Virtual Collaborations

The Ultrasonic Industry Association, like almost all other associations, had to reposition its annual gathering designed to share ideas, latest advances and provide networking opportunities. 

The UIA board recognizes that one of the most helpful components of the annual symposium is the “unconference” portion - the opportunity for individuals deeply involved in the ultrasonic applications and research to discuss the applicability of information to their needs.

In response to this need - which is still as vital as ever - the UIA Board is establishing a Virtual Collaboration, designed to provide ultrasound information and the opportunity for small groups to discuss ways that this information can be successfully implemented.

Virtual Collaborations will be held every other month to encourage sharing of ideas among members that has been a hallmark of the UIA Symposium.

March 21 VC

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Tools and techniques for characterizing transducers
4 March 2021 at 10 am EST / 3pm GMT

Featuring  Dr. Andrew Mathieson, Thales UK, and Mark Hodnett, National Physical Laboratory, UK

This Virtual Collaboration, the third in the series of sessions that UIA has been running since Fall 2020, will discuss various methods for characterising the output and performance of a power ultrasound transducer, and also of the components within it. Specific examples will help you decide when to use a particular measurement approach and will give insights into the sensitivities and inter-relations between system parts. The session will be presented by Dr. Andrew Mathieson, Thales UK, and Mark Hodnett, National Physical Laboratory, UK

This edition of Virtual Collaborations will be available to UIA members at $50 / students at $25 / nonmembers at $75.

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Multi-wavelength Probes and Blades: Tuning / Gain / Balancing

This Virtual Collaborations was presented by Jeff Vaitekunas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Penn State Behrend.

 To view the recording, please email to register and get the link.


The first Virtual Collaboration was held on Thursday, 24 September 2020 


One of my favorite aspects of Ultrasonic Industry Association symposiums is the collaboration that occurs during breaks in the actual symposium presentations.  Ultrasonic technology is highly non-linear and often confounding, and bouncing thoughts with peers is practically impossible on a day to day basis due to the significant intellectual investment necessary to understand the issues.  With the current pandemic, it is not feasible for many to meet in person and have these collaborations.  That is why I am looking forward to the UIA’s virtual collaboration on applying pre-load to Langevin-type piezoelectric transducers.  Over the years I have experienced several instances of pre-load issues that at the time were confusing, but with hindsight are completely understandable.  These collaborative discussions provide the insight needed to overcome common issues that are otherwise difficult to comprehend.


Jeff Vaitekunas Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Penn State Behrend