Student Poster Contest 2020



SusTech 2020 invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit abstracts for the Student Poster Contest.

Students are invited to send in ideas or designs for developing projects/products supporting the sustainability topics areas of the Conference. The selected posters will be displayed during the SusTech 2020 Virtual (online) Student Poster Session, on Saturday April 25, 2020 being held in Santa Ana, California, USA on Thursday April 23 starting at 5:00 pm and ending by 9:00 pm.

The deadline to submit poster abstracts is midnight US Pacific Time, January 30, 2020 February 15, 2020.

Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2020 February 28, 2020.

Accepted posters must register for the contest and pay a $50 submission fee.

Download 1-page flyer Call for Posters Presentation (PDF).


Poster authors must be either undergraduate or graduate students at the time of submission and may be members of a team comprising of up to four students.  At least one student author must be an IEEE student member at the time of the submission of the poster to the Contest. The poster should be fully the work of the student or students and completed before they have received the engineering or scientific degree. At least one author must attend the Contest to present the poster.


Topics of interest are shown below. Posters must cover a topic relevant to the conference.

Focus AreaTopics
Renewable/Alternative Energy(e.g. solar, wind, tidal, fuel cells, energy harvesting, nuclear, thermal, power distribution)
Energy Efficiency(e.g. sensors and measurement, retrofits of existing infrastructure, energy saving controls, data centers, power saving, Smart Environment)
Internet of Things / IOT for sustainability(e.g.: sensors, computing, control, communication, storage and drive electronics targeted for IOT applications, medical electronics)
Smart Grid(e.g. communications, control, power electronics, industrial and home applications, energy storage, demand control and response)
Intelligent Transportation Systems(e.g. transportation electrification, electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, aviation/drones, motors, drive controls, batteries, sensors, electronics & fuel economy, environmental & power distribution impacts)
Electronics(e.g. sustainable manufacturing and industrial applications, components and systems, global materials supply, reuse and repair of consumer electronics, Open repair manuals and on-line repair and electronics sustainability resources, best practices)
eWaste(e.g. reduction, conversion, disposal, recycling, materials harvesting, reuse, managing product lifecycle)
Agriculture and Food Technology(e.g. control and production of fertilizers, soil, water conservation, irrigation, fisheries)
Ecological Sustainability and Conservation(e.g. technology to monitor global environmental change, technology for conserving nature on the high and deep seas, technology for nature conservation and management, technology to reduce the spread of invasive species, technologies to reduce the ecological foot print of a growing (blue) economy, technology to measure progress towards the sustainable development goals)
Water Resources Management(e.g. quantity and distribution of water in natural and the built environment, sensors, controls, systems to treat, reclaim, and conserve water)
Ocean Waste & Pollution Management(e.g. engineering solutions for industrial & military dumping in the oceans, CO2 trapping in the oceans effect, acoustic pollution, technologies for managing coastal oceans)
Societal Implications / Quality of Life(e.g. engineering of sustainable solutions, implementation challenges for sustainable technologies, Smart Cities, health & medical electronics, global education & human resources, ethics and professional responsibility, risk management, public policy)


If you have any questions or problems submitting your abstract, contact the SusTech 2020 Poster Contest Chair, Prof. Sean Monemi, Contestants will need to prepare a poster of no larger than 48 x 36 inches and on a tri-fold board.

The abstracts from 2018 can be found here.

Key Dates Jan. 30, 2020
Feb. 15, 2020
Submission deadline for poster abstract
Feb. 15, 2020
Feb. 28, 2020
Notification of Acceptance
Apr. 25, 2020 Final Poster Display During Conference
  Apr. 23, 2020 VIRTUAL (online) Poster Presentations



Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places as determined by the judges. First place $750; second $500; third $250. Information on the winners will be posted on the SusTech and IEEE Region 6 websites.


  1. Poster authors must be undergraduate or graduate students at the time of submission and may be members of a team comprising of up to four students.
  2. At least one student author must be an IEEE student member at the time of the submission of the poster to the Contest.
  3. The poster should be fully the work of the student or students and completed before they have received their engineering or scientific degree.
  4. The poster abstract should not be previously published or presented at another conference which has assigned copyright. If any plagiarism or copyright issues are found for the abstract, it will not be accepted.
  5. Poster abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. Abstracts submitted afterward will not be considered for evaluation.
  6. The organizing/review committee of the SusTech 2020 Student Poster Contest reserves the right to accept or reject any abstract without assigning any reason.
  7. After acceptance, one student author must register for the Poster Contest and pay the $50 submission fee. (no registration fee for online)
  8. At least one student author must attend the Contest to present the poster.


  1. Posters must be tri-fold and may be no larger than 36”x48”
  2. Posters will be placed to stand alone on the tables


  1. Set up begins at 8:30 am. At least one of the authoring students must be present at the SusTech Conference.
  2. Poster stands will be numbered.  Presenters should attach their posters to the stand number corresponding to the number assigned to their poster.
  3. Judging will occur from 9:30-10:30am.
  4. Poster session is open 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
  5. Take down by presenters no later than 1:00 pm.  Posters not removed by 1:00 pm will be taken to the Registration area.
  6. If selected as one of the winning posters, you will receive a ribbon on your poster and will also be notified via email.
  7. The SusTech Conference may request that prize posters be held temporarily for public display.





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