Congratulations to graduate student Matt Williams and his wife Laura on the birth of their daughter, Callahan Reese. "Callie," now a week old, was born on Tuesday, June 22nd at 9:33pm. Mom, dad, and baby are doing well.
Yesterday, Dr. David Arnold's tenure and promotion packet received approval, raising him to the level of Associate Professor. Congratulations, Dr. Arnold!
Microfluidics is a rapidly expanding field and microfluidic devices are used in many different areas including biotechnology, chemical analysis and medicine. Microvalves are often one of the building blocks required to complete a successful microfluidic device. They carry out a variety of functions including containing fluids, regulating flows, and isolating one region from another in a microfluidic system.
The Cade Prize for Innovation, a new competition designed to recognize Florida inventors, has promoted Dr. Xie's company, WiOptix, to its "Final Four." The WiOptix entry, "In Vivo Noninvasive Optical Endoscopic Imaging for Early Cancer Diagnosis," will be pitched to a panel of nationally recognized judges on Friday, June 11th. If selected, WiOptix will receive a $50,000 cash prize and one year of in-kind support. Best of luck to Dr. Xie and the other WiOptix representatives, Martin Wynkoop, Lei Wu, and Shuguang Gu!
All are welcome to attend Erin Patrick's defense of her dissertation, entitled "Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Microelectrodes for Brain-Machine Interfaces." Refreshments will be served.
Device and circuit characterization is one of the routine tasks that most IMG students will face. Some of the characterization procedures become very challenging because of equipment limitations. For example, the parameter being measured is out of the range of available equipments, or the equipment does not have the functionality to create conditions required by the measurement.
In this talk, three basic techniques are discussed to help solve some of the common problems. They are:
This weekend, a large IMG contingent will set off for Hilton Head 2010, A Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop. Held every two years in Hilton Head, SC, the workshop is the premiere meeting of microsystems companies and researchers in the Americas. Professors Mark Sheplak and David Arnold are traveling to the conference, together with a number of students and post-docs. Among those presenting posters are:
The capacitive shear stress sensor recently developed by Vijay Chandrasekharan here at IMG, which can measure a wider range of shear stress than any sensor before it, was recently featured in a South African edition of Popular Mechanics magazine. Congratulations again to Vijay, now an IMG post-doctoral associate, whose work continues to receive international attention!
Miguel Palaviccini took some time off from flow control research this weekend to join his UF Club Ultimate (Frisbee) teammates at the USA Ultimate College Championship in Madison, WI. As a starter, he helped his team to a national championship by beating defending national champ Carleton College, 15-12. Congratulations, Miguel!
Alex Phipps will defend his dissertation, entitled "Modeling and Characterization of Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Systems with the Pulse Resonant Converter." All are welcome to attend.