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Swaminathan Appointed as PRC Director

 Following an international search, Madhavan Swaminathan has been appointed as the new director of Georgia Tech’s 3D Systems Packaging Research Center (PRC).

Swaminathan is the John Pippin Chair in Microsystems Packaging & Electromagnetics in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Founding Director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Co-Design of Chip, Package, System (C3PS). Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 1994, he was an engineer at IBM working on packaging for supercomputers.

“Swami is internationally recognized for his research in the area of electronics packaging, with a particular emphasis on signaling, power delivery, RF, chip/package co-design, and system integration,” said Oliver Brand, executive director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology. “With his long track record of engaging both faculty and industry partners, I am pleased that he will serve as the new PRC director and I look forward to working with him to further expand Georgia Tech’s strength in electronics packaging and system integration.”

Swaminathan is the author of 450+ refereed technical publications, holds 30 patents, and is the primary author and co-editor of 3 books – Power Integrity Modeling and Design for Semiconductors and Systems, Prentice Hall, 2007; Introduction to System on Package, McGraw Hill, 2008; and Design and Modeling for 3D ICs and Interposers, WSP, 2013. He has graduated 42 Ph.D. and 20 M.S. students during his career at Georgia Tech. Swaminathan is the founder and co-founder of two start-up companies, and the founder of an international IEEE conference, Electrical Design of Advanced Packaging and Systems (EDAPS), a premier conference supported by the Electronics Packaging Society.

Swaminathan’s research has been recognized with 21 best paper and best student paper awards. In addition, his most recent awards include the D. Scott Wills ECE Distinguished Mentor Award (2018), the Georgia Tech Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award (2017), the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli (NITT) in India (2014), and the Outstanding Sustained Technical Contribution Award from the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society (2014). He is an IEEE Fellow and has served as the Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society.

Swaminathan received his B.E. Degree in Electronics and Communication from Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirapalli (now NITT) in 1985, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He succeeds Rao Tummala as the director of the PRC, which was founded in 1994. Tummala was a professor in the School of ECE and the School of Materials Science and Engineering.

“The PRC is the premier academic research center in the world focused on leading-edge packaging and heterogeneous integration. The PRC students, staff, and faculty are world class and this coupled with industry-centric research makes the center activities very unique,” Swaminathan said. “I am excited to lead the PRC into its next era where System on Package (SOP) technologies can serve as the platform to help redefine and continue Moore’s law.”
Zajic Selected for IEEE Atlanta Section Outstanding Engineer Award

Zajic was chosen for this honor for her sustained technical contributions to wireless chip-to-chip communications and electromagnetic compatibility. She joined the ECE faculty in 2012 and leads the Electromagnetic Measurements in Communications and Computing Group. 

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Urine Test to Evaluate Immunotherapy Success Gets $1.8 Million NIH Research Grant

The National Institutes of Health has granted $1.8 million to a research project at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where the lab of Gabe Kwong has already established a platform to detect complex disease and immune activity. Kwong will use the new funding from the NIH’s National Cancer Institute to advance the platform to evaluate immunotherapy progress.

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Cleanroom Corner

Spring 2019 IEN Soft Lithography for
Microfluidics Short Course

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech will offer a short course on “Soft Lithography for Microfluidics” on April 18 & 19, 2019. 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.

Rates: *Rates include lunches on all days*

Georgia Tech Rate: $150
Academic and Government Rate: $300
Industry Rate: $600

broad array of research in this field.

Nanotechnology Events

Graduates in Nanotechnology (GIN) Special Guest Lecture

Nanomaterials Design for Energy and Environment -
Yi Cui Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Monday, April 8, 2019 | 11PM
Marcus Nanotechnology Building 1117-118

Nanotechnology has provided a novel technology platform which can address critical energy and environmental problems and enable new opportunities. In the past decade, my group has conducted research on new ideas to address problems related to energy conversion, storage and saving, and environment cleaning (air, water and soil). Here I will show exciting examples, including: 1) high energy battery materials including Si and Li metal anodes and S cathodes; 2) Nanofiber air filters for efficient PM2.5 removal and low air resistance. 3) Cooling and heating textile for personal thermal management.

