ASSD - Message from the 2018 Chair Kateryna Artyushkova

Advancing the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

ASSD Chair

Dear Division Members,
I am honored and happy to be the 2018 Chair of the Applied Surface Science Division (ASSD). Several years back I have had the privilege of serving on the executive committee alongside Chairs Vin Smentkowski, Amy Walker, Steve Pachuta, and Kathy Lloyd. It is exciting to be back as a part of our active division in a role of a Chair. I am very grateful to the Past Chair Michaeleen Pacholski for guidance and help with the transition. Determination and energy of our executive committee contribute to the success of ASSD, and it is an honor to take the responsibility to continue growth of ASSD towards high-quality science and broader scope. 

My personal history goes back to 1999 when I first attended American Vacuum Society Meeting as a graduate student in Julia Fulghum group at Kent State University. I was working on developing experimental and statistical methods of extracting information from complex surface analytical datasets (spectroscopic and imaging). I was excited to belong to a society with a variety of topics from fundamental to applied, from biological to semiconductor materials. In 2012-2013 I was involved in putting together a program for a focused topic on in situ microscopy and spectroscopy. It is almost twenty years of my professional involvement in the applied surface analysis as a scientist and member of society.

This year, in 2018, our ASSD program for AVS 65 in Long Beach, CA is under the leadership of our program chair Michaeleen Pacholski.  We will start the symposium with Quantitative Surface Analysis. Other session topics include multitechnique applications, industrial and practical applications of surface analysis, imaging and multidimensional analysis, beyond traditional surface analysis and analysis of complex and challenging materials. We also will have two special sessions celebrating the careers of Nicholas Winograd and Barbara Garrison. It promises to be a great meeting with diverse topics.

This year our, always entertaining, ASTM E-42 workshop will be held as usual on Tuesday and is also dedicated to the careers of Nicholas Winograd and Barbara Garrison. Moreover, don’t forget about student award competition, where students compete for a cash award and present capsule presentations.  Everyone in the audience votes for their top pick and writes comments to help these students as they start their careers.  We ask all members from Academia and National Labs to encourage their students to apply for student awards - I hope you can join us this year; please be sure to check the conference program for the location.

In 2017, we awarded the Peter Sherwood Mid-Career to Felix Kollmer from Ion-TOF. Please nominate scientists whose career resulted in achievements leading to exceptional progress in research and development in an area of interest to the ASSD.

We are growing participation of young demographics as members of the division by introduction of Early Career Board Member. We are growing younger and hipper! Now, our division has substantially improved website and Instagram account! Be sure to follow us on Instagram as ASSD_General ( for updated information on speakers, conference information, and changes to the ASSD website.

One more note! The ASSD sponsors the annual topical conference Surface Analysis (SA), which for 2018 will be held June 19-21 in Richland, WA and hosted by AVS Pacific Northwest Chapter. It will be held jointly with Annual Symposium of PNWAVS. The 2018 Annual Symposium of PNWAVS marks their 56th anniversary as a chapter (the oldest in AVS), and several events such as plenary speakers and history displays are anticipated to mark this occasion. By jointly holding the Symposium with Surface Analysis 2018, we will attract a broader attendance of high quality surface/vacuum scientists, leading to a fruitful and enjoyable meeting.  More information can be found on our meetings tab as the information becomes available. If any AVS regional chapters are interested in hosting future iterations of SA, please contact me, and I can provide you with the appropriate information and contacts.

Finally, we continue to brainstorm ideas that can increase the impact of our division and would like to hear from you about new ideas for our division, for session topics, web content, etc. Please contact me if you would to be involved in the ASSD or have an opinion to share!

Kateryna Artyushkova