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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.


December 12, 2017 | 10:30am - 11:30am | Marcus Nanotech 1116

“More-than-Moore with Integrated Silicon-Photonics”

Vladimir Stojanovic, UCLA Berkeley

Abstract: In this talk we'll present the latest results on the integration of silicon-photonic interconnects into a monolithic platform (45nm SOI logic process and bulk CMOS memory periphery process). These include world's first microprocessor communicating to the outside world with monolithically integrated Si-Photonic devices, as well as first demonstrations of photonics in bulk CMOS processes. We’ll also illustrate some critical aspects of this technology that need to be addressed from integration, circuits and systems side, in order to realize the full energy-efficiency and bandwidth-density potential of this technology. Moreover, just like integrating the inductor into CMOS in 1990s revolutionized the RF design and enabled mobile revolution, integration of silicon-photonic active and passive devices with CMOS is greatly positioned to revolutionize a number of analog and mixed-signal applications – low-phase noise signal sources, large bandwidth, high-resolution ADCs, and photonic phase arrays, to name a few.

Biography: Vladimir Stojanovic is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include design, modeling and optimization of integrated systems, from CMOS-based VLSI blocks and interfaces to system design with emerging devices like NEM relays and silicon-photonics. He is also interested in design and implementation of energy-efficient electrical and optical networks, and digital communication techniques in high-speed interfaces and high-speed mixed-signal IC design.

Vladimir received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2005, and the Dipl. Ing. degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 1998. He was also with Rambus, Inc., Los Altos, CA, from 2001 through 2004 and with MIT as Associate Professor from 2005-2013. He received the 2006 IBM Faculty Partnership Award, and the 2009 NSF CAREER Award as well as the 2008 ICCAD William J. McCalla, 2008 IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging, and 2010 ISSCC Jack Raper best paper awards. He was an IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecturer for the 2012-2013 term.

December 12, 2017 | 12pm - 1pm | Marcus Nanotech 1117-1118

Nano@Tech: Inverse Microstructure and Processing Design and Homogenization

Prof. Hamid Garmestani
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Abstract: The field of materials and microstructure design and characterization techniques has progressed significantly in the past two decades. Materials and processing design methodologies effectively utilize the incomplete materials knowledgebase to link final product properties to initial microstructure. Microstructure representation has become a primary vehicle to reach this goal. Characterization techniques that can provide consistent microstructure representation include x-ray, microscopy (SEM, TEM), and tomography. Methodologies that can make the Inverse Materials Design a reality require novel mathematical and computational frameworks and methodologies in addition to experimentally-based knowledge creation to integrate computational-prediction and experimental-validation approaches. This talk will present current advances in multiscale computational materials frameworks based on Microstructure Sensitive Design and statistical homogenization techniques. Microstructure representation and digitization using spectral techniques are at the heart of such methodologies. Application of the present methodologies in thermo-mechanical processing of advanced magnesium alloys, the effect of machining in Al and Titanium alloys and processing of textured silicon solar cells and solid Oxide Fuel Cells are discussed with respect to inverse methodologies.

Biography: Hamid Garmestani is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech and is a Fellow of ASM International and ASME. He got his PhD from Cornell University in 1989, and after serving as a post-doctoral associate at Yale University, he joined FAMU-FSU college of Engineering as an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Garmestani has had leadership roles in both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Materials Division and ASM.  He has organized more than 30 workshops and symposia in the emerging subject of materials design. He was awarded “Superstar in Research” by FSU-CRC in 2000.  He was also the recipient of the Faculty Award for Research from NASA. He is presently funded through DOE, Boeing, NOVELIS and NSF. Dr. Garmestani is a member of the editorial board of International Journal of Plasticity, Journal of Mechanics of Materials, Computers, Materials and Continua and Theoretical and Applied Multi-scale Modeling of Materials. He has developed methodologies in Microstructure Sensitive Design (MSD) framework that address an inverse methodology and innovations in various aspects of processing, structure-property relationships, and simulation-based design of materials.

