Recently at ThinFilms 2016, the Society presented the inaugural Special Contribution Award to Prof. Wang Fuzhen, a retired professor from Beijing Lianhe University.  Society President and Conference Chair, Prof. Sam Zhang, presented the Award plaque during the conference banquet and the inscription (reproduced here) on the plaque explains why Prof. Wang was bestowed with this award.

In recognition of her

relentless efforts and outstanding contributions

to the thin films and coatings community

Especially in her self-motivated creation of a 10 hour long

online e-course on “ion-plating technology”

which has been freely available in the

cloud classroom since 2014

Prof. Wang was honoured to receive this award and gave an acceptance speech.