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EXPERI-MNTL: The Alumni Newsletter of MNTL
 
 

January 2016

 
 
 
 

2016 promises to be an exciting year at MNTL with the addition of a new industry affiliates program, new research initiatives, a construction project, and new equipment. Read on...

 
 
 
 

New program facilitates research and recruiting activities for industry members. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE faculty Dan Wasserman and Xiuling Li are part of a team that has developed a new specially engraved, nanostructured thin-film technique that creates a nonreflective yet conductive surface that could improve electronic device performance. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE Professor Milton Feng, in collaboration with AMI Research & Development LLC, has developed a patented energy conversion system based on antenna array principles and which operates at room temperature--a key step for commercialization. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

Bionengineering Assistant Professor Andrew Smith's lipoprotein nanoplatelets are particularly well-suited for imaging cells and understanding disease mechanisms. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

MatSci Assistant Professor Kris Kilian led a team of researchers in developing a new technique to create hydrogel cell habitats that realistically and quickly recreates microenvironments found across biology. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

MNTL faculty affiliates are part of the NSF-funded Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems center that was renewed for five more years. Read on...

 
 
 
Alumni connect with students
 
 

Former MNTL graduate students Fred Kish (BSEE ’88, MSEE ’89, PhD ‘92) and Pam York (BSEE ’84, MS ’85, PhD ’90) shared their views on tech transfer and entrepreneurship at the ECE ILLINOIS LAUNCH Beyond event in Urbana on November 6. Kish, who also gave a seminar at MNTL on photonic integrated circuits, is the senior vice president at Infinera; York is the founder and CEO of Atasi Ventures, which builds and invests in early-stage startups. Other alumni who participated in LAUNCH and who have ties to MNTL include Mark Bohr (MSEE ’78), senior fellow and director at Intel, and Mark Hersam (BSEE ’96, PhD ’00), materials science engineering professor at Northwestern University.

 
 
 
Wanted: Equipment donations
 
 

Is your company upgrading its semiconductor processing equipment? Would you like to help MNTL keep its research equipment up to date? If you anwer yes to both those questions, then please consider donating used equipment to MNTL. We especially would appreciate receiving:

• wafer bonders     • vacuum pumps

• evaporators         • sputter systems

Please contact MNTL Director Brian Cunningham for more details.

 
 
 
Faculty and student achievements
  • ECE Professor Emeritus Jim Coleman, a former MNTL faculty member and current faculty member at the University of Texas at Dallas, received the ECE ILLINOIS Distinguished Alumni Award in September 2015 for research accomplishments in the field of compound semiconductor crystal growth, teaching, and service.
  • Ralph Nuzzo, an MNTL faculty affiliate, was named a Fellow of the American Assocation for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to materials chemistry, particularly for the development of self-assembled monolayers as systems for the design of functional molecular surfaces and interfaces.
  • ECE graduate student Huiming Xu, a member of Professor Milton Feng's research group, received the 2014 Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium Best student paper award in October 2015 for his research on a novel double heterostructure bipolar transistor.
 
 
 
Upcoming events
  • MNTL Forum, including the MNTL Industry Affiliates Program annual meeting and the 14th annual CNST workshop   |   May 4-6   |   Urbana-Champaign campus