JUNE 17-19, 2024
WASHINGTON, DC    

Emerging Technologies

Student Leaders
Conference

Connecting student leaders to technology acceleration opportunities.

Call for Student Leaders

Submissions closed

TechConnect, in partnership with the NextTech Student Network and affiliated student groups from across the country, is proud to announce the 2024 Nano and Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference co-located with the 2024 TechConnect World Innovation Conference and 2024 Nanotech Conference & Expo. The event will be held on June 17–19, 2024 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.

The Student Leaders Conference brings together undergraduate nano and emerging technologies student group representatives from across the United States. This program is seeking out active student group leaders in order to highlight undergraduate research and connect students with entrepreneurs, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and representatives of federal agencies funding research in emerging technologies. Additionally, the Student Leaders Conference is an opportunity for students to share best practices and network with like-minded group leaders.

This year, the Student Leaders Conference is coordinating with the CHIPS Act Workforce Development Programming at TechConnect to raise awareness about the different career paths associated with the semiconductor industry. Students will be surprised to learn that not all “CHIPS” jobs are for electrical engineers! In addition to talks on what the semiconductor industry is all about, students will have the opportunity to explore career opportunities/training/internship at the expo floor, and showcase their research during the poster session.

The Student Leaders Conference will also host a career panel discussion with industry, government, and academics to explore the different career paths beyond the semiconductor industry possible with a STEM degree, a poster session, and a reception.

In its role to support the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office is helping to establish the NextTech Student Network. Student leaders from the network have designed the conference in order to ensure the programming meets the needs of these groups. Participation is welcome from student leaders in any science, technology, and business domain.

Nano and Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference

2024 Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference Program

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Sessions

Monday June 17

10:00CHIPS Workforce Development and Student Leaders Conference Internal Welcome and Networking
10:30CHIPS Workforce Development Program: Tutorial on the Semiconductor Industry
1:30CHIPS Workforce Development Program: Career Panel for Community College/Technical College Students and Educators
2:30CHIPS Workforce Development Program: Career Panel for Four Year Undergraduates/Graduate Students and Educators
3:30CHIPS Workforce Development Program: Registered Apprenticeships

Tuesday June 18

9:15CHIPS R&D - SmartFab
10:45CHIPS R&D - Metrology
12:00CHIPS Workforce Development Program Career Awareness Fair (12:00 - 6:00)
3:00Rare Earths Panel: How Critical are Minerals to our Energy Security?
4:00CHIPS R&D - Posters
4:00Student Leaders Poster Session

Wednesday June 19

9:00XR for Semiconductor Workforce Development and Training
11:00CHIPS Workforce Development Symposium and Student Leaders Conference Closing Remarks and Summary Discussion

Program

Monday June 17

10:00CHIPS Workforce Development and Student Leaders Conference Internal Welcome and NetworkingNational Harbor 12
Session chair: Maria Fernanda Campa, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, US
Panelist
B. Brough, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, US
Panelist
J. Ashcroft, Micro Nano Technology Education Center, US
Panelist
D. Yablon, TechConnect World Innovation Conference, US
10:30CHIPS Workforce Development Program: Tutorial on the Semiconductor IndustryNational Harbor 12
1:30CHIPS Workforce Development Program: Career Panel for Community College/Technical College Students and EducatorsNational Harbor 12
Session chair: Quinn Spadola, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, US
Panelist
B. Harrop, Princeton University, US
Panelist
T. Pennell, Cornell University, US
Panelist
T. McCaughey, GlobalFoundries, US
Panelist
T. Thomas, Mohawk Valley College, US
Panelist
A. Denmon, Santa Monica College, US
2:30CHIPS Workforce Development Program: Career Panel for Four Year Undergraduates/Graduate Students and EducatorsNational Harbor 12
Session chair: Alex Norman, Princeton University, US
Panelist
D. Schmidt, IBM Research, US
Panelist
C. Cramer, Highline College, US
Panelist
J. Ellington, Wolfspeed, US
Panelist
M. Murdock, Intel Corp., US
3:30CHIPS Workforce Development Program: Registered ApprenticeshipsNational Harbor 12

