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MICS Seminar: What is Going on Around Us? A MEMS Perspective

12:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Friday, April 12, 2013
Location: Whittemore 457

Dr. Masoud Agah will be the speaker.

There is a great promise in miniaturizing instruments for monitoring our environment as it will lead to field-portable, highly energy efficient untethered microsystems enabling real-time analysis of analytes of interest. In this talk, we will have a quick look of the research at VT MEMS lab in three different major research thrusts. First, we will introduce some of the most recent advances in 3D micromachining. Next, the utilization of this technology for pathogen detection will be described. Finally, we will demonstrate how MEMS technology can be utilized to develop micro gas analyzers to monitor the organic compounds in the air we breathe. We will discuss the major components of a micro gas chromatography systems including micro preconcentrators, micro separation columns, and the gas detectors. Toward the end of the presentation, we will discuss some of our recent advances of a NIOSH-funded project to develop an iPad size microGC systems with the required electronic circuitry.

Speaker Bio:
Masoud Agah received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Iran, in 1996 and 1998, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2005. He began his undergraduate studies in 1992 after being awarded by the President of Iran for achieving the first rank in the Nationwide Iranian University Entrance Examination. During his studies, he received numerous awards, including the Iranian Exemplary Graduate Student Honor, awarded by President Khatami in 1998. In 1996 and 1997, he served as the organizer of the first and second Student Scientific Competition Award in the EE Department at SUT. He also co-founded and served as the first chairman of the Iranian Student Conference on Electrical Engineering (ISCEE) in 1998. From 1996 to 1999, he was a member of technical staff and then a project manager at Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, Iran, where his work was focused on industrial automation, robotics, and computer vision. In 1999. In 2000, he joined the NSF Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS ERC), University of Michigan, where he developed MEMS-based gas chromatography columns for environmental monitoring applications. He was the recipient of the 2nd place DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Award at the 40th Design Automation Conference, 2003. He joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in August 2005, where he is currently an associate professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a core faculty member of Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. He established the VT MEMS Laboratory in 2005 and has focused his research on environmental and biomedical applications of MEMS. Dr. Agah received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008 for his research on micro gas chromatography, the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award in
2009, the Graduate School's Outstanding Dissertation Advisor Award in 2010, and the College of Engineering's Faculty Fellow Award in 2011. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), as well as its Electron Devices and its Solid-State Circuits Societies.