More Details Available Here.

COSMOS Lecture Series
April 11th, 2019 @ 10:00AM
Marcus Nanotechnology Building 1116 

10:00 AM - Advancements in Modeling, Sensing and Control for High-Resolution Additive Manufacturing: Kira Barton, Associate Professor; Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Abstract: Additive manufacturing (AM) describes a class of processes that perform a layer-by-layer “bottom-up” fabrication approach as opposed to traditional top-down, subtractive fabrication such as milling and lathing. Printing-based AM, and in particular micro-scale AM (μ-AM), has received significant attention in recent years as an enabling technology capable of revolutionizing the way we manufacture electronics, biosensors, and optics in this country. Meso-scale AM is capable of fabricating integrated features beyond what conventional machining can perform at this length scale. However, μ-AM has yet to demonstrate the fabrication of complex 3D structures at the micro-scale that are not fabricable by traditional micromachining. Limiting this step change in manufacturing capabilities is the reliance of μ-AM systems on a process monitoring, regulation, and quality control paradigm that is performed post-process and in an ad hoc manner.  In this talk, we discuss some recent developments in process modeling, sensing, and control that aim to break this open-loop paradigm by providing the controls theoretic and process modeling knowledge to develop a robust closed-loop system for measurement and compensatory control.

10:45 AM - Reinventing the Physical Layer to Create Interactive Sensing and Computing Systems: Alanson Sample, Associate Professor; Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

Abstract: Harnessing electromagnetic waves has changed how we live, work, and play. While the semiconductor industry has enabled faster, cheaper, and lower power wireless computing devices, there is the opportunity to use this underlying technology to re-examine the physical layer and explore novel sensing mechanisms, new wireless communication techniques, and innovative ways of harvesting energy and delivering power wirelessly. This talk presents an overview of ongoing projects which aims to create new interactive sensing experiences through innovations in hardware and software. Topics will include the use of signal processing techniques that turn battery-free, long-range RFID tags into minimalistic sensors, methods for turning everyday walls into touch interfaces, as well as backscatter sensor nodes that run perpetually off of harvested power.
Materials Characterization Facility

Transmission Electron
Microscopy Workshop

May 8th - 10th, 2019
Paper Tricentennial Building Room 114
500 10th Street NW | Atlanta GA | 30332
The Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) at Georgia Tech will offer a three-day workshop on “transmission Electron Microscopy” between May 8 to May 10, 2019. This workshop includes morning lectures and afternoon laboratory demonstrations. The topics on transmission electron microscopy (TEM) covered by the lectures will include the diffraction theory, diffraction contrast, phase contrast, TEM simulation, EDS and EELS, and sample preparation. We will mention the scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) as well. Lab Demonstration will include the basic TEM operation on diffraction and imaging, chemical analysis, electron holography, electron tomography and 4D TEM.

Target Audience:  
Attendance is open to researchers from academia, industry and government laboratories/organizations as well as to current Georgia Tech students, IEN and MCF users.

Rates: *Rates include lunches on all days*
  • Georgia Tech Rate: $300
  • Academic and Government Rate: $400
  • Industry Rate: $600

Nanovation Podcast with Professor Michael Filler

Greg Parsons - Knife fight

Greg Parsons from North Carolina State University is the guest on this episode of the Nanovation podcast. Greg is an expert on atomic layer deposition (ALD), the process by which thin films or coatings are deposited atomic layer by atomic layer. Or, as Greg explains, almost. We discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of ALD. While Greg has explored the use of ALD in a variety of applications, his pioneering work in the area of textiles stands out. Greg's scientific talks are filled with great stories, and this discussion is no different. You’ll hear stories of scientific discovery and also gain insight into Greg’s philosophy for research and life. Be sure to listen to the end to hear Greg participate in the inaugural Nanovation "lightning round." (Recorded on December 6, 2018. Edited by Andrew Cannon)
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