World's Smallest Transistor
(October 31, 2016) – The smallest transistor ever fabricated has been announced by a team of researchers led by Center for E3S investigator and UC Berkeley professor, Ali Javey. In a paper published in Science the team demonstrated an electrical switch with a record-low 1-nanometer gate; far below the 5-nanometer limit that can theoretically be achieved by conventional semiconductors.
The research team, which also includes E3S Deputy Director, Prof. Jeffrey Bokor (UC Berkeley) and E3S investigator Prof. H.-S. Philip Wong (Stanford) circumvented the 5-nanometer limit through a new generation of electronic materials. Carbon nanotubes were used as the gate material, whereas atomically thin molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) sheets replaced conventional silicon as semiconductor. Once combined into a device, the electronic properties indeed confirmed that the world’s smallest transistor acts as an electronic switch, controlling the flow of electrons.
While Prof. Javey pointed out that this successful demonstration is only “a proof of concept” and more work needs to be done before these transistors become interesting for practical applications, he also emphasized this work showed that “Moore's Law can continue a while longer by proper engineering of the semiconductor material and device architecture.”
For more information, please go to the Berkeley Lab press release.
TTE Research Interns Committment to Excellence at Peer-reviewed Conferences
(October 22, 2016) – The Transfer to Excellence (TTE) Program encourages its community college researchers to further their passion for research and present at peer-reviewed conferences. This year, we would like to congratulate eight alumni from the 2016 TTE Cohort who presented at the fall 2016 National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
Jimi Cao (Pasadena City College), Michael Fernandez (East Los Angeles College), Karen Ho (Pasadena City College), Alex Kern (Consumes River College), Celia Kitchell (City College of San Francisco), Huy Voung (Pasadena City College), Jordan Wilson (Diablo Valley College), Andy Zhang (College of San Mateo) presented the research they did at the TTE program at the 2016 SACNAS in Long Beach, CA.
On the behalf of the E3S community, we thank and congratulate you for all of your hard work and accomplishments!
Multiple Honors for E3S Theme Leader, Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu
(August 7, 2016) – The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) is proud to announce Prof. Tsu-Jae King Liu has been elected to the Board of Directors at Intel Corporation.
Prof. King Liu, who leads the E3S Nanomechanics theme, was welcomed by Intel Chairman Andy Bryant: “[Prof. King Liu] brings a wealth of expertise in silicon technology and innovation that will be valuable for Intel in many areas as we navigate a significant business transition while continuing to lead in advancing Moore’s Law and harnessing its economic value.”
In addition to this distinguished honor by Intel, last week the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) announced Prof. King Liu has been selected to receive the 2016 SRC Aristotle Award. This esteemed award was created by the SRC Board of Directors in March 1995 with the intent "to acknowledge outstanding teaching in its broadest sense, emphasizing student advising and teaching."
Heartiest congratulations from the entire E3S community to Prof. King Liu for these prestigious honors!
E3S Further Expands Summer Research Opportunities
(June 17, 2016) – The successes of E3S research internship programs as pathway programs to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists lie, in part, in the understanding of the need for follow-on engagement with undergraduate program alumni. The research experiences for undergraduates (REU) programs that are organized by E3S have provided both formal and informal follow-on engagement; the formal mainly in the form of travel grants for program alumni to present their research outcomes at professional conferences. New in 2016, E3S has awarded two research interns from the 2015 programs their second REU opportunity as i-ETERNs at the Laboratoire d'électronique des technologies de l'information of the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Leti) in Grenoble, France. Enabled by a new NSF supplemental award to E3S, the i-ETERNs engaged in 9 weeks of research at CEA-Leti are:
Imani-Kai Horton, an Electrical Engineering major at Hampton University and a 2015 UCB-HBCU Scholar, is hosted by Dr. Gaël Pillonnet, Research Scientist.
Donato Kava, an Electrical Engineering major at University of Texas at El Paso and a 2015 E3S REU intern, is hosted by Dr. Louis Hutin, Research Engineer.
Dr. Louis Hutin, also an E3S alumnus, has been instrumental in expanding the partnership between E3S and CEA-Leti. He shared, “We are delighted that two undergraduates supported by E3S are research interns at CEA-Leti this summer. International research experiences can contribute not only to the building of the students’ research capacity, but knowing how to collaborate with others from different countries will help develop the scientists and engineers needed for the global economy. I speak from personal experience having had the opportunity to develop a professional network not only in France, but also in the US that has been enabled by my postdoctoral research experience at UC Berkeley.”
The i-ETERN Program is part of a large portfolio of programs in support of undergraduate education that E3S has organized for Summer 2016. The Center is welcoming 26 visiting undergraduates and 5 community college professors who have arrived at two of its member institutions to begin their internships / fellowships.
The E3S Research Experiences for Undergraduates (E3S REU) Program for upper-division undergraduates is welcoming 11 interns to UC Berkeley and MIT. Hosting of 3 undergraduates by E3S faculty at MIT has been enabled by the continuing partnership with the MIT Summer Research Program which has been an E3S programmatic partner since 2012.
Managed concurrently with the E3S REU Program is
the UC Berkeley (UCB) HBCU Program which is sponsored by the
University of California, Office of the President (UCOP).
In 2016, four undergraduates from four different Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are
joining the E3S REU interns for 9 weeks of hands-on independent research at UC Berkeley.
- Learn more about 2016 cohorts of the E3S REU and UCB-HBCU Programs.
Educating community college students continues to be a key focus of E3S.
Founded in 2011, the Transfer to Excellence Research Experiences for Undergraduates (TTE REU) Program has hosted
71 students from 38 California community colleges, including the 2016 cohort of 11 students from 9 community colleges.
- Learn more about 2016 cohort of the TTE REU Program.
