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Lighting the Way, for College and Electronics: 1st Generation Student REU Experience 

The SENIC Undergraduate Internship in Nanotechnology (SUIN) program is a major component of the Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC), at the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech, that focuses on providing undergraduates in engineering the chance to spend a summer conducting research in a world-class collaborative lab with prominent Georgia Tech researchers. GT-IEN hosted 10 undergraduates from various U.S. colleges over the summer that engaged in hands-on research in a number of fields of nanotechnology.

This is our sixth installment of interviews with the students who spent their summer conducting research at Georgia Tech. Ronald Reliford Jr. is the first-generation college attendee from his family and hails from Campti, Louisiana. Ronald is attending Northwestern State University; Natchitoches, LA, majoring in Electronics Engineering and Technologies. Mr. Reliford worked with mentor Chuan-Wei Tsou in the laboratory of Professor Shyh-Chiang Shen (ECE).
Ronald Reliford Jr. is the first-generation college attendee from his family and hails from Campti, Louisiana.
What sparked your interest in engineering and what problems are you hoping to help solve as an engineer?
I have always been a problem solver, so engineering naturally sparked my interest. The idea that I could possibly change the world for the better via engineering and electronics design is exciting and inspiring.

What research are you conducting at GT and what applications do you feel this research may have?
I am working in the lab of Professor Shen conducting research on bio-inspired optoelectronics devices. The work I am participating in is to further the understanding of why biological organisms, such as fire-flies, produce certain colors of light and how these biologically based light sources may be applied to optoelectronics for compact light sources. These low to no heat emitting light sources may be beneficially applied in healthcare diagnostics and other harsh environments where light with minimal thermal effect is necessary.

What has been your favorite lab activity/ tool training/ etc. thus far and why?
As my career goal is centered on circuit board design and manufacture, my favorite activity has been the access to hands-on, industry grade tools for research. I loved training on the K & S Ball-Bonder, a circuit board wiring and fabrication tool.

Do you feel this REU experience has helped prepare you for working in a collaborative laboratory environment and furthered your education goals?
Yes, I believe the REU program has tremendous benefits! The hands-on experience and wealth of knowledge available here have definitely pushed me to realize my educational goals. The resource availability, whether it be a lab, tool, PI or mentor, have allowed me to be able to take the electrical engineering concepts learned in the classroom and apply it to actual experimentation. This ability to go beyond theory to practice is invaluable for undergraduate students who often do not have the chance to work in a laboratory environment.

What are your plans post-undergraduate?
My plans post-undergraduate include attending graduate school and pursuing a career in industry, targeting Apple or Samsung. As far as where I will attend for graduate studies, I would love to come back to Georgia Tech! Closer to home, I am considering application at the University of Texas at Dallas.

What is your favorite thing about/impression of GA Tech and ATL?
My favorite thing about Georgia Tech is how the campus environment is so intellectually stimulating. Everyone I’ve interacted with has been incredibly friendly and helpful. Additionally, although the workload kept me busy, I did have a chance to see a bit of the city and it is truly quite beautiful, with great scenery and tons to do. Off campus, I truly enjoyed a trip to Stone Mountain to celebrate the 4th of July.

The SENIC REU program is funded by NSF award EEC-1757579.
Vanishing Act

Transient materials are those designed for a specific end-of-life. The end-of-life  can be triggered by a particular event (e.g. sunrise or the end of a mission) or the end-of- life can simply be planned obsolescence (don’t clutter a land-fill).  The Kohl Group at Georgia Tech previously demonstrated transient sensors created to ‘disappear’ on command using ‘transient’ polymers. Transient polymers are low ceiling temperature polymers which depolymerize when triggered by light, chemicals or heat pulse.

These initial sensors were created by Aaron Jiang, Anthony Engler, Matthew Warner, Jared Schwartz, Dami Phillips and Jerry Gourdin of the Kohl Group.

In an update to this research, the Kohl Group their academic and industry team members scaled up this concept to create a fully functional test air vehicle. The team’s aircraft met some impressive project goal flight requirements:

  • Carry a 3 lb. payload
  • Perform fully autonomous flight mission to pre-determined location 100 miles away
  • Launch from low and high altitudes
  • Demonstrate precision landing within 10 m radius of landing target
  • Physically vanish after payload delivery and/or UV exposure

Congratulations to the Kohl team for their successful test-flight!

