Good things come in small packages: sometimes microscopic ones. Students at Norfolk State University are conducting research with devices that are so tiny that millions of them can fit on the head of a pin. “Thanks to this Dominion Foundation grant, we are able to expand training capabilities for students to learn the fabrication process which uses green technology to improve electronic communications, energy generation and lighting,” said Demetris L. Geddis, associate professor of engineering and director of the Micro-and Nano Technology Center, the lead professor for this curriculum.
The Dominion Foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Resources, awarded the university $25,000 to expand its teaching and training of emerging technologies, including microelectronics, optoelectronics, and microfabrications. The courses enable students to learn how to design micro- and nano-scale devices for energy generation and lighting. Green energy devices, such as LED’s and solar cells are created and researched in a “cleanroom” lab environment, where students get hands-on experience. Just as devices like the computer chip led to many changes, innovations and career opportunities, green technology devices are set to do the same.