Nov 13th, 2015 – MRS/ASM/AVS Joint Symposium at NCSU

November 13, 2015

Symposium Sign

AIF Is Pleased To Host A Joint Symposium:

Materials Research Society – North Carolina Section

ASM International – Carolinas Central Chapter

American Vacuum Society – Mid Atlantic Chapter



Meeting Overview

The meeting will be held on Friday November 13th, 2015 at the Mckimmon Center of NC State University (1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh NC 27606). The meeting is expected to draw over 100 participants both locally and from the surrounding region. Topics ranging from nanomaterials, processing, characterization, biomaterials and modeling will be presented by both invited speakers and selected student contributions. The proceedings will be posted 2 days prior to the meeting for digital download. For more information consult the meeting flyer

Invited Speakers and Topics

Aaron Franklin (Duke) Nanomaterials in transistors

David Stokes (RTI) – Thermoelectric Materials

David Sebba (BD Technologies) – Cancer Diagnostics

Michael Dickey (NCSU) – Liquid Metals


The meeting will be held at the NC State University Mckimmon Center. Parking is free. Please click here for location information and directions.

For those coming in from out of town and spending the night, please note that you are eligible to receive the NCSU rate when you reserve a room at either the Holiday Inn Express on Gorman Street or at the DoubleTree on Hillsborough Street. Be sure to request the NCSU rate at the time you make your reservation.

Workshops and Courses

This year we are glad that Kert Lesker will hold a vacuum course prior to the meeting presented by Joe Becker. If you are interested in attending, please contact Roberto Garcia at and register the course through meeting registration link.

VK-X Violet will hold a Laser Confocal Microscope workshop prior to the meeting. You are welcome to bring in your samples for testing during the day. Please register the workshop through the meeting registration link. We will contact you to schedule time.

Please note that if  a minimum number of attendees have not registered by October 31th for a given Workshop or Short Course, then it may be cancelled and those who have registered will be notified.

Meeting Registration

To attend the meeting, please fill out the online registration form here.
Students will be asked to indicate whether they would like to submit a poster or paper after registering. Abstract submission and registration can be done using the same form.

The registration fee includes lunch and coffee service in the morning and afternoon. It may be paid at the time of the meeting or in advance by check only.

Meeting Registration Fees
Professional $20.00
Student $10.00

Please make checks payable to Materials Research Society and mail to:

NC State University
c/o Fred Stevie
Campus Box 7531 Room 318 MRC
2410 Campus Shore Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695

Note: If you submit a poster you are automatically registered for the meeting. However, if there will be more than one author attending, each person will have to register separately.

Vendor Registration

To reserve a table or to have your company flyers at the meeting, please fill out the online vendor registration form here.
Submitting the form automatically registers the Company Representative for the meeting. Vendor registration includes a 1-page advertisement in the digital proceedings and placement of the company logo on the meeting webpage.

Vendor registration fees
Registration $100
Registration + Table Fee* $250

Please make checks payable to Materials Research Society and mail to:

NC State University
c/o Fred Stevie
Campus Box 7531 Room 318 MRC
2410 Campus Shore Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695

Please send 1-page advertisement (DOC, DOCX, or PDF  format) and company logo (JPG or PNG format) to Roberto Garcia at

*Space is limited, so register early to guarantee a table

Student Poster/Oral Sessions

A student poster session will be held and 3 student contributed papers will be selected for 15 minute oral presentations. When registering, you will be asked to indicate whether the abstract should be considered for a poster or for a paper (eligible for an oral presentation). Cash prizes will be awarded for the best student oral presentation and for the top 3 poster presentations. First 32 posters submitted will be judged. Later submissions can be displayed but not judged. Over $1k prizes to be awarded. Primary authors will be asked to register for the Symposium if they have not already done so. Abstract deadline is Nov. 6.

Abstract and Poster requirements

  • Please use plain text for abstract submission
  • Poster size should be 48 inches by 36 inches

Meeting Contacts

Name Affiliation Email Phone
Carrie Donley UNC-CH 919.843.2859
Fred Stevie NCSU 919.515.7037
John Lannon, Jr. RTI 919.248.1872
Shanthi Iyer NCA&T
Roberto Garcia NCSU 919.515.8628
Jesse Jur NCSU 919.515.1676
Charles Parker Duke 919.660.5592
Mike Rigsbee NCSU 919.515.3568
Joe Becker Kurt J. Lesker 919.562.9967



Oct 30th and Nov 20th, 2015 – Basic Vacuum Technology Short Course


Date Friday, Oct 30th and Nov 20nd, 2015
Time  8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location Monteith Research Center, Rm 320 (NCSU Centennial Campus)
Instructor Fred Stevie
Registration Cost (Students) $50
Registration Cost (Industry) $150

This is primarily a hands on course with some lecture time. Individuals will work on two functioning vacuum systems. Each attendee will manually remove and install components to learn practical knowledge when dealing with vacuum systems. Covered components include forepumps, turbomolecular pumps, ion pumps, thermocouple and cold cathode gauges, valves, flanges, and feedthroughs.

In addition to hands-on instruction, attendees will receive the following:

  • Digital copy of lecture materials
  • Tour of AIF facility


The course instructor will be Fred Stevie. Fred has 40 years of experience with vacuum instrumentation and is an American Vacuum Society instructor. He is currently responsible for the Surface Analysis Laboratory at NC State.


Oct 28th, 2015 – In situ characterization workshop

Research Triangle Nantotechnology Network (RTNN) and AIF will host In Situ materials characterization workshop on October 28, 2015 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at Centennial Campus, Monteith Research Center, 2410 Campus Shore Drive, Room 246.


8:30 am – Welcome to AIF and Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network Dr. Elizabeth Dickey, Center for Dielectrics & Piezoelectrics Director

8:45 am – In-situ TEM – TBD

9:15 am – In-situ X-ray Diffraction for Materials Development and Innovation Chris Fancher, North Carolina State University

9:45 am – Question and Answer Session With the Experts – Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served

10:15 am – Laboratory Breakout Demonstrations
          In-Situ XRD – MRC Rooms 303B and 303C
          Liquid-cell TEM – EB1 1046 Suite
          In-situ heating SEM/FIB – MRC Room 119
          Environmental TEM – MRC Room 122
Please click here for registration.