December 14, 2017 | 12pm - 1:30pm | Paper Tricentennial Bldg. Seminar Room - Rm 109

Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy - Principles, Practice, and Applications

Drs. Tom Schamp and Stephen House

Abstract: The Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) has evolved from a niche research-lab apparatus to arguably the leading electron microscopy analysis technique humanity has devised.  In this presentation, I will discuss general principals of the STEM and aberration correction with an emphasis on making the concepts readily accessible.  Then I will discuss examples of how the STEM is being or has been used to obtain data from nearly every conceivable signal available, including three-dimensional data. - C.T. Schamp Ph.D.

January 9, 2018 | 10:30am - 11:30am | Marcus Nanotech 1117

Nano@Tech: Bio-Interfaced Soft Electronics for Human-Machine Interfaces and Health Monitoring

Prof. W. Hong Yeo
Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Abstract: My research focuses on the fundamental and applied aspects of nanomechanics, biomolecular interactions, soft materials, and nano-microfabrication for nanoparticle biosensing and unusual electronic system development, with an emphasis on bio-interfaced nanoengineering. In this talk, I will present recent research works on soft, stretchable electronic systems which include biomimetic materials, mechanics designs, and system integration, aiming for advancing human healthcare and wellness. The first part of my talk will be devoted to present mechanics and materials for designing of soft electronics based on nanomembranes. Afterwards, I will talk about applications of the soft bioelectronics for biomedical devices that monitor biopotentials and physiological parameters for human health monitoring and human-machine interfaces.

Biography: Dr. W. Hong Yeo is a TEDx alumnus and biomechanical engineer. Since 2017, Dr. Yeo has been an Assistant Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Program Faculty in Bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining Georgia Tech, he worked at Virginia Commonwealth University Medicine and Engineering as an assistant professor from 2014-2016. Dr. Yeo received his BS in mechanical engineering from INHA University, South Korea in 2003 and he received his PhD in mechanical engineering and genome sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2011. From 2011-2013, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Beckman Institute and Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the fundamental and applied aspects of nanomechanics, biomolecular interactions, soft materials, and nano-microfabrication for nanoparticle biosensing and unusual electronic system development, with an emphasis on bio-interfaced translational nanoengineering.Dr. Yeo is an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) and Scientific Pages of Bioengineering, and Review Editor of Frontiers of Materials (Frontiers Publishing Group). He serves as a technical committee member for IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference and Korea Technology Advisory Group at Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has three issued and more than five pending patents. His research has been funded by NIH, MEDARVA Foundation, Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, CooperVision, Inc., Korea Institute of Materials Science, Commonwealth Research Commercialization, and State Council of Virginia. Dr. Yeo is a recipient of a number of awards, including BMES Innovation and Career Development Award, Virginia Commercialization Award, Blavatnik Award Nominee, NSF Summer Institute Fellowship, Notable Korean Scientist Awards, and Best Paper/Poster Awards at ASME conferences.

January 18, 2018 | 10:30am - 11:30am | Marcus Nanotech 1117

IEN Research Focus Seminar: Microneedles to Monitor Health and Human Performance

Ronen Polsky - Sandia National Laboratories, Department of Nano and Micro Sensors

Abstract: We are exploring the prospect of using microneedles to access biomarkers for monitoring exposure to chemical and biological weapons. The development of an on-body diagnostic platform that can continuously monitor physiological markers in real-time will allow early warning capabilities that can signal an exposure event even prior to the onset of symptoms. We will present results on the development of a wearable transdermal diagnostic device to monitor lactate. A microfluidic device, based on microneedles, is being fabricated which can be worn on an individual and can painlessly access biological fluid (e.g., blood and/or interstitial fluid) through the skin for real-time, long-term autonomous diagnostics of health and fitness. From our currently sponsored DTRA project, we have developed non-destructive interstitial fluid extraction methods that do not rely on blister formation, vacuum, or microdialysis. As we avoid methods that may change the native interstitial fluid content, we have enabled studies to determine baseline correlations between interstitial fluid and blood biomarkers. We have also found that exosomes are highly prevalent in interstitial fluid and will show preliminary results for genomic and proteomic analysis of the fluid.

Biography: Dr. Polsky finished his PhD in 2004 at New Mexico State University with Joseph Wang and after a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under Itamar Willner joined Sandia National Laboratories in 2006. He is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Department of Nano and Micro Sensors with extensive expertise in biosensors and bioelectronics, surface chemistry, advanced fabrication, and novel nanomaterials. He currently leads a program on microneedle sensors.


April 20 & 21, 2018

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 20 & 21, 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


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