The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Harrell receives NSF grant to support REU program

Rod Harrell ECE professors Rod Harrell and Pingshan Wang have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant of $337,425 to support the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Solid-State Devices for Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetics Technology ("the SURE program") at Clemson University. The program will provide undergraduate participants with an in-depth ten-week directed research experience with solid-state devices.

Micro and nanofabrication of solid-state devices are critical components of modern economic development, and diverse leadership in research on devices for electronics, photonics, and magnetics is a key to sustained US economic competitiveness. Yet many undergraduate students have limited exposure to advanced topics in solid-state device and materials processing technology, resulting in a lack of awareness and understanding of the types of research problems that arise in the field. The SURE Program in Solid-State Devices for Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetics seeks to address this limitation in this critical area of engineering.

The SURE program helps prepare the undergraduate participants for successful graduate research in solid-state devices by exploring an important open problem of current research interest using advanced methods of experimentation, analysis, and modeling. Formal lectures, directed reading, discussion, and demonstration will form the basis for independent study and research by each student, who will also be paired with a faculty mentor for guidance. The SURE program will be centered on the philosophy of developing tomorrow's leaders in academic and industrial research on solid-state device technology and will focus on the selection of highly talented participants. To instill these participants with a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. and a research-oriented career, the program will also aim to strengthen their professional communication skills and enhance their understanding of the ethical and societal context within which engineering research is performed.

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