E3S also supports community college education through its programs for community college faculty. Funded by NSF through a Site award to Prof. E. Yablonovitch, E3S Center Director, the UC Berkeley Context-Based Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program is hosting 5 faculty members from San Francisco Bay Area community colleges at UC Berkeley for 9 weeks. Community college faculty members have also received support to develop new teaching materials. In addition, the Center is hosting an assistant professor from Los Angeles Trade Technical College who is in residence at UC Berkeley for 6 weeks to develop new teaching materials for physics and engineering courses. The 6 community college faculty members are also receiving pedagogical support from the Center for Teaching and Learning as part of their fellowship at UC Berkeley.
Samir Abboud, Instructor, Laney College, is hosted by Prof. J. Wu , Materials Science & Engineering Department
Binod Dhakal, Lecturer, Diablo Valley College, is hosted by Prof. E. Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
Leonard Filane, Adjunct Professor, Chabot Community College, is hosted by Prof. A. Javey, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
Rose-Margaret Itua, Associate Professor, Ohlone College, is hosted by Prof. D. M. Kammen, Energy Resources Group
Kofi Opong-Mensah, Adjunct Professor, College of Marin, is hosted by Prof. F. R. Fischer, Chemistry
Virgil Shields, Assistant Professor, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, is hosted by Prof. J. Bokor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
E3S Promotes Collaborations among Member Institutions
(June 15, 2016) – In support of the multi-institutional mission of the Center, the E3S Executive Committee announced a new program for post-doctoral scholars to further promote collaborations among the five member institutions, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, UTEP and FIU. Funding for four new inter-institutional postdoctoral research positions, one position for each of the four research themes (nanoelectronics, nanomechanics, nanophotonics, and nanomagnetics) has been authorized. E3S has initiated the recruitment of four new postdoctoral scholars who will spend time at different member institutions of the Center, working on theme-spanning research projects. - Learn more about the job postings.
The new postdoctoral program augments the existing E3S Rotation Program that provides financial support for graduate students and postdocs, who are already working on an E3S project at his/her home institution, to spend several months as visiting researchers at another institution of the Center. This summer, the Rotation Program is supporting Dr. Ali Hadjikhani, Postdoctoral Fellow in the research group of Professor Sakhrat Khizroev at FIU, and Aldo Vidaña, Graduate student of the research group of Professor David Zubia at UTEP, to be visiting researchers in residence at UC Berkeley for 9 weeks.
Hosted by Professor Jeffrey Bokor, Dr. Ali Hadjikhani is collaborating with Dr. Jeongmin Hong. Ali’s research project at UC Berkeley focuses on applying He-ion microscopy to fabricate sub-10-nm Magnetic Tunnel Junction (MTJ) devices. He will have access to a new (and very rare) state-of-the-art three-beam Focused Ion Beam (FIB) system at UC Berkeley. This facility has been specifically designed in order to fabricate record-small sub-10-nm structures nanomagnetic/spintronic devices for energy-efficient information processing.
Hosted by Professors Ali Javey and Tsu-Jae King Liu, Aldo Vidaña is collaborating with Peter Zhao, Graduate Student in the Javey Research Group. Aldo is investigating the electronic properties of transition metal dichalcogenides under strain. An aim of his project is studying bulk and interface switching mechanisms using the most promising transition metal dichalcogenide materials. His research project is part of the larger goal to integrate these materials with nanomechanical actuators for the design and fabrication of optimized device switching.
E3S Research Group Experimentally Confirms the Landauer Limit
(March 18, 2016) – A breakthrough in understanding energy-efficient computing was announced by a team of researchers led by Professor Jeffrey Bokor, leader of the Nanomagnetics Theme within the Center for E3S. In a paper published in Science Advances, the group reported the first experimental demonstration of the Landauer Limit – the minimum energy theoretically required to carry out a computation. Although this thermodynamic limit was first predicted by Rolf Landauer more than 50 years ago, conventional computers still use far more energy every time they peform a calculation.
“We wanted to know how small we could shrink the amount of energy needed for computing,” said Professor Bokor. “The biggest challenge in designing computers and, in fact, all our electronics today is reducing their energy consumption.”
In the Science Advances paper, the Bokor group showed for the first time that the Landauer Limit can indeed be reached by demonstrating a computational operation using around a million times less energy than conventional computers. By devising a sensitive, high-precision magnetometry measurement, the group experimentally tested and confirmed the Landauer Limit by flipping a magnetic bit at room temperature. Most importantly, flipping the magnetic bit required only three zeptojoules of energy (or three billionths of a billionth of a joule) – the thermodynamically smallest possible energy cost for a computational operation.
Professor Bokor, also Deputy Director, Center for E3S, further explained: “The experimental demonstration of a computational operation at the thermodynamic energy limit highlights the Center’s mission as a Science and Technology Center of the National Science Foundation. Such exploratory research helps lay the groundwork for developing revolutionary new approaches for next-generation energy-efficient electronics and information processing.”
- Learn more: Read also the UC Berkeley news release.
Yablonovitch Awarded the 2016 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize
(March 14, 2016) – At its March Meeting in Baltimore, MD, the American Physical Society awarded the 2016 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize to Professor Eli Yablonovitch for seminal achievements in solar cells and strained quantum well lasers, and especially for creating the field of photonic crystals, spanning both fundamental science and practical applications of that science.
This prize is named in memory of Oliver E. Buckley, an influential president of Bell Labs and is given “to recognize and encourage outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics”.
The entire Center for E3S extends our congratulations to Center Director Yablonovitch, on receiving the prestigious Buckley Physics Prize. - Learn more: Read the APS announcement.
Salahuddin to Receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
(February 28, 2016) – The Center for E3S proudly congratulates Professor Sayeef Salahuddin for being among the 105 researchers named to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
Recipients of the PECASE award — the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers — were announced by President Obama on February 18, who noted: “These early career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness. We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people.”
As part of the E3S Nanomagnetics Theme, Professor Salahuddin has been focusing on developing next-generation low-energy switches based on current-driven magnetic elements and spintronic phenomena. Professor Eli Yablonovitch, Center Director and Principle Investigator, pointed out: “The Center is also proud to have funded his early research on negative capacitance in ferroelectric materials for low-power logic applications. We are truly delighted for Professor Salahuddin that his nanoelectronics and nanomagnetics research are being recognized by this prestigious award.” - Learn more: Read the official White House announcement.
