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Wednesday
Feb012012

MNTC Client Luncheon - Invited Speaker: Blanca Lapizco-Encinas

Dr. Blanca H. Lapizco-Encinas started in 1998 her research on miniaturization and microfluidics during her PhD studies at University of Cincinnati, where she worked toward the development of a micro-chromatograph. In February 2003 she joined the Microfluidics Department at Sandia National Laboratories as a post-doctoral researcher, where she worked on insulator-based dielectrophoresis (iDEP) for the concentration and separation of microbes from water. From January 2005 to July 2011 she was a professor in Mexico, she worked at Tecnológico de Monterrey and CINVESTAV-Monterrey, where she continued her work in microfluidics and electrokinetics. In August 2011 she joined the Chemical Engineering Department at Tennessee Technological University, as an associate professor. Her current research efforts involve
experimental work and mathematical modeling focused on the development of microscale electrokinetic techniques for the manipulation of bioparticles. Her group has worked with proteins, DNA, bacteria, yeast, microalgae and mammalian cells. Her main research objective is to develop electrokinetic-based microdevices that would answer the needs of many different applications.
The research findings obtained by her group have been presented in numerous international conferences. She is a reviewer for several international Journals. She is the Vice-President of the American Electrophoresis Society and Deputy Editor for the Journal Electrophoresis, where she recently acted as guest editor for two special issues on Dielectrophoresis published in September 2011.

Tuesday
Jan312012

MNTC Client Luncheon - Invited Speaker: Hemali Rathnayake

Hemali obtained her Ph.D under the supervision of Prof. Paul M. Lahti, UMass Amherst, Department of Chemistry in 2007. Just after she finished her Ph.D thesis defense (Organic Luminophores for Polymeric materials), she joined Emrick’s Research group at Polymer Science & Engineering, UMass Amherst. During her Postdoctoral time period (December 2006 to June 2009), she has worked on various projects on developing new polymer-nanocomposites and hybrid nanostructures. In July 2009, she joined the Chemistry department at WKU as an Assistant Professor.

Monday
Nov072011

MNTC Client Luncheon - Invited Speaker: Dean Pinto - Part II

Dr. Pinto is the new Dean of Engineering for the University of Louisville. Dean Pinto comes to us from the University of Cincinnati where he served as the Vice Provost & Dean of the Graduate School since 2006. He also served as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies College of Engineering from 2002-2006. Dean Pinto received his Pd.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985. He served on Ohio Governor Ted Strickland's Higher Education Transition Leadership Team in 2006, the Ohio Board of Regent's Advisory Council on Graduate Education since 2006 and the State of Ohio Hazardous Waste Facility Board from 1993-2003. Dean Pinto also served on Pennsylvania State University Industrial and Professional Advisory Committee, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2002-07 and Universidade da Beira Interior, Coviha, Portugal: Jury Member for Full Professor Candidate (Juti das Provas de Agregacao), 2002. Dr. Pinto's professional interests are: Administrative leadership in higher education Undergraduate and graduate teaching in engineering and science Research in fundamentals and applications of adsorption science.

Friday
Nov042011

MNTC Client Luncheon - Invited Speaker: Dean Pinto - Part I

Dr. Pinto is the new Dean of Engineering for the University of Louisville. Dean Pinto comes to us from the University of Cincinnati where he served as the Vice Provost & Dean of the Graduate School since 2006. He also served as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies College of Engineering from 2002-2006. Dean Pinto received his Pd.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985. He served on Ohio Governor Ted Strickland's Higher Education Transition Leadership Team in 2006, the Ohio Board of Regent's Advisory Council on Graduate Education since 2006 and the State of Ohio Hazardous Waste Facility Board from 1993-2003. Dean Pinto also served on Pennsylvania State University Industrial and Professional Advisory Committee, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2002-07 and Universidade da Beira Interior, Coviha, Portugal: Jury Member for Full Professor Candidate (Juti das Provas de Agregacao), 2002. Dr. Pinto's professional interests are: Administrative leadership in higher education Undergraduate and graduate teaching in engineering and science Research in fundamentals and applications of adsorption science.

Monday
Oct102011

Cleanroom Client Invited Guest Speaker: Kevin Kurtz (IEEE UofL Branch)

The UofL MNTC Cleanroom Client Pizza Party event hosted a talk given by Kevin Kurtz, President of the UofL Student Branch of IEEE. Kevin Kurtz gave an overview of the student branch mission, goals, ongoing projects and scheduled events.