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Engineering Student Wins Best Poster Award at National Conference

Kanda Tapily, a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering at Old Dominion University's Batten College of Engineering and Technology, won an award for Best Student Poster at the prestigious Electrochemical Society Fall Meeting in Las Vegas last month.

Tapily's poster, based on his ECS conference proceedings paper "Thermal Behavior of the Mechanical Properties of Gallium Nitride (GaN) Throughout Hydrogen-Induced Thin Layer Transfer," received the honor in the field of Semiconductor Wafer Bonding. The award was granted by the Electronics and Photonics Division of the Electrochemical Society. Tapily received an ECS Award Certificate and a monetary award in the form of a check to support his graduate studies.

Tapily, who performs his thesis research at ODU's Applied Research Center in Newport News under the direction of Dr. Helmut Baumgart, an ODU professor of electrical and computer engineering, reported on the thermo-evolution of the mechanical properties of hydrogen-implanted gallium nitride. He investigated the influence of thermal treatment on its elasto-mechanical properties, and its corresponding role in ultrathin layer splitting for the fabrication of composite semiconductor structures.

Baumgart said Tapily's achievement is significant, particularly because his research work in the general field of hydrogen induced film exfoliation and layer transfer was similarly recognized at the ECS Fall Meeting in Hawaii two years earlier. "These are prestigious awards, and a recognition of the work that he has done in this field," Baumgart said.

This article was posted on: November 22, 2010

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