Connect with IEN

As part of IEN’s mission to develop and cultivate the next generation of technologists, our team hosts numerous professional development lectures and short courses. Course and lecture topics include cleanroom fabrication techniques, advanced lithography techniques, market sector applications of nanotechnology research, and seminars on nanotechnology as it relates to other fields of engineering. These events are open to both GA Tech and other institutions’ researchers and educators, as well as to those in industry and the interested public.


All events are listed in chronological order, please scroll down to find and register for the event for which you are interested.


March 27, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Marcus Nanotech 1117

Nano@Tech: Nanotechnology, Risks, and Regulatory Options with Richard Barke


Abstract: The National Science Foundation estimated that revenues from nano-enabled products grew worldwide from about $340 billion in 2010 to $731 billion in 2012, and more than $1 trillion in 2013.  The impact of the nanotechnology revolution is undeniable, with vast potential benefits, from consumer products to industrial products, pharmaceutical and military applications, energy technologies, cosmetics, and so on.  But along with these benefits come potential risks. As the EPA wrote in 2016, “nanomaterials are very useful, but there is little research about how they affect human and ecosystem health.”  Uncertainties about health, safety, and environmental effects, and even about how to define and classify nanomaterials, have persisted.  It is certain that regulatory policies in the U.S. and internationally will attempt to address these risks and balance them with the benefits, but several decades of experience reveals that analogies to previous emerging technologies are difficult and regulators have been hesitant to make definitive decisions. In some ways, the regulatory regime that will emerge may be as innovative as the technology that it addresses.  In this talk I will examine some of the legally and politically inescapable procedural and substantive aspects of nanotechnology regulation, and identify some of the directions that American regulatory policy might move.

Bio: Dr. Richard Barke is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy. He received his BS in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Rochester. His recent research interests focus on the regulation of risk, the roles of politics within science, and of science within politics. Dr. Barke has written about topics such as the political behavior of scientific disciplines, the impact of university curricula on the organization and advancement of scientific knowledge, the politics of science budgeting in Congress, and how scientists translate scientific findings into policy recommendations. Recent works involve the decision making processes by which science and ethics are reconciled in the regulation of research, particularly research involving human subjects and in nanotechnology. Currently he is writing a book about obstacles to long-term policy making.

April 26 & 27, 2018 | Marcus Nanotech

Spring 2018 Short Course: Soft Lithography for Microfluidics

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech will offer a short course on “Soft Lithography for Microfluidics” on April 26 & 27, 2018. This course module is designed for individuals interested in hands-on training in the fabrication of microfluidic devices using the soft lithography technique. This 2 day intensive short course will be structured to assume no prior knowledge of the technologies by the participants. The course agenda is evenly divided between laboratory hands-on sessions, including SU-8 master mold creation using photolithography and PDMS device fabrication in the IEN cleanroom, and supporting lectures.  The goal for this course is to impart a basic understanding of soft lithography for microfluidic applications as practiced in academia and industry.

Target Audience
This short course is open to off-campus researchers from academia, industry and government laboratories/organizations and is not limited to current Georgia Tech students or IEN users. Anyone who is interested in starting research in the area of microfluidics or PDMS device fabrication is invited and strongly encouraged to participate.

Rates: *Rates include lunches on all days*
Georgia Tech Rate: $150
Academic and Government Rate: $300
Industry Rate: $600

Register for the Course Here


Enhance Your Lab Skills and Learn to Make a PDMS Device!

May 21 & 22, 2018 | Marcus Nanotech

Spring 2018: 2nd Annual IEN Technical Exchange Conference

Join us at the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) for our annual Technical Exchange Conference. This 1.5 day event covers topics ranging from materials to architectures for tomorrow’s micro-/nano enabled electronic systems, while also providing one-on-one opportunities to engage with industry and academic technical leaders, GT faculty and students.

Emerging Paradigms of Computing
Session I Chair: Prof. Arijit Raychowdhury, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

James D. Meindl Distinguished Keynote Lecture
"Beyond von-Neumann Computing - a Hardware Perspective"
Dr. Spike Narayan
Director of Science & Technology, IBM Research - Almaden

“Design and Benchmarking of Beyond-CMOS Devices"
Prof. Azad Naeemi
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology

"Challenges in Internet-of-Things and Cyber-Physical Systems”
Prof. Marilyn Wolf
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar; Rhesa "Ray" S. Farmer, Jr., Distinguished Chair
in Embedded Computing Systems, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

"Inverse Problems and Machine Learning in Modern Signal Processing”
Prof. Justin Romberg
Associate Chair for Research; Schlumberger Professor,  School of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Georgia Institue of Technology


Student Poster Session, Reception & Networking


Advanced Flexible Electronics for Biosensors and Bioelectronics
Session II Chair: Prof. Hong Yeo, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering & Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

James D. Meindl Distinguished Keynote Lecture
“Soft electronic and microfluidic systems for the human body”
Professor John Rogers
Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, 

Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University

“Sampling Interstitial Fluid from Skin Using a Microneedle Patch for Biomarker Detection”
Professor Mark Prausnitz
Regents' Professor; J. Erskine Love Jr. Chair, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Director of the Center for Drug Design, Development and Delivery,
Georgia Institute of Technology 

“Non-Invasive Technologies for Physiological Sensing and Modulation”
Assistant Professor Omer Inan
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 

“Flexible Tech for Improving Hearing and Balance”
Associate Professor Pamela Bhatti
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Designing Multi-Functional Electrodes for Next-Generation Energy Storage Devices”
Assistant Professor Seung-Woo Lee
Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


Lunch Provided


The Promises and Challenges of High Performance
Electronics Everywhere

Session III Chair: Prof. Michael Filler, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

James D. Meindl Distinguished Keynote Lecture
“There is more than one way to expand on computing”
Professor Gregory Abowd
Regents Professor and J. Z. Liang Chair, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Unlocking the Potential of 4D Printing with Printable Interactivity”
Dr. Tico Ballagas
Senior Manager, Immersive Experiences Lab, HP Labs

“High Performance Electronics: Can Carbon Compete with Silicon?””
Professor Bernard Kippelen
Joseph M. Pettit Professor;  Director, Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics;
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Single-crystalline Semiconductors and Devices at a Massive Scale?”
Professor Michael Filler
Traylor Faculty Fellow; School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Karen Buechler
Chief Technology Officer, ALD NanoSolutions