E3S Expands Research Efforts in Semiconductors Based on Novel Materials
(February 3, 2016) – The Center for E3S is expanding its research in semiconductors based on two-dimensional chalcogenides and graphene nanoribbons with the expectation that both materials are intrinsically amenable to have defect levels significantly lower than the semiconductor materials in use today. Two new faculty members, Steven Louie, Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, and Jing Kong, Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT, are joining in support of these technical emphases in the Nanoelectronics research theme.
Professor Steven Louie, an expert in theoretical condensed matter physics and nanoscience, will lend his simulation and modeling expertise to the bottom-up graphene nanoribbon semiconductor-based research efforts. He will join the Center’s synthetic organic chemists, Professor Felix Fischer, UC Berkeley and Professor Timothy Swager, MIT, who are exploring experimental approaches for fabricating graphene nanoribbons to have electronic properties for milli-volt switching.
Professor Jing Kong, an authority on monolayer semiconductor synthesis, will join Professor Ali Javey, who pioneered the Center’s efforts on two-dimensional chalcogenide materials and device research. The November 2015 publication in Science of Professors Javey and Eli Yablonovitch on a successfully treating chalcogenide materials chemically to control defects further affirmed the Center’s research direction. While practically all experimental research efforts in chalcogenides are based on micron-sized samples, Professor Kong has been working on synthesis of large area and high quality chalcogenide materials.
Professor Eli Yablonovitch, E3S Center Director and leader of the Nanoelectronics research theme, noted: "One key achievement of the E3S Nanoelectronics theme is the recognition of the importance of material perfection in the realization of milli-volt switching. The research of Professor Kong will be a bridge to the practical application of chalcogenides as a materials platform for semiconductors. The basic understanding of the influence of structural modifications and dopants on the properties of graphene nanoribbons systems derived from Professor Louie’s theoretical studies will have immediate impact on the synthetic efforts of Professors Fischer and Swager.”
E3S Welcomes New Executive Director
(December 15, 2015) – Dr. Michael H. Bartl assumed the position of Executive Director on November 16, replacing Dr. Josephine Yuen, founding Executive Director, who has decided to step down after five plus years of service to the Center.
Dr. Bartl was an Associate Professor of Chemistry at University of Utah, where he served as chair of the Physical Chemistry division and a theme leader in the NSF funded Materials Research Science & Engineering Center: “Next-Generation Materials for Plasmonics and Spintronics”. He has supported education and diversity initiatives, particularly through his work on the Task Force on Women and Minorities at his college that addressed the professional development of underrepresented groups.
"We are delighted to have attracted Dr. Bartl to our center," said Prof. Eli Yablonovitch, Center Director and Principal Investigator. "Dr. Bartl's experiences in administration, grant management, education and outreach are most relevant to the work of E3S. I look forward to working with him as he guides the faculty, staff, students and postdocs in establishing a strong legacy E3S in the coming five years."
Successes for 2015 Transfer to Excellence Research Interns at Professional Conferences
(December 1, 2015) – The Transfer to Excellence (TTE) Program challenges its community college participants to present their research at peer-reviewed conferences. Congratulations to seven alumni from the 2015 TTE cohort who met the challenge this fall by presenting at the 2015 National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the 2015 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium that was organized by Council on Undergraduate Research.
Shany Ben Artsy (Los Angeles Pierce College), Kimberley Fountain (Berkeley City College), Kamaria Ashley Kermah (El Camino College), Divyashish Kumar (College of San Mateo), Lakshika Ruwanpathirana (Los Angeles Pierce College), and Melissa Roberts (Diablo Valley College) presented the research they did under the TTE Program at 2015 SACNAS in Washington, DC. Among them, three students, K. Fountain, K. A. Kermah, and L. Ruwanpathirana, won the Student Presentation Awards. D. Kumar, K. A Kermah, and M. Roberts won travel scholarships from SACNAS to attend the conference.
Separately, Irving Garduno, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, presented the research he performed at Marvel Nanofabrication Laboratory of University of California, Berkeley at the Engineering Session of the 2015 REU Symposium that was held in the Atrium of the National Science Foundation. On hand to lend support was Dr Jeffrey Clarkson, Staff Scientist, who hosted and mentored Garduno during summer 2015.
UCOP Graduate Studies Director Attends Poster Session at UC Berkeley
(August 6, 2015) – To mark the end of the summer at UC Berkeley, a poster session that showcased the research accomplishments of the participants of the Center for E3S organized summer research programs was held at UC Berkeley. There were 28 posters from three undergraduate research internship programs (E3S REU, UCB-HBCU, and TTE REU), as well as a research program, UCB RET, for community college faculty. In attendance was Dr. Pamela Jenkins, Director, Graduate Studies, University of California Office of the President (UCOP), who served as a poster judge along with 14 other judges. The poster judges, who were anonymous to the poster presenters, provided written input to the presenters after viewing the posters and conducting discussions with the presenters. In total over 110 people attended, including UC Berkeley faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff members, as well as parents, friends, and colleagues of the program participants. Closing ceremonies, before and after the poster session, were held for each program, where the program participants received certificates of completion for their nine-week research experience at UC Berkeley.
Yablonovitch Wins the IOP Isaac Newton Medal
(July 1, 2015) – The Institute of Physics (IOP) of the United Kingdom announced today that it has awarded the Institute's highest accolade, the Isaac Newton Medal, to Prof. Eli Yablonovitch for “his visionary and foundational contributions to photonic nanostructures”, which have spawned the research field of photonic crystals. Photonic crystals can manipulate light, similarly as a semiconductor can steer electrical current, and are now being used in research areas as diverse as quantum computation, nanoscale imaging and sensing, photovoltaics, optical interconnects, and high performance light-emitting diodes. Prof. Yablonovitch will receive the Isaac Newton Medal at an awards dinner on November 5, 2015.
The faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff of the Center for E3S joins the IOP in applauding the achievements of Prof. Yablonovitch, E3S Center Director, and congratulate him on being named an Issac Newtown Medallist.> - Learn more: See the official IOP announcement.
E3S Hosting Research Programs for the Fifth Summer
(June 6, 2015) – From its first summer in 2011 with only one program, with eight undergraduate interns, at its lead institution, UC Berkeley, the Center for E3S has grown to offer undergraduate internships at four member institutions and programs for community college faculty at its lead institution. This growth in programmatic efforts has been made possible through continuing and new campus partnerships. Beginning this weekend, the Center is welcoming 35 visiting scholars who are arriving at its member institutions to begin their 5 to 9 weeks of internships/ fellowships.
The E3S Research Experiences for Undergraduates (E3S REU) Program for upper-division undergraduates is welcoming 11 interns to UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford and The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The continuing partnership with the MIT Summer Research Program is enabling the Center to support two REU interns at MIT. For the first time, the Center is partnering with the UT System LSAMP Program to host an intern at UTEP.
Four rising juniors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are joining E3S REU interns at UC Berkeley. Jointly managed with the E3S REU Program, the new UC Berkeley HBCU Program is funded through a new grant from the Graduate Studies Division of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) to Prof. T.-J. King Liu, who is Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS) and also the Associate Education Director for E3S. - Learn more.
At UC Berkeley, the Transfer-to-Excellence (TTE) Program continues to host students from California community colleges as research interns, made possible by a new NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site grant to EECS Prof. Jeffrey Bokor, who is E3S Center Deputy Director and E3S Associate Director of Education. This new grant and the Center's funding is enabling 14 students from community colleges across California to engage in Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Robotics research this summer. Besides joining EECS and MSE research groups, these community college interns are also with research groups in the Mechanical Engineering Department (ME), Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Chem. Biomol. Eng.), Physics Department (Physics), Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology (NST), and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). - Learn more.
E3S further supports community college education through programs for community college faculty. Funded by an NSF grant to Prof. Eli Yablonovitch, E3S PI and Center Director, 5 Bay Area community college professors and instructors are spending 9 weeks at UC Berkeley as part of UC Berkeley Context-Based Research Experiences for community college Teachers (UCB RET) Program. In partnership with another NSF Science and Technology Center, TRUST, the program is offering research opportunities in Cybersecurity and Energy this summer.
The Context-Based RET program complements the established E3S Teacher Fellows Program, which is hosting one community college faculty member to engage in curriculum development at UC Berkeley this summer.
The community college professors/instructors in the UC Berkeley RET program are spending eight weeks in research and 1 week in curriculum development.
Scott Beaver, Chemistry Instructor at Merritt College, is hosted by MSE Prof. J. Wu and mentored by Dr. Hwan Sung Choe.
Miranda Braselton, Mathematics Instructor at Chabot College, is hosted by Drs. G. Friedland and S. Egelman, International Computer Science Institute, and mentored by Julia Bernd.
Carlos Rojo, Physiology Instructor at San Jose City College, is hosted by EECS Prof. R. Bajcsy and mentored by Daniel Aranki.
Hitesh Soneji, Engineering Professor at San Francisco City College, is hosted by Prof. D. Callaway, Energy & Resources Group and mentored by Michael Cohen.
Carol Stanton, Mathematics Professor at Contra Costa College, is hosted by EECS Prof. D. Song and mentored by Dr. Gilad Katz.
Through the E3S Teacher Fellows Program, Artemio Navarro, Assistant Professor, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, is spending five weeks at UC Berkeley to develop a new electrical engineering course. He is hosted by EECS Prof. T.-J. King Liu, and mentored by Indrasen Bhattacharya.
The Center for E3S wishes the visiting undergraduates and community college faculty a productive and enriching summer experience.
Chemistry Faculty Joins the Center
(Apr 1, 2015) – The Center for E3S welcomes Felix Fischer, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, as a faculty member in the Nanoelectronics research theme. The Fischer group’s research topic is Quantum Tunneling Devices in Synthetic Graphene Nanoribbons.
Professor Eli Yablonovitch, E3S Center Director and Leader of the Nanoelectronics research theme, shared: "E3S has placed attention squarely on novel materials systems capable of producing the most perfect molecular scale device structures as material perfection will be a pre- requisite for progress towards a milli-volt nanoelectronic devices. The Center's researchers at MIT and Berkeley have learned from a combination of experimental and analytical studies that that the current level of material defects explains, in part, why the reported experimental results to date have failed to yield devices with the steepness, On/Off ratio and conductance promised by theory. Professor Fischer's research on Quantum Tunneling Devices in Graphene Nanoribbons promises to move our Center's research towards high-yielding, atomically perfect device structures."
Professor Fischer will give a webinar on his research to Center members on April 29.
Professor King Liu Kicks Off Program with Historically Black Colleges and Universities
(Sep 24, 2014) – Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu, E3S faculty and Chair, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at UC Berkeley, and Dr. Sharnnia Artis, E3S Education and Outreach Director, conducted information sessions at three (HBCUs), Norfolk State University, Morgan State University and Howard University, to kick off the U of California, Berkeley-HBCU Program: Pathways to the Science & Engineering Doctorate. The three sessions were attended by a total of 130 students and faculty of the hosting institutions.
This new program, funded by the University of California Office of the President, will support undergraduates from HBCUs to undertake research at UC Berkeley and their home institutions. The program’s vision is an increase in the enrollment of African-American graduates from the HBCU partners to engineering and physical science doctoral programs at UC Berkeley or other UC campuses, fueled by a strong pipeline of undergraduates who have been inspired by their research experiences.
The Center for E3S is one of four NSF funded centers that will host HBCU students as summer interns.
The other centers are three NSF Engineering Research Centers: Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN),
Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale MultiFerroic Systems (TANMS), and
Center for Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT).
Nine faculty members of UC Berkeley’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department, who are associated with the four NSF centers,
will be welcoming students from HBCUs beginning in Summer 2015.
- Learn more.
