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Congratulations to our Senior IEEE Members at CTR

The grade of “Senior Member” is highest level of recognition within the IEEE society that a professional member can directly apply for. IEEE senior memberships require extensive individual experience, professional maturity and remarkable contributions. Pascal Nicolay and Martin Kraft from CTR received this special honour.

Prestigious Status

The New York-based IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, has awarded Dr Martin Kraft, Area Manager Photonic Systems at CTR, the title of a Senior Member. After Dr Pascal Nicolay, Senior Researcher for Microsystems Technologies, Martin Kraft is the second CTR scientist to reach this prestigious IEEE status.

The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Organized in ten geographic regions, the IEEE represents more than 400,000 engineers and scientists in electrical electronics engineering and related disciplines worldwide. In terms of content, the IEEE is divided into 39 globally operating specialist societies that map the entire spectrum of electrical engineering, electronics and information technology.

All professional societies publish latest scientific results as well as basic topics in their "Transactions" and "Magazines". In addition, they organize thematically focused conferences and elaborate IEEE standards used worldwide. The IEEE is thus a worldwide reference of electrical engineering and information technology, offering a comprehensive publication platform for the current state of science and technology.

Select Circle

Pascal Nicolay is a member of the IEEE "Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society" (UFFC), which is responsible for essential areas of ultrasonic waves and related technologies like piezoelectric and piezomagnetic materials. Martin Kraft is presently a member of the “IEEE Sensors Council" and the “IEEE Systems Council”. Advancing to senior member, our two CTR colleagues joined a select circle: less than 10 percent of IEEE members have so far achieved this status.

Receiving an IEEE senior membership means to undergo an international review process in which each candidate is subjected to an evaluation of his or her personal education history, achievements, remarkable contributions and relevant experience in the field. The promotion of Dr.s Nicolay and Kraft thus also illustrates the high level and international recognition of the research conducted at CTR, in particular in the fields of advanced solid state acoustics and advanced and applied photonics.

For CTR as a research centre, this means an extraordinary opportunity to expand its international visibility and position at the highest level through a strong commitment in the field of Smart Sensors and System Integration.


Focussing on smart sensors and system integration, CTR is one of the leading non-university research centres in Austria. Its goals and mission are to develop innovative, cutting-edge solutions and processes related to design, production and usage of integrated sensors, micro- and nano-systems. Together with company partners from e.g. the electronics, automotive or medical sector and a network of renowned universities, the approximately 80 employees (permanent research team, including doctoral candidates) conducts regional, national and international research and development projects aiming at forward-looking innovation. Founded in 1997, CTR has so far created more 80 patented inventions, and is a member of the RESEARCH AUSTRIA network.


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Dr. Martin Kraft, Area Manager Photonic Systems at CTR

Dr. Pascal Nicolay, Senior Researcher Microsystems Technologies at CTR

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