41st Annual Microelectronic Engineering Conference at RIT

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This conference brings together students, faculty, alumni, friends and industry guests interested in Microelectronic Engineering. Key elements of the conference are: technical presentations by seniors on their capstone research and design projects, industry and alumni presentations, recognition of companies who have supported the program, review of program activities and achievements over the past year and industry feedback on student and academic program activities.

The technical session is from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the NTID Student Development Center (building 55) room 1300. The agenda includes invited speakers from Texas Instruments, ONSEMI, Edwards Vacuum, Wolfspeed and RIT in addition to all of the senior project presentations.

An off-campus reception follows at 5 pm at the RIT Inn and Conference Center with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

Registration is required (no charge) to determine meal orders.  

  Date and Time




  • Date: 14 Apr 2023
  • Time: 08:30 AM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • One Lomb Memorial Drive
  • Rochester, New York
  • United States 14623
  • Building: CSD/055
  • Room Number: 1300
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  • Contact Event Host
  • Karl Hirschman (click above)

    Robert Pearson, repemc@rit.edu (email)

  • Starts 29 March 2023 05:45 PM
  • Ends 13 April 2023 06:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Dr. Kai Ni of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering, RIT

Novel High Performance Memory

Matthew Kowalski of Edwards Vacuum

Science of the SubFab

Scott Allen of onsemi

ONSEMI - Intelligent Technology. Better Future.

Dr. Hermant Dixit of Wolfspeed

Silicon Carbide Technology: Enabling Rapid Growth of EV Infrastructure


Technical Program Agenda


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.       Registration NTID Student Development Center 55-1300


Morning Session AM-1


Session Chair: Dr. Robert Pearson, Associate Professor


8:30 a.m.        Opening Remarks, Karl Hirschman, Microelectronic Engineering Program Director


8:35 a.m.       “Novel High Performance Memory”, Dr. Kai Ni, RIT


9:15 a.m.        “IGZO Crystallization Using a Ta Catalyst / Alternative Dielectric Exploration”, Daniel Yu, Senior MicroE ‘23


9:35 a.m.        "Gallium Oxide Nanobelt FET", Hashir Awan, Senior MicroE ‘23


9:55 a.m.         SiC Schottky Diode Processing and Characterization”, Jared Gackenbach, Senior MicroE ‘23


10:15 a.m.     BREAK


Morning Session AM-2


Session Chair: Dr. Santosh Kurinec, Professor


10:30 a.m.     “Science of the SubFab”, Matthew Kowalski, Technical Program Manager, Edwards Vacuum


11:10 am       “Process Development for Fabricating Hi-k SOI FETs”, Ashleigh Hunt, Senior MicroE ‘23


11:30 a.m.     “Qualification of Etching Steps in Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Array Manufacturing Process”, 

                        Colleen Foley, Senior MicroE ‘23  


11:50 a.m.     “RIT Silicon Fin Process Development ”, Olivia Luetge, Senior MicroE ‘23



12:15 p.m.     LUNCH


Technical Program Agenda


Afternoon Session PM-1

Session Chair: Michael Jackson, Associate Professor


1:25 p.m.        Remarks, Doreen Edwards, Dean KGCOE


1:30 p.m.        “ONSEMI - Intelligent Technology. Better Future. ”, Scott Allen, ONSEMI V.P. of Human Resources, University Relations


2:00 p.m.         “Revival and Improvement of RIT Turnkey Solar Cell Fabrication Process”, Zach Flowers, Senior MicroE ‘23


2:20 p.m.         “External Radiative Efficiency (ERE) Setup”, Eli Rabadi, Senior MicroE ‘23


2:40 p.m.       BREAK


Afternoon Session PM-2

Session Chair: Sean Rommel, Professor


3:00 p.m.        “Silicon Carbide Technology: Enabling Rapid Growth of EV Infrastructure”,

                         Dr. Hermant Dixit, Research Scientist, Wolfspeed


3:30 p.m.         “PECVD of SiN Waveguides”, Alexander Yovanovich, Senior MicroE ‘23


3:50 p.m.        “Graphene in the BEOL for Better Thermal Performance”, Alexander Farichild, Senior MicroE ’23


4:10 p.m.        Technical Session Closing Remarks - Dr. Sean Rommel



Dinner Agenda

5:30 p.m.       Reception at the RIT Inn and Conference Center 

6:30 p.m.       Dinner Begins


7:00 p.m.       Opening Remarks, Dr. Karl Hirschman, Professor, Director Microelectronic Engineering Programs


                       Dinner Speaker, Chris Harris, Director of Community Relations, Government and Community Relations, RIT


                        Dr. Lynn Fuller Scholarship Award Announcement,

                                       Dr. Robert Pearson, Associate Professor

                        Dr. Renan Turkman Scholarship Award Announcement, 

                                       Dr. Robert Pearson, Associate Professor

                        Microelectronic Engineering – The Year in Review

                                       Dr. Robert Pearson, Associate Professor


                        Closing Remarks, Dr. Karl Hirschman, Professor, Director Microelectronic Engineering Programs