Grand Opening of UTEP’s New Nanofabrication Facility
(Sep 18, 2014) – The Center for E3S extends our congratulations to Professor David Zubia, the Center’s faculty at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
as the new $4.5 million nanofabrication cleanroom facility is formally opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. For the last ten years, there has been an overall
initiative to expand academic and research programs in semiconductors at UTEP, which started with seed funding from Texas Instruments Foundation.
Professor Zubia, who has been the lead faculty in establishing this advance facility for nanotechnology research, shared that “the grand opening has resulted from
four years of intensive efforts: two years to design and construct the Nanofabrication Facility and another two years to install equipment and develop technology.”
This facility provides advanced experimental capacities as Professor Zubia pursues his research that is part of the Center for E3S research program.
- Learn more.
Farewell to the 2014 Research Interns and Visiting Facutly
(August 7, 2014) – A poster session and closing ceremonies marked the official end of the
2014 summer research programs that were led by Center for E3S at UC Berkeley.
More than 100 people attended the poster session that presented the research of the 12 juniors and seniors from the E3S Research
Experiences for Undergraduates (E3S REU)
program, the 14 community college students from the Transfer to Excellence Research Experiences for Undergrads (TTE REU)
program, as well as the 5 visiting community college faculty from two Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) programs. The attendees included UC Berkeley faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff,
as well as visitors to the campus, including those from Bay Area community colleges and high schools.
- Click HERE to view the 2014 E3S REU posters.
- Click HERE to view the 2014 TTE REU posters.
Welcome to the Summer 2014 Programs
(May 23, 2014) – The Center for E3S is thrilled to be hosting research interns and visiting faculty from a wide variety of institutions across the country. The Center is hosting 85 students and community college faculty in 7 educational programs across 3 member institutions, greatly surpassing the number of visitors from any previous summer.
In the second week of June, the E3S Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program for upper-division undergraduates will welcome its 11 interns at UC Berkeley, 2 interns at MIT and 1 intern at Stanford.
The E3S REU interns at UC Berkeley are:
Yee Ling Gan, an EECS sophomore from MIT, is hosted by Prof. C. Chang-Hasnain, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Linda Li.
Christopher Gayton, an EECS senior from UTEP, Long Beach, is hosted by Prof. A. Javey, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Dr. Tania Roy.
Terrell Glenn, a Physics sophomore from Morehouse, is hosted by Prof. S. Salahuddin, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Dr. Long You.
Justin Laguardia, an Electrical Engineering junior from UC Davis, is hosted by Prof. J. Bokor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Yang Yang.
Augustus Lang, a Materials Engineering senior from USC, is hosted by Prof. A. Javey, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Dr. Tania Roy.
Hannah Masten, an Electrical Engineering senior from Auburn, is hosted by Prof. A. Javey, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Dr. Mohammad Najmzadeh.
Brenda McLellan, a Math and Physics junior from NYU Poly, is hosted by Prof. J. Bokor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Dr. Mark Nowakowski.
Eric McShane, an Chemical Engineering and Physics sophomore from Cornell, is hosted by Prof. C. Chang-Hasnain, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Indrasen Bhattacharya.
Megan Stephanz, a Materials Science Engineering senior from University of Utah, is hosted by Prof. E. Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Jared Carter.
Christopher Strickland, a Physics senior from NYU Poly, is hosted by Prof. S. Salahuddin, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and co-mentored by V. Ganapati and Asif Khan.
Jack Wilson, a Engineering Physics sophomore from Brown, is hosted by Prof. M. Wu, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Michael Eggleston.
The partnership with the MIT Summer Research Program enables the Center to support the following REU interns at MIT.
Michael Statt, a Chemical Engineering sophomore from Cornell, is hosted by Prof. E. Fitzgerald, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and mentored by Ryan Iutzi.
Erick Romo-Mendoza, an EECS senior from UTEP, is hosted by Prof. J. del Alamo, Department of Electrical Engineering, and mentored by Dr. Alon Vardy.
For the first time, one intern will be supported by the Center at Stanford:
Joseph Finley, an EECS senior from UC Berkeley, is hosted by Prof. H.-S. P. Wong, Department of Electrical Engineering, and mentored by Dr. Ji Cao.
At UC Berkeley, the Center's Transfer-to-Excellence (TTE) Program hosts community college students either as research interns in the TTE Research (TTE REU) Program or as summer students in the TTE Cross-Enrollment (TTE X-Enroll) Program.
The Center's partnership with two other NSF-funded centers at UC Berkeley, Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center and Center of Integrated Nanomechnical Systems, is enabling 14 students from community colleges across California to engage in research this summer; 5 of these interns will be completing projects within E3S.
Elizabeth Avelar Mercado, an Electrical Engineering major from Merced College, is hosted by Prof. M. Wu, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, and mentored by Seth Fortuna.
Thomas Chan, a Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering major from Las Positas College, is hosted by Prof. J. Wu, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and mentored by Kevin Wang.
Kevin Crabble, an EECS major from Diablo Valley College, is hosted and mentored by Mr. J. Clarkson in the Marvell Nanofabrication Lab.
Abigail Edwards, an Engineering major from City College of San Francisco, is hosted by Prof. J. Olzmann, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, and mentored by Milton To.
Michelle Gantos, a Chemical Engineering major from the College of Marin, is hosted by Prof. D. Tullman-Ercek, Department of Chemmistry, and mentored by Steph Davis.
Brendan Kallaby, a Physics and Math major from Shasta College, is hosted by Prof. M. Crommie, Department of Physics, and mentored by Giang Nguyen.
Yone Phar Lin, a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major from Las Positas College, is hosted by Prof. J. Dueber, Department of Physics, and mentored by Zachary Russ.
Rattanah Mahal, a Biochem major from Reedley College, is hosted by Dr. R. Chakraborty, Research Scientist at LBNL, and mentored by Dr. Marcus Schicklberger.
Jose Padilla, a Mechanical Engineering major from East Los Angeles Community College and LA City College, is hosted by Prof. S. Shadden, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and mentored by Dr. Debanjan Mukherjee.
