Past Events 2009-2011



April
2011: NExT Tech High School Competition




 
The high school competition was a K-12 outreach event initiated during the NanoDays event. Following the guidelines outlined in the flyer, high school students presented their ideas highlighting new technologies as solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues. 


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April 2011: BAE Lab Tour


A group of NExT members, seven in total, had the opportunity to visit BAE Systems in Manassas, Va. We were hosted by several BAE employees including Mr. Caesar Caprio. The facility tour started with an overview of BAE and then focused on a more in depth look at the operations at the Manassas location. We were treated to lunch and finally a facility tour highlighting the fabrication, testing, and defect detection of radiation-hardened semiconductor systems.



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March 2011:
Nano-Coatings: A tool to make particles for in vivo imaging and drug delivery

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Alexander Klibanov



Professor Klibanov presented on the medical applications of nanoparticles and specifically the fabrication of liposomes for drug delivery and imaging. The manipulation of nanoparticles, in terms of material, size, and hydrophobicity, to meet the conditions of a specific application was stressed throughout the discussion.

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March 2011: Undergraduate Research Mixer





The undergraduate research mixer was held in the Wilsdorf Atrium and provided students and researchers the opportunity to discuss potential opportunities within a variety of labs. The event was a great networking opportunity for undergraduates looking to get involved. Several undergraduate researchers also presented posters displaying their current work.



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March 2011: NanoDays

                                                                                                       
   
 
                                                                                                        


U.Va hosted a NanoDays Open House to educate the academic and local communities about research and advances in nanotechnology. A majority of NExT volunteered to help run the event, which turned out to be a great success. NExT members were responsible for helping setting up, operating and cleaning up NanoDays. Throughout the day, people of all ages and backgrounds visited the event and participated in various, hands-on demonstrations about properties of materials on the nanoscale and the potential of nanotechnology in the future.


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February 2011: Micron Technology, Inc.

   
Mr. Terry Leslie of Micron was the first seminar presentation of the spring semester. The event featured an overview of Micron and the semiconductor device industry, a technical discussion on NAND and DRAM technologies, and an informative discussion on career opportunities with Micron. 


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December 2010: Water Repellency through Nanotechnology
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Eric Loth

    

   
Professor Loth presented on the applications of super hydrophobic coatings for aerospace technologies. The presentation clearly overviewed the principles of wetting and non-wetting interfaces.


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November 2010: Thanksgiving Food Drive



Over the course of a week, a total of 126 lbs of non-perishable goods were donated to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.



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October2010: Smart building technologies for energy efficiency
Professor of Computer Science, Kamin Whitehouse



           


Professor Whitehouse presented on smart building technologies in achieving energy efficient homes. Several videos and statistical data from a few full-scale, functional homes were presented to show the efficacy of strategic sensor systems.



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September 2010: Self-organization and self-assembly: Man following nature
Professor of Materials Science, Jerrold Floro

   

  

Professor Floro’s talk was the first presentation of our seminar series in 2010. The presentation was full of synthetic and natural examples comparing and contrasting self-assembly and self-organization.



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November 2009: Developments in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Steven McIntosh




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  October 2009: Ultrasound Targeted Delivery of Nanoparticle Drug and Gene Carriers
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Richard Price



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September 2009: Clean Tech & Sustainability: EcoMOD, Learning Barge, and Beyond
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Paxton Marshall






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March 2009: NExT Student info session with NExT founding president, Matthew Smith