Tuesday June 18

9:15CHIPS R&D - SmartFabNational Harbor 12
Session chair: Daniel Schmidt, IBM, US
DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers Support of the Chips and Science Act
J. Nelson, Sandia National Laboratories, US
SmartFab Data and Analytics - Challenges and Opportunities
R. Baseman, IBM, US
From Lab to Fab: AI-Powered Metrology for High-Volume Manufacturing
M.Y.-H. Kim, Gauss Labs Inc., US
Collaborative and Holistic AI driven process control software platform to accelerate IC Manufacturing
J. Foucher, S. Martinez, H. Ozdoba, J. Baderot, A. Hallal, M. Jacob, S. Garrais, POLLEN Metrology Inc., US
10:45CHIPS R&D - MetrologyNational Harbor 12
Session chair: Alex Norman, Princeton University, US
The Last Light Source
E.R. Hosler, xLight, Inc., US
Advanced plasma diagnostics for materials synthesis and processing applications
Y. Raitses, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, US
Characterizing Thermal Properties and Temperature-rise of High Frequency RF Transistors In-Operando at sub-50 nm Length Scales
B.M. Foley, T. Bates, P.E. Hopkins, J.T. Gaskins, Laser Thermal Inc., US
Scaling Chiplet Integration Through Advances in Printed Interconnects
N. Frick, M. Fisher and C. Sepulveda, Freescale LLC, US
Dendritic Identifiers as Digital Triggers in Microelectronics Manufacturing
M.N. Kozicki, J. Joseph, Arizona State University and Densec ID, LLC, US
12:00CHIPS Workforce Development Program Career Awareness Fair (12:00 - 6:00)Expo Hall BC
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Intel
Micron
Wolfspeed
Tokyo Electron
IBM
National Institute for Innovation and Technology (NIIT)
MNT-EC
Texas Instruments
3:00Rare Earths Panel: How Critical are Minerals to our Energy Security?National Harbor 4
Session chair: Dawn Wellman, Rio Tinto, US
Moderator
D. Wellman, Rio Tinto, US
Panelist
T. Lagrasso, U.S. Department of Energy, US
Panelist
S. Duyvesteyn, Rio Tinto, US
Panelist
K. Bhuwalka, Stanford, US
Panelist
H. Khazdozian, U.S. Department of Energy, US
4:00CHIPS R&D - PostersExpo Hall BC
Advances in Thermal Metrology of Thin Films via Steady-State Thermoreflectance
J.T. Gaskins, B.F. Foley, D.H. Olson, J.L. Braun, P.E. Hopkins, Laser Thermal, US
High-performance, power efficient storage device, on a base of NVDIMM for embedded systems
I. Sharovar, Truememorytechnology LLC, US
Fabrication of Epsilon-near-zero Metamaterial with Anomalous Refraction
A. Enriquez, M. Meretska, F. Capasso, Harvard University, US
Rugged SiC Device & Power Module Technology for Reliable Power Electronics
A. Morgan, NoMIS Power, US
4:00Student Leaders Poster SessionExpo Hall BC
Polymeric layer-by-layer microcapsules containing iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles exposed to breast cancer cells: A viability study using tetrazolium-based (MTT) and calcein-AM assays
M. Ashcroft, R. Swift, N. Habibi, Micro Nano Technology Education Center, US
Understanding Electronic Properties of Gold and Streptavidin-Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles for Use in Photothermal Cancer Medicine
T. Nguyen, T.L. Sung, W.L. Yu, A. Ashcroft, M. Ashcroft, J. Ashcroft, Pasadena City College, US
Exploring the Performance of Convolutional Neural Networks for mRNA cancer vaccine 5’ UTR Design
A. Yan, Mercer County Community College, US
Student Created AI-powered Digital Twin for Semiconductor Workforce Training
I. Jha, A. Ashcroft, D. Kelley, J. Zhu, A. Rodriguez, A. Dong, F. Chen, K. Hong, G. Codina, Micro Nano Technology Education Center, US
Enhancing Microfabrication Education and Industry Readiness Leveraging the University of New Mexico’s Manufacturing Training and Technology Center Cleanroom Infrastructure
M.W. Pleil, N. Jackson, University of New Mexico, US
Photonics Programs at Stonehill College: Bridging Education and Industry
G. Gu, C. Schnitzer, R. Adams, J. Evora, V. Taylor, N. Vu, J. Wong, Stonehill College, US
Recyclable Nanocomposite Conductive Wire
C. Fitton-Gillen, A. Rivera, C. Pazmino-Izquierdo, C. Li, Hudson County Community College, US
Generative AI-based Personalized Semiconductor Education using Extended Reality
S. Salehi, P. Satam, E. Azimi, R. Straight, A. Salado, The University of Arizona, US
SemImmerse: Smart Immersive Training Ecosystem for Semiconductor Manufacturing
E. Azimi, R. Lan, C. Wang, K. A. Knudson, T. Peterson, Z. Mutlu, University of Arizona, US
Surface smoothing of diamond by isotropic plasma atomic layer etching
L. Stockl, C.M. Lewis, M. Huerta, N. Moldovan, R. Divan, S. Miller, L. Stan, A. Sumant, Rowan University, US
Designing a Sample Holder for Improved Instrument Sensitivity
K. Lewis, D. Nimlos, S. Cushing, Pasadena City College, US
Synthesis of a novel hydrazone-based compound applied as a fluorescence turn-on chemosensor for iron (III) and a colorimetric sensor for copper (II) with antimicrobial, DFT and molecular docking studies.
A. Adams, A.R. Sharmin, A.M. Patwary, E.G. William, K.M. Royhana, M.M. Mahmud, M.A. Haque, J. Uddin, and K. Morshin, Coppin State University, US
Determining Optimal Base Dose with Electron Beam Lithography
K. Ohashi, Caltech/Pasadena City College, US

Wednesday June 19

9:00XR for Semiconductor Workforce Development and TrainingNational Harbor 12
Session chair: Jared Ashcroft, Pasadena City College, US
9:00Co-designing Generative AI-powered Immersive Learning Experiences for Workforce Training
R. Jha, C. Johnson, SimInsights Inc, US
9:20Student Centered Undergraduate Research Experiences in Creating Virtual Digital Twin Cleanroom
J. Ashcroft, I. Jha, A. Ashcroft, D. Kelley, J. Zhu, A. Rodriguez, A. Dong, F. Chen, K. Hong, G. Codina, Pasadena City College, US
9:40How to overcome Reality's semiconductor self-identification, training and up-skilling challenges
J. Spyres, Training All People, Inc (Tap3d), US
10:00AR/VR Experiences - Demonstration of Providers
11:00CHIPS Workforce Development Symposium and Student Leaders Conference Closing Remarks and Summary DiscussionNational Harbor 12
Session chair: Maria Fernanda Campa, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, US
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All accepted applicants will be provided:

  • Registration Waiver to the 3-day TechConnect World Innovation Conference
  • Participation in the Student Leaders Program during the Conference
  • Recognition as a Emerging Technology Student Leader Awardee
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Supporting Organizations:
  • NextTech Student Network
  • National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)
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