ITS Logo Contest

The International Thermoelectric Society is pleased to announce a $500 cash prize for a new ITS  logo. The new logo will replace the current logo

International Thermoelectric Society

as the primary identifying graphic for the ITS website and other Society uses.


  • The contest is open to everyone.
  • Provide two versions
    • a web-friendly version no larger than 468×60 pixels
    • a high-res version suitable for printing (letterhead, etc.)
  • Send submissions by to Jihui Yang, ITS President,
  • Submission deadline is October 1, 2012

Thanks and we look forward to your entries!

— Cronin B. Vining, ITS Webmaster



The  International Thermoelectric Society was formed in 1988 and the first issue of our newsletter, "Thermoelectric News", was printed in December of that year with simply the Society name serving the role of logo:

ITS Logo - December 1988

The second issue of the newsletter, dated January 1990, included essentially the same logo we still use today:

ITS Logo - January 1990ITS Logo January 1990

The idea for this logo came from Ed Burke, one of the founders of the Society and Newsletter Editor at the time. Ed worked for Marlow Industries and was a tireless and energetic advocate for thermoelectrics. That first newsletter (which he edited) lists Ed as "Chairman" of the "International Thermoelectric Society Advisory Board," and Charles Wood as ITS President. The "Advisor Board" is now simply the Board of Directors, or simply the Board.

Ed Burke at ICT1994 in Kansas City, MO, USA
Ed Burke at ICT1994 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

The January 1990 newsletter lists Chuck Sharp, also of Marlow Industries, as Designer, so it's possible he did the actual graphics. But the idea of turning the letters ITS into a stylized thermocouple was Ed's.

This logo has served well for these 22 years, but it's certainly high time the Society adopted a new logo.

Archives of those early newsletters are availalbe on this website.