CSS Professional Development Event

The purpose of the event is to provide an additional professional development opportunity for attendees of the Carolina Science Symposium and foster collaboration between local universities. In addition, attendees can explore different types of careers and get advice and guidance from professionals in industry, government, academia, and non-profits. The event will last for ~2 hours with a mix of informal and formal networking. There will also be opportunities for one-on-one resume review and interview practice. Each attendee will receive a booklet with the names, contact information, and brief bio of participants.

For any questions/concerns, please contact Maude Cuchiara (maude_cuchiara@ncsu.edu).

Carolina Science Symposium

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) is pleased to continue as host of the Carolina Science Symposium (formerly the Materials Research Society (MRS), ASM International, and American Vacuum Society (AVS) joint symposium. The meeting is expected to draw about 100 participants, both locally and from the surrounding region. Topics in materials science, processing, characterization, and biomaterials will be presented by both invited and selected student contributorsA student poster session will be held, and 3 student contributed papers will be selected for 15 minute oral presentations. When registering, you will be asked to indicate whether the abstract should be considered for a poster or for a talk (eligible for an oral presentation). Over $1000 will be awarded to the best student oral presentation and top 3 poster presentations. The abstract deadline is November 2For more information and to register, please visit the Carolina Science Symposium website.

Researchers meet at the Carolina Science Symposium

On November 10, the Carolina Science Symposium (CSS) was held at NC State’s McKimmon Center. This event brought together over one hundred people from universities, non-profits, and industry. Attendees learned about ongoing work in diverse scientific disciplines in a series of talks and a student poster session. Dr. Yong Zhang from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte opened the symposium. He discussed his work in light effect transistors for high speed and low energy switching. Dr. Jacqueline Cole (UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering) highlighted her research in the role of vascular structure and perfusion in bone mechanics and health. Ian Haehnlein from Starfire Industries described the technique of high power impulse magnetron sputtering and its capabilities. Dr. Michael Daniele (NC State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) talked about his work in wearable biosensors and bioelectronic systems. These invited speakers were joined by students from across North Carolina: Islam Sayed (NC State), Michael Dryzer (Elon University), Ryan Fox (UNC), and Manish Sharma (North Carolina A&T State University).

Over $2,000 was awarded in prizes. Winners for best student oral presentations were  Ryan Fox and Islam Sayed. Awardees for best poster included Michael Spencer, Zhihui Cheng, Tasso von Windheim, and Ashish Kapoor. Hanhan Zhou took home the Hans Stadelmaier Award. The AIF Best Paper awards went to Kate Marusak and Nathalia Ortiz.

A photo contest was held in honor of Mike Rigsbee. Tasso von Windheim won for the black and white image, “Happy Accidents,” depicting molybdenum oxide crystals formed using a microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition process (left). Sahil Tahiliani won in the color competition with the image, “Blood Trapped in a Vessel,” showing blood cells (false colored red) in a vessel within a lung tissue section from a mouse exposed to ceria nanoparticles (right).

This annual event occurs each November. If you are interested in learning more or hearing about upcoming events, please contact rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu.