NSF Announced Yesterday that they are funding the NASCENT Center!!
For more than a year, my supervisor, Dr. S.V. Sreenivasan, has been working with other professors at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of New Mexico, and the University of California at Berkeley and with industry partners on a grant to create a new ERC (Engineering Research Center). Yesterday, the NSF announced that we were one of three proposals that won out of the initial 70 proposals. We will be getting an initial $18.5 million and if we can prove that we used the money well after 5 years we can get another $20 million. I actually created a lot of the technical graphics in the proposal. I am also going to help find the equipment we will be acquiring for the new cleanroom lab at UT. Below are some articles written about the center. I am featured in some of the pictures as well as my hands holding wafers.