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Cleanroom Client Invited Guest Speaker: Dr. Matt Turner

According to the Energy Information Administration, 38.9% of the energy consumed in the U.S. is used for the production of electric power, making it the largest single demand sector for supply resources, even ahead of transportation (27%). Of the major non-renewable energy sources, the electric power sector consumes 1% of petroleum, 30% of natural gas, and 93% of coal, which together account for 67% of the electric power produced nationally. Concerns regarding volatility in fuel supply levels, accessibility, and cost, coupled with increasing focus on the environmental ramifications of extraction, refinement and combustion of such resources has led to a need for innovation in the operation and design of the North American bulk electric power system, as well as the way Americans interact with and consume energy. This presentation will highlight work being done in the Conn Center and in ECE to address grid modernization and energy consumption. Topics covered will be modernization of the electric power system in the state of Kentucky (The KY Smart Grid Roadmap Initiative), distribution system modeling of emergent power system technologies (GridLAB-D), the impacts of electric vehicles on the electric power system and the development of a EV pilot program on the Belknap campus, and the student –driven design and construction of a net zero energy home for the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition. Additionally, suggestions will be given on ways to implement energy conservation behaviors at home and at the office.

Matthew Turner, PhD, is a Post-Doctoral Associate at the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, where he is working to develop a technical roadmap for the deployment of “Smart Grid” technology in the Kentucky electric power system. He received his doctorate in ECE from UofL in 2010 ,working on projects related to RFID and IC design for biomedical applications.


Cleanroom Client Invited Guest Speakers: Dr. Balaji Panchapakesan and Dr. Shamus McNamara

In this modern day and age we are so consumed by our own rapidly moving life that we forget to take a step back and see the real picture of what is the task at hand and where we started and how did I get here? So welcome to your PhD program. After taking plenty of courses, cramming and finishing your qualifiers, and finally you are ready to publish some papers with your advisor. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel but there is this huge barrier called the thesis! How do you get over it! Do I just jump and hope that I get through, or do I climb one step at a time. These are some of the hurdles that every graduate student may face when it comes to successfully defending your PhD. This lecture will take a step back and explore the whole idea behind earning a PhD degree in engineering or sciences. The questions that we will ask and answer are: What does it mean to earn a PhD? How will this transform you as a person? How will this lead you into the path of discovery and learning all your life?

Dr. Panchapakesan earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from University of Maryland in 2001. He has published more than 30 papers in the area of micro and nanotechnology.

Dr. McNamara earned a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. His research interests are in the fields of MEMS and microelectronics.



University of Louisville in response to KY legislative mandate is currently establishing a center dedicated to renewable energy research with the following mission. "To perform research and development on practical, economical, and potentially commercializ- able renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and resources". Initially, the center will focus its efforts on five thematic areas for research and development: So- lar, Biofuels, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage and Advanced Energy Materials. I will give high- lights of our progress to-date and plans for future. Dr. Mahendra K. Sunkara is currently a Professor of Chemical Engi- neering, University Scholar and an interim director for the Conn Cen- ter for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship (CCRERES) at University of Louisville. Dr. Sunkara received his B. Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University (India) in 1986 and M.S., Ph. D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in 1988 and Case Western Reserve University in 1993, re- spectively. He worked at Faraday Technology, Inc. in Dayton, OH from 1993-1996 as a Project Engineer for various electrochemical technologies toward environmental remediation and corrosion sens- ing and mitigation. He joined UofL in 1996 and his current research interests include re- newable energy technologies such as solar cells, Li Ion batteries, pro- duction of hydrogen from water and process development for growing large crystals of diamond, gallium nitride and bulk quantities of nanowires, novel carbon morphologies. He has published over 100 articles in refereed journals and proceedings, four book chapters and was awarded eight U.S. patents along with several additional U.S. patent ap- plications pending. He co-authored a book entitled ?Inorganic Nanowires: Applications, Properties and Characterization? published by CRC Press. Several national and international news articles appeared on his research work in the area of nanoscale materials and their applications in to Li Ion batteries and sensors, etc.



August 2010, UofL Micro Nano Technology Center User's Lunch featured Dr. Gowrishetty presenting the talk "Polyimide Bi-Stable Diaphragms Using Compressive Stresses for the Field of “Buckle MEMS”


User Lunch Invited Talk - Dr. Medhi Yazdanpanah

June 7, 2010 -  This video is the first in a monthly series. The UofL Micro/Nano Technology Center holds a monthly users lunch with an invited short talk.

This month, Dr. Mehdi Yazdanpanah of Nauganeedles presents the talk "Start with $200."

To see the technical talk presented by Dr. Yazdanpanah click here...

 For more info on Nauganeedles click here...


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