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The atomic force microscope (AFM) is a versatile characterization tool that allows users to acquire high-resolution images of nanoscale surface features. In addition to probing nanoscale surface topography, AFMs can be used to print nanoscale structures using additive and subtractive lithographic techniques. Specialized AFM imaging modes are often required to view nanostructures fabricated using AFM lithography. This talk will provide an overview of AFM lithographic techniques including dip pen nanolithography (DPN), nanoshaving, and electrochemical techniques. This talk will also include a description of specialized AFM imaging modes used to characterize nanostructures printed with AFM. The specialized AFM modes in this talk will include lateral force microscopy (LFM) and phase imaging. A remote-access demonstration of AFM lithography and phase imaging will follow.

AFM lithography demonstration using contact probe to etch area of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) from the glass substrate. After the initial area has been etched, a tapping probe will be used to image an expanded area in-phase mode, which will show differences in surface stiffness/softness between the PVP and the glass substrate.

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Because mobility technology spans multiple disciplines, industries and applications, it’s imperative that you connect yearly with the brightest minds in propulsion, autonomous vehicles, smart architecture, automotive manufacturing and systems engineering.

The WCX World Congress Experience Digital Summit is where you’ll overcome mobility’s biggest hurdles from developmental timelines for autonomous vehicles and new technologies to global supply chain constraints impacting the automotive industry.

With both live and on-demand sessions, you’ll make the most of your time by getting up to speed on the latest breakthroughs while building your expertise on a schedule that works for you.

Sputtering is a fundamental Physical Vapor Deposition method that utilizes plasma. This session will focus on igniting a plasma for the benefit of thin film deposition. Both DC and RF plasma-based sputtering methods will be discussed. The physics of plasma will be elucidated by emphasizing the importance of different power supply and pressure settings using simulations. Ion bombardment and sputtering of atoms from the target materials will be interactively analyzed with the aid of simulations, as well. The resulting superiority of sputtering over evaporation will be discussed. Finally, a nucleation example will be covered by sputtering gold on a glass sample. The optical properties of the sputtered material will be studied in order to understand how gold atoms are sputter-coated on a substrate such as glass.

Join for a day-long virtual workshop to explore the science of energy and the power grid!

During this 6-hour virtual workshop, educators will learn the foundations of energy including basic electric concepts, electricity generation and storage, and how the power grid works. The workshop will also introduce activities for the classroom that engage students in dynamic, hands-on energy-based learning.

Some things to know:

  • This workshop and the materials used are geared towards middle school and high school teachers.
  • No prior knowledge is required.
  • You will need a stable internet connection and dedicated space in which to work.
  • Preservice and retired teachers are welcome!

Educators at all levels desire for their students to succeed. For Community College educators teaching technical education course success is often defined as “graduates getting jobs”. Achievement of this goal is often tied to having a direct correlation between the student outcomes from the courses in the program and the industry requirements for new hires at a technician level. Industry participation in CC technical education programs is critical to ensure this correlation and also provide students with insight into the career environment and the myriad of opportunities available. This workshop will focus on a three-step process that educators can follow to prepare them to 1) successfully execute the initial contact with industry 2) be prepared for a “face to face” meeting with an industry person and 3) invite the participation of the industry/company as a supporting participant in the technician program. During the workshop, the participants will walk through the process for their particular technical education program and industry segment. Workshop results will be a checklist of items to complete and various suggestions as well as the first draft of the content that will go on a “blank sheet of paper”.

The field of micromechanics is now a well-established engineering domain with a demonstrated impact on science, technology, and product development. At the core of this technology are movable mechanical structures, MEMS, with dimensions ranging from a few to 100’s microns, and rigid components that rely on external links for power supply and control. Removing these constraints would enable a new technology platform for responsive systems that can change shapes, deploy, gather energy from the local environment, and self-propel. These shape morphing systems create a new paradigm in engineering where the distinction between materials and mechanisms gets vague.

This presentation will introduce the fundamentals and limitations of current micro-machines and discuss the prospect of creating shape morphing structures by using origami and Kirigami techniques combined with nanoscale materials.

The foundations of Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) will be reviewed, with a focus on Low Pressure CVD (LPCVD), typical deposition system design, and the two modes of deposition. These modes will examine thin films, known as 2-dimensional nanoscale materials, and nanowires, known as 1-dimensional nanoscale materials. A lab tour with a look at a working CVD system may be included.

Join for this wind-focused, day-long virtual workshop to explore the science of wind power!

During this 6-hour virtual workshop, educators will learn the foundations of wind power including the science and technology of wind turbines and blade design. The workshop will also introduce activities for the classroom that engage students in dynamic, hands-on energy-based learning.

