MNT-EC Partners

Kate Williams Alcott

Kate Williams Alcott

Associate Director, Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC)
SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica, NY

NEATEC’s mission is to attract and train a technician workforce for the semiconductor/advanced manufacturing industries. To that end, I work with three specific cohorts to build a pipeline of talent, transitioning soldiers from Fort Drum, high school students including those from the refugee community and college students. Activities to support this outreach include providing Advanced Manufacturing Technician training for soldiers, mentoring a refugee robotics team and co-hosting a Manufacturing Day Expo. Before joining NEATEC in 2013, I worked for an educational consulting firm as a trainer and curriculum developer.

Chris Buser

Chris Buser

Senior Faculty – Oak Crest Institute of Science

Chris runs the imaging core and the startup incubator (MOST-IP). The Imaging Core provides microscope access and fee-for-service projects from the micro to the nanoscale for biomedical research. The startup incubator gives early-stage technology companies access to lab space and supports them with our expertise and instrumentation to develop innovative products.

Atilla Cakmak

Atilla Cakmak

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Atilla Ozgur Cakmak got his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Microelectronics Engineering and Computer and Electronics Engineering from Sabanci University, Turkey in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Dr. Cakmak obtained his Ph.D. in the field of nanophononics from Bilkent University, Turkey in 2012 from Electrical and Electronics Engineering and he joined The Pennsylvania State University in 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher to work on solar cells. Dr. Cakmak has been a member of Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU) since 2018 as an Assistant Teaching Professor, where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in nanofabrication and various fields of nanotechnology.

Cait Cramer

Cait Cramer

Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne, IN

Cait Cramer is the Assistant Program Chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, IN. She holds a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering for Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. At Ivy Tech, she develops courses and advises students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Engineering programs which are part of the School of Advanced manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science. During her time at Ivy Tech, she has focused on building up a strong advisory board of local industry representatives, creating strong transfer pathways to regional 4-year universities, and enhancing MEMS education.

Cait has experience teaching Materials Science and Engineering Technology topics at both a research university and community college setting and experience working in the Micro and Nano Technology industry as a process and quality engineer at Intel and as a research assistant focused on thin-film printed electronics, metallic inks, and scaled-up additive manufacturing.

Marco Curreli

Marco Curreli

Founder and Executive Director – Omni Nano

Dr. Marco Curreli is an educator, technology & social entrepreneur, and research scientist specializing in nanotechnology. Dr. Curreli is the Founder and Executive Director of Omni Nano, a non-profit organization that creates online courses in nanotechnology for high school and undergraduate students. Dr. Curreli is a public speaker for professional adults and youth conferences, where he explains nanotechnology and its far-reaching applications to broad audiences. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry at Cal State LA and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California (USC).

Kendrick Davis

Kendrick Davis Ph.D.

Founder and CEO of KBD Consulting, LLC
Los Angeles, CA

Kendrick is the founder & CEO of KBD Consulting LLC.; an educational consulting firm focused on equity-minded research, professional development, and policy analysis. He most recently served as the Vice President of Policy Research at the Campaign for College Opportunity in Los Angeles, CA, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a research agenda around college access and completion for all Californians, particularly the most vulnerable subgroups. Before moving to Los Angeles, Kendrick served as an education policy advisor to US Senator Kamala D. Harris through a nationally recognized American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship.

Kendrick has served in local government as the director of STEM initiatives for two mayors of Philadelphia and has done international work in Egypt as a member of a $25 million United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant. Kendrick earned his Ph.D. in higher education and his master's degrees in both robotics engineering and law from the University of Pennsylvania; his bachelor's in mechanical engineering is from Temple University. His commitment to community engagement is demonstrated through his work on the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition (PRC) Board, and the National Girls' Collaborative Project Champions Board.

Robert Ehrmann

Robert K. Ehrmann

Managing Director - Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU)
Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Bob is the Managing Director - Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU), which is the home to the NSF ATE National Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Support Center, which has a national mission to facilitate the development of and create infrastructure for nanotechnology workforce education across the nation. Bob earned a BS in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from West Virginia University and then worked in industry for 23 years prior to joining PSU-CNEU in 2004.

REhrmann@engr.psu.edu

Tanya Faltens

Tanya Faltens

Purdue University

Tanya is the Educational Content Creation Manager for the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), which created and operates the open access nanoHUB.org cyber-platform. Her technical background is in Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D. UCLA 2002). Dr. Faltens taught materials engineering courses for 6 years at Cal Poly Pomona and introduced nanoHUB simulation tools to her students during that time. Before that, she taught K-12 STEM classes and camps at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley. Now at Purdue University, she works with faculty and students who create and use simulation tools for their teaching and learning and she manages the NCN Undergraduate Research Experience and Undergraduate Computational Education Experience summer programs.

James Marti

James Marti Ph.D.

James is the Senior Scientist and Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Nano Center, an applied nanotechnology research center located at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Marti manages two research laboratories at the Center that focus on nanomaterials and the biological applications of nanotechnology. A physicist by training, Dr. Marti has carried out a broad range of research on the physics and chemistry of micron- and nanometer-scale particles, particle systems, and related materials. He has taught courses on nanotechnology, nanoelectronics, computer modeling, and advanced lab methods at Dakota County Technical College (Rosemount MN). Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Dr. Marti conducted research on nanoparticles for academic and government labs and served as the director of research and development for several small companies with a nanotechnology product focus.

