RWB Stephens Prize Competition
About the RWB Stephens Prize Competition
Elsevier, the publisher of the journal Ultrasonics, will again sponsor the RWB Stephens Prizes at the 2023 ICU BEIJING to be held in BEIJING, China. This competition honors the memory of Professor RWB Stephens (1902-1990) who was active in starting the Ultrasonic International (UI) conferences, and who contributed greatly to their success. During his lifetime, he was recognized as a great teacher who taught and inspired generations of students in acoustics and ultrasonics.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the presenters of up to five of the most outstanding papers (oral or poster) presented at the 2023 ICU BEIJING by a student or recent graduate (if the paper is based on the presenter's dissertation research) as determined by a panel of distinguished judges covering a broad diversity of ultrasonics topics. The chair of the Prize Committee is Prof Emeritus Wolfgang Sachse of Cornell University who was actively engaged with the ICU conferences as well as the journal Ultrasonics for many years.
All entrants for the RWB Stephens Prizes should complete their application as follows:
1. Send a note of intent to apply by August 1, 2023, via an e-mail to the Conference Organizer (;
2. Be a registered participant at the 2023 ICU BEIJING Registration desk by noon on Sunday, September 17th.

When applying please include the following information:
    1. Name of the entrant
    2. Title of the Paper
    3. Conference Paper Number
    4. Mentor or Faculty Advisor
    5. School or university where the research was carried out
    6. Date of diploma/degree or expected completion date
More information
The total prize money is 1500 EUR. The awards will be announced at the conference Closing Ceremony on Thursday, September 21st.
For further information please contact Prof Sachse (
Previous RWB Stephens Prize



In 2023 ICU BEIJING, on September 21th 2023, the winners of the RWB Stephens Prize were announced.

This competition honors the memory of Professor RWB Stephens (1902-1990) who was active in starting the Ultrasonics International (UI) conferences and who contributed greatly to their success.

RWB Stephens Prize winners (in alphabetical order):

· Friesen Olga (Paderborn University)
Estimation of temperature-dependent piezoelectric material parameters using ring-shaped specimens.

· Li Jianbin (Tongji University)
Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Evaluation of Bolt Loosening Using Vibro-acoustic Modulation (VAM)Features from A Mixing of Simulation and Experiment.

· Liu Lin  (Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Component wave analysis and application of the acoustic field in a borehole within a three-phase porous medium.

· Yanfeng Lang (Xi’an Jiaotong University)
Sparse frequency diverse array (FDA) for damage detection using Lamb waves.

· Yao Mengting (University of Nottingham)
GHz optoacoustic lenses for sub-optical resolution imaging.

RWB Stephens Honorable Mention Awards (in alphabetical order):

· Dreiling Dmitrij (Paderborn University)
A pulse-echo measurement setup to determine viscoelastic material parameters.

· He Zhihua (Beijing Jiaotong University, Eindhoven University of Technology)
A semi-analytical homogenization framework enabling efficient acoustic-structure coupling analysis of locally resonant acoustic metamaterial plates.

· Tian Jiaxing (Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen)
Phase Coherent Weighted Ultrasound Total Focus Imaging of CFRP Defects.

· Wang Xiaozhen (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Levitation stability: a theoretical and experimental study of radial anti-interference in acoustic levitation.

· Zhang Jiannan (Pusan National University)
Quantitative Inspection of Coated Layer in Marine Structures by Using Ultrasonic Guided Waves with Artificial Intelligence.

Our congratulations to all the winners of the RWB Stephens Prize from the Publishing Team here at Ultrasonics - well done! We wish you all success in your careers!


Important Dates
  • Abstract Submission Deadline

    Feb 28, 2023 Extended to April 4, 2023

  • Notification of Acceptance

    April 23, 2023 Extended to May 7, 2023

  • Deadline Early-bird Registration for Non-authors

    May 28, 2023Extended to June 6, 2023

  • Conference Dates

    September 18 - 21, 2023

  • Paper Submission Deadline

    June 25, 2023 Extended to Nov 30, 2023

  • Online Presentation Submission Deadline

    September 15, 2023