Some things to know:

  • This workshop and the materials used are geared towards middle school and high school teachers.
  • No prior knowledge of wind energy is required.
  • You will need a stable internet connection and dedicated space in which to work.
  • Preservice and retired teachers are welcome!

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are permeating many sectors of industry, and are increasingly being employed as data collection platforms to support an array of applications. The major goal of this workshop is to provide professionals with the knowledge to operate a drone legally, safely, and effectively. The introductory level professional development opportunity can be considered as a drone boot camp. No prior 'drone' or mapping experience is necessary!

The National Science Foundation published NSF 21-033, “Advancing Quantum Education and Workforce Development” in December 2020. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) encourages submission of proposals for projects that will motivate and prepare students for quantum industries of the future. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is interested in preparation of students for quantum information science and engineering (QISE) at all levels and in all settings, both formal and informal. The DCL provides information and links for existing NSF funding opportunities in the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources that can support education-related research and development to prepare a diverse QISE workforce. The NSF program directors will host a series of webinars to present and answer questions about this DCL. 

This webinar will feature presentations by NSF program directors from the following programs:  

  • Advanced Technological Education Program (ATE)
  • The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)  
  • Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
  • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Program (IUSE)
  • Scholarships in STEM Program (S-STEM)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

EvaluATE webchats are an opportunity for small groups of ATE evaluation community members to come together to share and learn from each other in real-time. Anyone interested in evaluation is welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to turn on their webcams and join in the conversation, offering a great opportunity to network.

The National Center for Supply Chain Automation (NCSCA) 4th Annual Virtual Symposium offers a valuable, collaborative, online networking opportunity for supply chain automation educators and industry leaders.

As an educator of the next generation of the supply chain workforce, staying apprised of the latest technologies in supply chain automation (SCA) is critical to your role. From artificial intelligence to blockchain to mechatronics, SCA is a constantly changing field in which certifications, technical degree programs, and continuing education are necessary to keep up with the pace of technology. SCA’s virtual symposium is an excellent avenue to supply educators with opportunities for online interaction with peers and industry experts who are on the cutting edge of future advances.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the government agency responsible for overseeing air transportation in the United States. The FAA focuses on air transportation safety, including the enforcement of safety standards for aircraft manufacturing, operation, and maintenance.

The FAA Aviation Safety (AVS) STEM Career Symposium is designed to educate students about STEM/aviation-related career opportunities and encourage them to enter into these types of fields when considering their own careers in the future.

The AVS STEM Career Symposium will include multiple guest speakers, interactive visual presentations, STEM engagement activities, and opportunities for students to talk with Aviation Safety professionals. Participating students will learn about exciting AVS careers such as aviation safety inspectors, aerospace engineers, medical officers, pilots, and mathematicians.

The gender inequity in energy jobs from the office to the field still exists. How to attract and retain women in energy jobs? Start by sharing the diverse range of energy careers and role models with girls. 

In this webinar award-winning authors and educators, Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman, will share their research on the power of sharing diverse role models, resources to find diverse role models in energy, and the impact this has on the ability of educators and the workforce to attract girls and women into energy careers. From research on role models to understanding the breadth of energy careers (not all require Ph.D. or work in the field) to sharing the strategies they use as authors, you will discover how to integrate energy and gender equity into the STEM narrative.

This webinar is a panel presentation for secondary and post-secondary educators, in transportation or related CTE programs, interested in creating or enhancing service learning in their education program. You will hear from a variety of presenters about their service-learning projects, key successes, lessons learned, and the impact these projects have had. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation to ask any questions you may have.

By attending this webinar, you have the opportunity for individual consulting on your new or existing service-learning projects with the Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence. Sign-ups for consulting will be made available after the webinar.

Oxidation is a way to create a non-conducting layer on Si wafers. Engineers carefully create isolation sites in order to channel the electrons for conduction. Having the ultimate goal of creating a transistor gate oxide in mind, the session will start by discussing various uses of the oxides and introduce wet and dry oxidation methods. The oxidation physics and chemistry will be highlighted heuristically and simulation methods will be offered to estimate the finalized oxide thicknesses. In contrast, ion implantation enables the engineers to assign certain areas to be more conductive. Next, the ion implantation tool will be introduced. The ion implantation mechanism will be studied by using a simulator for different dopant scenarios with different energies. Finally, atomic layer deposition as an emerging deposition method to achieve ultimate control over the thickness and quality will be covered. Atomic layer deposition of an alumina layer will be studied in-depth and the final thickness will be found out using an ellipsometer.