This year, the IEEE International Ultrasonic Symposium will be held jointly with the World Congress on Ultrasonics (WCU) in Atlanta, Georgia, October 7-10, 2001. On behalf of the Technical Program Committee (TPC), I would like to invite you to join this annual Symposium. The joint meeting with WCU is exciting and marks a truly global event for the ultrasonics Community.

In the past few years, the scale of our symposium has grown steadily. The number of abstracts submitted this year is a record high. The joint meeting with WCU has contributed to this growth. To accommodate such a large number of abstracts, the organizing committee has made efforts to increase the number of slots for both oral presentations and the poster space. Despite our efforts, the rejection rate for submitted abstracts is still high . The full electronic submissions of abstracts via the web and electronic processing continued this year. The smooth handling of abstracts has resulted in a high-quality technical program. Thanks to the entire Technical Program Committee and the staff at FASS (symposium management), an exciting technical program has been assembled. The technical program consists of five parallel oral sessions and large poster sessions daily, and will run for three full days.

Student paper awards will be given this year, the first time in the history of our Symposia. Fifteen student competition finalists have been chosen equally from the five areas of the Technical Program Committee (Medical Ultrasonics, Sensors, NDE and Industrial Applications, Physical Acoustics, Surface Acoustic Waves, and Transducers & Transducer Materials). The student finalists will present their work in posters. The student posters will be placed in a special meeting room (Jarrett Room) and judged by a group of experts. Five winners (one from each area) will be chosen to receive a cash award and the results will also be announced in the meeting reception and in the Newsletter of the UFFC Society.

In addition to the technical program, the social and guest programs will allow attendees to explore the rich history of the city of Atlanta. Atlanta was also the hosting city of the 1996 Olympic Game. The hotel for the meeting is part of the complex of the CNN news center. Attendees may enjoy the tour of the CNN center.

I hope you are as excited as I am and join us to attend the important international event of the ultrasonics community. See you in Atlanta in October.

Jian-yu Lu
Technical Program Chair
2001 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium - A Joint Meeting with the World Congress on Ultrasonics