Leyla Shams, an Electrical Engineering major from the College of Marin, is hosted by Prof. T.-J. King Liu, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, and mentored by Peng Zheng.
Christian Thompson-Kucera, a BioEngineering major from Berkeley City College, is hosted by Prof. J. Dueber, Department of Physics, and mentored by Zachary Russ.
John Trinh, an Electrical Engineering major from Ventura College, is hosted by Prof. E. Yablonovitch, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, and mentored by Tianyao (Patrick) Xiao.
Harvey Vazquez, a Mechanical Engineering major from LA Southwest College and East Los Angeles Community College, is hosted by Prof. A. Zettl, Department of Physics, and mentored by Aidin Fathalizadeh.
Husna Yasini, a Biochem major from Chabot Community College, is hosted by Dr. R. Chakraborty, Research Scientist at LBNL, and mentored by Dr. Marcus Schicklberger.
Tushar Malik, Mechanical Engineering major from the College of Alameda, is taking Math 53 - Multivariable Calculus.
This summer the E3S Teacher Fellows Program will host two Bay Area community college faculty members at UC Berkeley. Additionally, a new program for faculty is being introduced, the Context-Based Research Experiences for Community College Faculty Program is in partnership with the UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering department and will host 4 community college faculty members.
Wang Ng, Instructor, Electronic Technology Department, Sacramento City College, is hosted by Prof. V. Stojanovic, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Chen Sun.
Artemio Navarro, Engineering Instructor, LATTC, is hosted by Prof. J. Bokor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and co-mentored by James Clarkson and Kevin Messer.
E3S Demos Popular with CalDay Attendees
(April 15, 2014) - Facilitated by Lea Marlor, E3S Program Manager, eight UC Berkeley students and one Cal alumnus supported the activities that the Center for E3S contributed at CalDay 2014. CalDay, typically attended by thousands, is an annual all-campus event for prospective students and their families. It is also the largest community outreach event of UC Berkeley. On the morning of April 12, nearly 150 people visited Sutardja Dai Hall to participate in the E3S activities.
Recognizing the diversity of the audience, the Center offered three hands-on demos on enabling technologies related to the Center, as well as a display of posters describing the Center’s research. The demos on lithography, two-dimensional electronic materials, and piezoelectric materials were particularly well received by the visitors, many of whom were grade and high school students and their parents. Materials for one demo were generously provided by Nisenet NanoDays Kit.
The Center thanks graduate student, Wilson Ko; undergraduates, Joseph Finley, Jodi Loo, Morgan Monroe, Pierce Oeflein, Lawrence Pan, Kevin Pease, and James Lo; and Cal alumnus, Peter Huang, for supporting the E3S CalDay activities.
Introducing Two New Faculty
(April 1, 2014) – The Center for E3S welcomes Professor Sakhrat Khizroev, ECE Department, Florida International University, and Professor Vladimir Stojanovic, EECS Department, UC Berkeley. Their research is directed towards the use of nanomagnetics for ultra-low energy switching. Professor Khizroev’s research focuses on understanding the physics of spin switching in spin-transfer-torque magnetic nanoscale devices, while Professor Stojanovic is exploring applications and circuit architectures that can use devices with low on/off ratios.
The use of nanomagnetics offers the potential to have logic devices operating at the fundamental energy limit for switching. Professor Jeffrey Bokor of UC Berkeley, Deputy Director of the Center and Leader of the Nanomagnetics Theme, explained: “The fundamental energy limit for switching between the two logic states, 0 and 1, in computing was theoretically predicted in the 1960’s, but it is only recently that the Center for E3S experimentally verified this theoretical prediction for the first time. However, there are still many fundamental scientific and engineering challenges to overcome before the potential of nanomagnetic logic devices switching close to the fundamental limit can be realized.”
Professor Eli Yablonovitch of UC Berkeley, Director of the Center, shared: “The research of Professor Khizroev and Professor Stojanovic complements the exciting nanomagnetics research already underway in the Center. The research of Professor Bokor focuses on ultrafast switching of nanomagnetics, while Professor Sayeef Salahuddin, also UC Berkeley, is investigating the benefit of spin-Hall-Effect-induced switching. The four research groups are working together addressing the different attributes that an ultra-low energy switch must satisfy.”
- For more information about Florida International University, visit ece.fiu.edu.
2013 Undergraduate Research Interns to Present at Leading Professional Conferences
(February 6, 2014) – The Center for E3S congratulates three undergraduate students who were interns with the 2013 E3S REU and Transfer-to-Excellence REU programs as they prepare to present their research at peer-reviewed conferences.
Two papers have been accepted for presentation at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society that will be held March 3 -7 in Denver, Colorado. Victoria Xu, currently a Physics senior at UC Santa Barbara, will present orally a paper on Directional Coupler for Quantum Measurement. She undertook the research in summer 2013 as an E3S REU intern in the laboratory of Professor I. Siddiqi, UC Berkeley. Another 2013 E3S REU intern, Satcher Hsieh, currently an Electrical Engineering and Physics junior at Washington University at St. Louis, will present a poster on Modification of a Scanning Tunneling Microscope for Measurement of Ballistic Electron Emission Microscopy. He performed the research in the laboratory of Professor J. Bokor, UC Berkeley.
One paper, based on research conducted as part of the 2013 Transfer-to-Excellence REU program, has been accepted for oral presentation at the 247th American Chemical Society Meeting that will be held on March 16-20 in Dallas, Texas. Jing Jin, a community college student at Pasadena City College, will present Fabrication of a Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Based Biosensor for Antioxidants, research that she undertook at the laboratory of Professor Ana Claudia Arias, UC Berkeley.
The Center extends best wishes to these 2013 REU interns in their presentations at the two leading physics and chemistry conferences.
Summer Interns Talked About Their Research and Experience
(August 15, 2013) – On August 7, about 120 people attended a poster session to learn about the research of the interns of the 2013 E3S REU and Transfer-to-Excellence REU programs. Attendees included faculty, students, postdocs, student advisors from UC Berkeley, the host institution. In addition, faculty, administration, and MESA program directors from several community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento also attended.
