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EXPERI-MNTL: The Alumni Newsletter of MNTL
 
 

May 2016

 
 
 
 

At MNTL, we appreciate the creativity, knowledge, and hard work of our 300 graduate students, who conduct such impactful research. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

Highly regarded for his work at IBM, Yurii Vlasov is forming an integrated optical devices lab that focuses on biomedical applications like intelligent biosensors. He's also starting an experimental neuroscience systems lab that will develop engineering tools to better understand the microcircuits in the brain. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

The AFOSR Young investigator Award will enable ECE Assistant Professor Can Bayram to engineer wide bandgap gallium nitride semiconductors for solid-state lighting and next-generation electronics applications. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE Professor Milton Feng and his students have developed VCSEL technology that delivers a blazing 57 Gbps error-free data transmission at room temperature. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

Using engineered tissue environments, MNTL faculty affiliate Kristopher Kilian led an Illinois research team that discovered skin cancer stem cells appear in highest numbers along the edges of a tumor. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

Based on differential immuno-capture technology, Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir's microfluidic biosensor detects sub-populations of white blood cells from a single drop of blood in 20 minutes. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

MechSE Assistant Professor Sungwoo Nam's new crumpling approach may enable applications in wearable technology and integrated biomedical optical sensing. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

Using the Ion-Gas-Neutral Interaction with Surfaces (IGNIS) facility in MNTL, faculty affiliate J.P. Allain is developing materials that may someday advance fusion energy. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

After a $49 million acquisition of their company Epiworks, Illinois alumni David Ahmari (PhD EE 1998) and Quesnell Hartmann (PhD EE 1998) will remain with the semiconductor wafer company they founded in 1997. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

MNTL colleagues remember ECE Professor Emeritus Joseph Verdeyen, who served in key leadership roles in the early days of MNTL. Read on...

 
 
 
Where are they now?
 
 

In this issue, we profile Pinar Zorlutuna, a former MNTL post-doctoral researcher who is now a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame. Read on...

 
 
 
Graduate student spotlight
 
 

ECE graduate student Brad Thompson is developing new methods to tune VCSEL arrays, in addition to performing outreach for the photonics community. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

Mechanical Science & Engineering Assistant Professor Arend van der Zande and ECE Assistant Professor Wenjuan Zhu have introduced a new nanomaterial growth system in the MNTL clean rooms. The new MOCVD system is capable of growing a new class of monolayer 2D nanomaterials. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

Greg Pluta will lead MNTL's new Industry Affiliates Program and help streamline MNTL operations. Read on...

 
 
 
Faculty and student achievements
  • Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir's biological robot research was featured in a recent issue of NSF's online magazine. 
  • ECE Professor Kent Choquette is the 2016 recipient of the SPIE Technology Achievement Award for development of high-performance VCSELs, particularly the invention of the practical oxide-confined VCSEL which has been widely deployed in data communication optical links in the Internet, data centers, and supercomputers. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics.
  • ECE Associate Professor John Dallesasse received a College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research in April. A photonics industry veteran for 20 years, Dallesasse is conducting research on photonic integration for next-generation optical networks. 
  • ECE Professor Emeritus Nick Holonyak Jr. was named an honorary member of The Optical Society for developing technology that advanced solid-state lighting, the Internet, high-performance computing, and visible LEDs and quantum-well diode lasers. 
  • ECE graduate student Carlos Duarte-Guevara won the $100,000 Singapore Challenge Prize to develop a portable, point-of-care biosensing system that can detect harmful food-borne pathogens in about eight hours and without the need for a trained technician. He is a member of Professor Rashid Bashir's research group.
  • Bioengineering MD/PhD graduate student Kenneth Long received the campus Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award in April. A member of Professor Brian Cunningham's group, Long is developing smartphone-based diagnostics for infectious diseases. He has worked on international development projects in Cameroon and Cambodia, and is developing a global health partnerhsip with a university in Sierra Leone.
 
 
 
Recent funding

Songbin Gong, Sandia National Lab, Frequency Agile RF Photonics Platform Based on Lithium Niobate Microresonators, April 2016 - Sept. 2016, $50,000.

Xiuling Li, University of Texas Arlington, Single Sheet Lasers for Attojoule Optoelectronics, Dec. 2015 - Nov. 2018, $25,000.

Gang Logan Liu, University of Minnesota, Measuring and Modeling Dentrification Hot Spots on Agricultural Landscapes, Aug. 2015 - July 2018, $114,000.