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ECpE professor named editor-in-chief of Sensors and Actuators journal

Liang Dong

Liang Dong, Iowa State University professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE), has been selected as editor-in-chief of Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, a flagship journal in the area of microsensors, microactuators and microsystems.

“This is indeed a true recognition of Liang’s outstanding work and research leadership in this area,” Professor and Palmer Department Chair Ashfaq Khokhar said.

According to the journal’s website, “Sensors and Actuators A: Physical brings together multidisciplinary interests in one journal entirely devoted to disseminating information on all aspects of research and development of solid-state devices for transducing physical signals.” The journal publishes articles on the areas of fundamentals and physics, materials and processing, optoelectronic sensors, mechanical sensors, thermal sensors, magnetic sensors, micromechanics, interface electronics and sensor systems and applications.

“It is a great honor to take over the responsibility of editor-in-chief for this internationally respected Elsevier journal,” Dong said. “As a researcher in the area of sensors and microsystems, I am continually developing novel physical and biochemical sensors, micro-optical devices and micro/nano-fabrication approaches to facilitate measurements of complex information about the physical and eco-environment, and thus, to innovate information technologies such as internet of things, and to improve soils, plants, animals and human health.”

As Dong mentions, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical falls under the umbrella of Elsevier, an international publishing business that provides information analytics solutions and digital tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support and professional education, according to their website. They publish approximately 430,000 peer-reviewed research articles annually.

Dong started his editorial position on July 1 and looks forward to his role with the journal.

“I have been thinking about what I could do to contribute to the existing reputation of this 38-year-old journal and further strengthen its position in the scientific community. Because of the impressive predecessors and the great work they have done for the journal, it is really not an easy task,” Dong said. “However, some new features could be themed special issues, faster times to publication and decision on acceptance and more area-specific associate editors. I have been working with Dr. Christian Schulz, senior publisher of Elsevier, to form a new team of associate editors for the journal. Ultimately, the contributors are the researchers in the area of miniature sensors and actuators who really can make this journal great.”