The poster session was followed by closing ceremonies on August 9, where the Center bid farewell to the participants of the E3S REU, Transfer-to-Excellence, Summer Research Workshop and the Teacher Fellows programs. At the closing ceremony, the interns shared their views about their summer experience. We learned that the internships enabled the participants to develop "a better understanding of research", be "motivated to go to graduate school", and appreciate a "multi-disciplinary experience". Some interns acknowledged the new friends they made, while others pointed out that they learned from each other, including learning “to ask questions” and in one case, "to do laundry". A few interns said that the internship was a "life-changing experience."
Four recent veterans were among the 2013 interns, and the Center worked with UC Berkeley's Transfer, Re-entry, and Student Parent (TRSP) Center to provide special advising for the veterans. At the closing ceremony, one veteran shared that the research experience had "expanded [his] horizons and made [him] want to achieve more."
Participants Arrive at UC Berkeley for the E3S Summer Research Workshop
(August 5, 2013) – The E3S Summer Research Workshop, with a focus on hands-on electronics, began today with ten participants. Their arrival increases the total number of visitors hosted by the Center’s summer programs to 42. The Center welcomes these latest participants, who are lower-division undergraduates from four-year institutions and community colleges, located in nine states across the US.
Shayla Breedlove, an Electrical Engineering major at The Ohio State University
Kirstie Fung, a community college student majoring in Electrical Engineering at Fullerton College
Keheira Henderson, an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major at Tennessee State University
Trokon Johnson, an Electrical Engineering major at the University of Tulsa
Joshua Kubiak, a Materials Science and Chemistry major at Carnegie Mellon University
Jordan Kunzika, a Computer Science and Engineering major at Dartmouth College
Bryce Pulver, a Chemistry major at University of Utah
Ryan Quinones, a Chemistry major at University of Florida
Nidia Vara, a community college student majoring in Electrical engineering at Bakersfield College
Thomas Wells, an Electrical Engineering major at Georgia Institute of Technology
The Center for E3S Expands Education & Diversity Team
(July 15, 2013) – The Center for E3S welcomes Lea Marlor as Education & Outreach Program Manager. She joins Dr. Sharnnia Artis, E3S Education & Outreach Director, in promoting and supporting the Center's education and diversity programs.
Previously, Lea was a graduate student at Purdue University. While at Purdue she spent two years on the leadership team for Purdue's Women in Engineering Graduate Mentoring Program where she worked to increase the retention of women engineering graduate students. She also participated in events at Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day that focuses on educating and exciting female high school students about engineering. Lea holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is currently completing an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University. Lea's graduate research is focused on the nucleation of silicon nanowires.
Lea is located in 562 Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley, and she can also be reached at her email address: .
The Center's faculty, students and staff wish Lea success in her new job.
A Big Welcome to the 2013 Summer Interns and Visiting Faculty
(June 10, 2013) – The Center for E3S is delighted to be hosting 32 research interns and visiting faculty from 16 different academic institutions. This summer's number of visitors surpasses those of previous summers.
The first welcome goes to E3S faculty, Prof. David Zubia, and graduate student, Brandon Aguirre, both of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), who at the beginning of June, began their two-month visit in the laboratory of Prof. C. Chang-Hasnain, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, UC Berkeley. Their visit focuses on materials growth research for photonic devices.
Concurrently, the 2013 E3S Teacher Fellows Program began with the arrival of two Bay Area community college instructors at UC Berkeley.
Wayne Phillips, Instructor, Electronic Systems Technology Program, Chabot College, is hosted by Prof. E. Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and co-mentored by J. Chien and G. Scranton.
Mark Wong, Physics, Engineering & Astronomy Instructor, Contra Costa Community College District, is hosted by Prof. S. Salahuddin, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by D. Bhowmik.
In the second week of June, the E3S Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program for upper-division undergraduates welcomed its 11 interns at UC Berkeley and 3 interns at MIT.
The E3S REU interns at UC Berkeley are:
Arunima (Nima) Balan, a Chemistry and Physics senior from MIT, is hosted by Prof. A. Javey, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by H. Fang.
Anthony Bercerril, an Electrical Engineering junior from California State University, Long Beach, is hosted by Prof. J. Bokor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Dr. M. Nowakowski.
Rene Brito, an Electrical Engineering junior from The University of Texas at El Paso, is hosted by Prof. E. Alon, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Y. Lu.
Neil Cammardella, an Electrical Engineering senior from University of South Florida, is hosted by Prof. T.-J. King Liu, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Dr. L. Hutin.
Jorge Catalán, a Metallurgical and Materials Engineering senior from The University of Texas at El Paso, is hosted by Prof. T.-J. King Liu, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Dr. N. Xu.
Jordan Goldstein, a Physics and Electrical Engineering senior from MIT, is hosted by Prof. M.C. Wu, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and co-mentored by S. Fortuna and M. Eggleston.
Matthew Hartley, an Electrical Engineering senior from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is hosted by Prof. E. Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by C. Keraly.
Satcher Hsieh, an Electrical Engineering and Physics junior from Washington University at St. Louis, is hosted by Prof. J. Bokor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Dr. J. Hong.
Janice Lin, a Chemistry senior from University of Maryland College Park, is hosted by Prof. A. Javey, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by M. Tosun.
Joeson Wong, an Electrical Engineering junior from University of Michigan, is hosted by Prof. E. Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by V. Ganapati and S.S. Ho.
Victoria Xu, a Physics senior from UC Santa Barbara, is hosted by Prof. I. Siddiqi, Physics Department, and mentored by Dr. S. Hacohen-Gourgy.
The partnership with the MIT Summer Research Program enables the Center to support the following REU interns at MIT.
Chanell Boyd, a Chemistry junior from Howard University, is hosted by Prof. T.M. Swager, Department of Chemistry, and mentored by J. Goods.
Chelsea McConnell, a Chemical Engineering senior from Oregon State University, is hosted by Prof. T.M. Swager, Department of Chemistry, and mentored by Dr. E. Sletten.