Inan Chosen as Georgia Power Professor of Excellence

Omer Inan has been chosen as the Georgia Power Professor of Excellence for the Georgia Tech College of Engineering. An associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Inan was recognized at the men’s basketball game between Georgia Tech and UNC-Chapel Hill on January 29 at McCamish Pavilion. 

Inan designs clinically relevant medical devices and systems, and then translates them from the lab to patient care applications. He brings his approach to research into the classroom, where he teaches courses in biomedical sensing systems, analysis, and instrumentation.

Read more here.

Naeemi Project to Feature in the 2019 Smithsonian Creativity Fest 

Working with a group from the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Azad Naeemi (ECE) and team have created a interactive video game to teach the basics of quantum mechanics that will be showcased at the Smithsonian Creativity Festival

Psi and Delta - a collaborative classroom video game that enables students to experience the world of the very small. Players control robots in a virtual quantum world that transforms the standard mathematical results of quantum mechanics to rule systems that are easy to learn and master. Project Members:  Aditya Anupam, Colin Stricklin, Charlie Denton, Shubhangi Gupta, Pragati Singh, Nassim Parvin, Azad Naeemi.

Read more here.

Cleanroom Corner

Spring 2019 IEN Micro-Fabrication Short Course

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech will offer a short course on micro-fabrication from March 18th - 20th, 2019. This in­tensive 3 day short course combines classroom lectures and laboratory based hands-on fabrication in the IEN cleanroom. The goal of the course is to impart a basic understanding of the science and technology of micro-fabrication processes as used in academia and industry.

This short course will cover essential micro-fabrication techniques including, photolithography, thin film deposition, etching, packaging, and characterization. Attendees will gain valuable experience by fabricating simple devices in one of the most advanced uni­versity cleanrooms in North America.

Attendance is open to the general technical community and is not limited to current Georgia Tech students or IEN users. Anyone interested in cleanroom fabrication techniques is strongly encouraged to attend this course. The course is suitable for both new and experienced researchers interested in micro-fabrication techniques and applications.

A course emphasis will be placed on IEN cleanroom resources, however, the concepts and techniques discussed are applicable to a broad array of research in this field.

Rates: *Rates include lunches on all days*

Georgia Tech Rate: $200
Academic and Government Rate: $400
Industry Rate: $800



Nanotechnology Events

Full Abstract and Bio Available Here

Tuesday February 26, 2019 | 12PM - Nano@Tech: Celebrating Silicon’s Success, its Hidden History, and its Next Act

Tuesday March 12, 2019 | 12PM - Nano@Tech:
Organic Semiconductors in the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Science Outside the Lab - The Future of Nanotechnology
Graduate Student Workshop on Nanotechnology in Washington D.C.

"Science Outside the Lab" is a workshop in Washington, D.C. that explores the relationships among science, innovation, policy, and societal outcomes. This customized one week version, sponsored by the Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure Southwest (NCI-SW), will investigate the context of nanotechnology decision-making in government and business at the local, state, federal, and international levels. During the week-long workshop participants meet and interact with groups of people who fund, regulate, shape, critique, publicize, and study nanotechnology and other emerging technologies. This includes people like congressional staffers, lobbyists, funding agency officers, regulators, journalists, academics, museum curators, and others.
More details can be found here:

NNCI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Program in Nanotechnology

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs are an excellent way for undergraduates to become acquainted with scientific research and graduate student life. REU programs typically consist of an intensive 10 week summer research experience at a university different than your own. Most research centers sponsor REU-like programs as part of their education and outreach efforts.

The specific technical areas vary by site, but all are within the broad umbrella of "nanotechnology". Projects are available within the broad areas of solid state physics and chemistry, materials science, electronic devices and materials, and biology/biomedical engineering.

Nanovation Podcast with Professor Michael Filler

Fred Rascoe - Coalition Smarty-Pants

Fred Rascoe from the Georgia Tech Library returns to the show to talk about the changing roles of libraries and scholarly publishing in the 21st century. Fred and Mike discuss why scholarly publishing has been so resistant to, really insulated from, change in the Internet era. They bat around ideas for business models that do not involve universities, companies, or the public paying for expensive journal subscriptions. Mike also makes the argument that peer review is not all it’s cracked up to be and Fred puts him in the hot seat, asking about his own publishing practices. (Recorded on September 13, 2018. Edited by Andrew Cannon)
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