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The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology’s USER Day 2016

The IEN hosted its third User Science and Engineering Review (USER) Day on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building. With over 120 IEN cleanroom and lab users in attendance, a wide array of academic disciplines was represented including MEMS, Electronics, Materials, Optics and Photonics, Chemistry, Physics, Life Sciences and Biomedical. The event was a success in providing an opportunity to learn about the latest research activities of IEN students and other research organizations that use the IEN facilities.

Based on feedback from previous USER Day attendees, the 2016 USER Day implemented a new format designed to be more interactive. The event opened with a welcome by IEN Executive Director Dr. Oliver Brand, followed by featured keynote speaker, Dr. Ryan Diestelhorst, CTO and Founder at NextInput, two evaluated poster sessions, and a networking session hosted during an afternoon ice-cream social.

The winners of the poster sessions for USER Day 2016 are:

Reza Abbaspour: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Highly Scaled 3D Integration Enabled by Sub-Micron through Silicon Via
Authors: Reza Abbaspour, Muhannad Bakir (PI)

Dmitriy Boyuk: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Extreme Near-Field Coupling of Plasmonic Resonators Embedded in Si Nanowires
Authors: Dmitriy S. Boyuk, Li-Wei Chou, Michael Filler (PI)

Anna Osterholm: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Invisible Inks: Full Color Control from Inkjet Printable Cyan/Magenta/Yellow Colored-to Colorless Electrochromic Polymer Inks
Authors: Anna M. Osterhold, D. Eric Shen, David S. Gottfried, John R. Reynolds (PI)

The IEN USER Day was designed to promote collaboration and showcase research breadth by giving participants a cross-disciplinary look at the work being done in the Georgia Tech IEN cleanrooms and labs. For more information about IEN’s shared user facilities, or our NSF funded educational programs, please visit

- Christa M. Ernst