Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts
Introduction

Purpose
To provide a forum for the presentation and siscussion of the latest developments in the field of electric contacts and the application of recent advances in materials and processes in electric, electronic and telecommunication equipment.

For Whom
Practicing designers, engineers, physicists and research scientists - those new to the field and those experienced. The 2002 Holm Conference will include excellent papers authored by some of the outstanding technical people in this field. The international contributors come from USA, Austria, Canada, Japan, China, France, Switzerland, Russia, Germany and United Kingdom. These papers will provide the attendees with up-to-date information on a wide range of subjects that makes this conference so attractive to the practicing engineer.
Additionally, the 2002 Holm Conference will make it possible for any attendee to discuss personally, with any author, either additional details concerning the work presented by the author at the conference or any subject related to the authors field of expertise.

Background

The Holm Conference began in 1953 as a forum for the discussion of electrical contact phenomena and related fields. In 1968, the conference was named the Holm Conference in honor of Dr. Ragnar Holm. Dr. Holm, whose contributions to the field of electrical contacts span 50 years and form the foundation of the electrical contacts field, was the inspiration and guide of the Conference from its inception until his death in 1970.
In addition to the Annual Conference, the Conference Organization regularly conducts an intensive one-week course on contacts and participates in the biannual International Conference on Electrical Contacts.

Sponsorship
The conference is sponsored by the Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

34 Technical Papers, the Ragnar Holm Scientific Achievement Award, and the Dr. Morton Antler Lecture highlighting the most recent electrical contact work will be presented:
Contacts Properties and Performance, Connector Contacts, Sliding Contacts, Aluminum Contacts, Arcing Contacts, Silver Metal Oxide Contacts, Micorelectromechanical Systems, Automotive Switches and Relays
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