Nathan Martin, a Materials Science and Engineering, senior from University of Connecticut, is hosted by Prof. E. Fitzgerald, Department of Material Science & Engineering, and mentored by R. Iutzi.
At UC Berkeley, the Center's Transfer-to-Excellence (TTE) Program hosts community college students either as research interns in the TTE Research (TTE REU) Program or as summer students in the TTE Cross-Enrollment (TTE X-Enroll) Program.
The Center's partnership with two other NSF-funded centers at UC Berkeley, Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center and Center of Integrated Nanomechnical Systems, is enabling 16 students from community colleges across California to engage in research this summer.
Sergio Banuelos, a Chemical Engineering major from Yuba Community College, is hosted by Prof. D.E. Wemmer, Department of Chemistry, and mentored by Dr. J. Pelton.
Valentino Calderon, a Computer Science major from Berkeley City College, is hosted and mentored by Mr. A. Miller at California Department of Justice, Oakland.
Alan Cea, a Mechanical Engineering major from Cosumnes River College, is hosted by Prof. X. Zhang, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and mentored by Dr. B. Kante.
Juntai Chen, a Mechanical Engineering major from City College of San Francisco, is hosted by Prof. J. Wu, Materials Science & Engineering Department, and mentored by Dr. D. Fu.
Ilyssa Evans, a Chemical Engineering major from San Joaquin Delta College, is hosted by Prof. J. Dueber, Department of Bioengineering, and co-mentored by L. Latimer and A. Asante.
Joseph Falcao, a Computer Science major from San Joaquin Delta College, is hosted by Prof. M. Crommie, Department of Physics, and mentored by G.N. Duc.
Paul Felix, a Biochemistry major from Rio Hondo College, is hosted by Dr. Romy Chakraborty, Earth Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and co-mentored by J. Huang and Dr. M. Schicklberger.
Thomas Freeman, a Computer Engineering major from Diablo Valley College, is hosted by Prof. S.S. Sastry, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by R. Dong.
William Grenard, a Physics & Mathematics major from Shasta College, is hosted by Prof. C. Chang-Hasnain, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and co-mentored by L. Li and W. Ko.
David Huang, an Electrical Engineering & Computer Science major from Cerritos College, is hosted by Prof. A. Javey, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by H. Fang.
Jing Jin, a Chemical Engineering & Applied Mathematics major from Pasadena City College, is hosted by Prof. A.C. Arias, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by Dr. F. Pavinatto.
Fariba Kianmajd, a Biochemistry major from American River College, is hosted by Prof. J.C. Anderson, Department of Bioengineering, and mentored by Dr. R. Prince.
Manuel Leyva, from Southwestern College, is hosted by Prof. R. Maboudian, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and mentored by Y. Kim.
Mitchell Maciorski, a Physics major from Moorpark College, is hosted by Prof. E. Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by J. Carter.
Dennis Mulligan, a Genetics & Plant Biology major from City College of San Francisco, is hosted and mentored by Dr. Y. Picenco, Ecology Department, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Nhi Tran, an Electrical Engineering & Computer Science major from Chabot College, is hosted by Prof. T.-J. King Liu, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department, and mentored by C. Qian.
Harsimran Sidhu, Electrical Engineering major from Berkeley City College, is taking EE 40 - Introduction to Microelectronic Circuits.
UTEP Joins Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science
(May 6, 2013) – The Center for E3S welcomes The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) as a new member.
UTEP, the second oldest academic institution of The University of Texas System, is a leading Hispanic serving education and research institution in the United States. The College of Engineering is a national leader in engineering education and a leading producer of doctoral, masters and baccalaureate degreed Hispanic engineers. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) conducts research in a variety of areas, including electronic and optical materials and devices. ECE’s research facilities include the Nanomaterials Integration Lab, a nanofabrication facility.
This new collaboration with UTEP will provide the Center for E3S access to a pipeline of qualified science and engineering students who will participate in the Center’s research and education activities, and allow the faculty at UTEP’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) to engage in research on energy efficient electronic and optical devices.
Professor Eli Yablonovitch of UC Berkeley, the E3S Center Director, shared: “During my trip to UTEP, I was highly impressed by the faculty and the research facilities in the ECE Department. Besides access to students, I look forward to a strong research collaboration with the UTEP faculty.”
David Zubia, Associate Professor - ECE, will be UTEP’s lead researcher associated with the Center. Constance Chang-Hasnain of UC Berkeley and faculty with the Center will host Professor Zubia as a Visiting Scientist at UC Berkeley during summer 2013. Brandon Aguirre, a graduate student advised by Professor Zubia, will also spend the summer at the laboratories researching material growth.
Miguel Velez-Reyes, Chair and Professor - ECE, is looking forward to the opportunities that the Center for E3S can offer to the students and faculty of UTEP. “We are already seeing opportunities for our students. Besides Brandon Aguirre, two ECE undergraduates will be research interns at the Center. UTEP’s contingent of four will learn about the energy efficient research undertaken in the Center for E3S. Development of this type of partnership is a key strategy to increase opportunities for our faculty and students and contribute to UTEP’s goal of becoming a Tier 1 Research Institution. We wish Professor Zubia and the UTEP students a successful summer at Berkeley.”
- For more information about UTEP, visit engineering.utep.edu.
Center's Demos Were An Attraction at Cal Day 2013
(April 30, 2013) - The Center for E3S contributed the three demos of the Nanotechnology Showcase at Cal Day 2013, UC Berkeley. Two graduate students, Seth Fortuna and Hui Fang, and four undergraduates, Peter Huang, Louis Kang, Morgan Monroe and Lawrence Pan, supported three separate demos that showcased nanotechology as applied to electronics and energy. The demos presented the concepts of Lithography, Two-Dimensional Materials, and Solar Cells. The audience, which numbered approximately 65, included members of the incoming freshmen class, community college students who have applied for transfer, parents and other family members, guidance counselors from other schools, and the Berkeley community.
The Center thanks the five students for their outreach efforts, which included many hours of preparation and giving up their Saturday morning.
- See more Cal Day 2013 pictures.