Abe Michelen

Abe Michelen

Managing Director & Co-PI of Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC),
& Co-PI of SEMI Cert

Abe is the original awardee and the Managing Director and Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) of the Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC). He is a Co-PI of the SEMI Certification (SEMI Cert) NSF grant awarded to SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) in 2019. He is a retired professor of Electrical Engineering at a local college in Troy, New York, where he taught courses on semiconductor manufacturing, nanotechnology, electromechanical systems and analog and digital electronics, among others. Since 2016 Abe is an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Poly teaching semiconductor and electronics courses. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Abe is the author of two textbooks and of many technical conference papers. He is a senior engineer at IEEE GlobalSpec, where he manages databases of semiconductor, photovoltaic and software products, and regularly publishes technical articles on IEEE publications.

Matthias Pleil

Dr. Matthias W. Pleil

Principal Investigator – SCME, Research Professor and Lecturer
University of New Mexico, NM

Matthias Pleil, Ph.D. is the Principal Investigator for two NSF funded centers, the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (2004-2018) and the Support Center for Microsystems Education (2017). He is a University of New Mexico Research Professor and Lecturer (Mechanical Engineering) and Cleanroom Manager (MTTC). He teaches several engineering courses and promotes micro and nanotechnology. He has been a faculty member at Central New Mexico Community College in both the Schools of Applied Technologies and Math, Science and Engineering (MSE). He has 12 years of experience in Semiconductor Manufacturing Engineering from Texas Instruments and Philips Semiconductors. Dr. Pleil received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1993 from Texas Tech University, where he completed original research on Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

Pete Raynor

Pete Raynor

Professor – University of Minnesota

Dr. Peter C. Raynor, a Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research and teaching interests revolve around the assessment and control of environmental exposures, especially those occurring in workplace environments. Dr. Raynor directs the University of Minnesota Industrial Hygiene Program and serves as Principal Investigator for the Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training.

Brandon Rodriguez

Brandon Rodriguez

NASA JPL

Brandon presently works at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab as a STEM Education Specialist. After a rewarding career in research, Brandon wanted to share his love of science with the next generation. He became a high school science teacher, taught at the college and graduate level, and now designs activities and trainings in STEM for K-12 educators.

James Smith

Dr. James Smith

Princeton University

Jim is a materials science lecturer at the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM). He has years of experience developing educational experiences for students using cleanrooms and microscopy facilities. He developed the first nanotechnology and microscopy certificate programs in the state of Utah, a general engineering Associates degree at Salt Lake Community College, and 3 new award-winning courses at PRISM. Jim has been involved in entrepreneurial activities for the past 25 years including 4 technology start-up companies in areas ranging from technical ceramics, micro/nanotech, to biosensors. Nationally he serves on various committees developing nanotechnology educational and professional development efforts including the NSF Micro and Nanotechnology Education Center.

Kristen Torguson

Kirsten Torguson, MRA, CRA

Grants Manager - Oak Crest Institute of Science

Kirsten is a seasoned research administrator, holding various positions in higher education, research laboratories and research hospital offices of sponsored research. She is skilled in all aspects of the grants lifecycle from research development to post-award and tech transfer. Kirsten has most recently managed a major clinical trial project involving multiple subaward sites and collaborators. Kirsten holds a Master of Science in Research Administration from the University of Central Florida where she also was adjunct faculty in the College of Health & Public Administration. Kirsten is active in many professional research administration organizations and holds a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) credential.

Rick Vaughn

Rick Vaughn

Faculty Chair, Rio Salado College

Dr. Rick Vaughn holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Davis where he specialized in Topology and Geometry. His dissertation in entitled "Planar Soap Bubbles". After 13 years as residential faculty at Paradise Valley Community College, he moved to Rio Salado College to be the Faculty Chair for STEM Initiatives. At Rio, he has spearheaded the approval, creation, and development of a unique, hybrid, two-year program in Nanotechnology. A regular contributor.

Paul Webster

Paul Webster

Senior Faculty - Oak Crest Institute of Science
Los Angeles, CA

Paul obtained his education in the United Kingdom. He is a biomedical researcher specializing in the study of pathogen-host interactions. His most recent interests are with bacterial biofilms. His interests and skills have taken him to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, ILRAD in Nairobi, and the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven. Since moving to the Los Angeles area he has worked at the House Ear Institute, and is now based at the Oak Crest Institute of Science in Monrovia where he studies bacterial communities in the human body. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Citrus College in Glendora.

Lynn Zentner

Lynn K. Zentner, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Network for Computational Nanotechnology

Dr. Lynn K. Zentner joined the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) at Purdue University in August 2010, serving as NCN Technical Director until assuming her current role as Managing Director. She is a co-PI on the current NSF award that supports the operation of nanoHUB and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NCN team and is involved in outreach and engagement. She was previously a visiting professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department at Purdue where she focused on materials, fluid dynamics, and finite element analysis. Dr. Zentner received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1993 and has been involved in modeling and simulation research since 1986.