Building Updates

Phase I

6/10/24 Update

 

Equipment Updates

EQUIPMENT LISTORDEREDIN FACILITYCOMMISSIONEDOPERABLE
Novellus C1 PECVD
Expertech CTR-200 LPCVD [Si]
Expertech CTR-200 LPCVD [Oxide]
Expertech CTR-200 [N2 Anneal]
Expertech CTR-200 [POCl3]
Lam 590 RIE [Si]
Lam 490 RIE [Oxide]
Kurt J. Lesker PVD 200
Onto Innovation Inspectrology IVS200
Woollam RC2XF Elipsometer
Matrix Model 106 Asher
Nikon iLine NSR 2005i8 Stepper
Obducat MC204 Coater/Developer
Obducat MC204 Wet Cleaner
Centrotherm c.ACTIVATOR 150-50
Centrotherm c.OXIDATOR 150-50

 Phase II

6/10/24 Update

North Side IMP Complete

High Roof Install 100% Complete

Low Roof Install Ongoing

Cleanroom Bulkhead Sheetrock Finishing Started

6/3/24 Update

North Side IMP Approaching Completion

High Roof Install 75% Complete

Interior Office Framing Complete

Cleanroom Bulkhead Framing Started

5/28/24 Update

North Side Roofing Started

IMP Installation Ongoing

Interior Office Framing Started

Offsite MEP Pre-Fabrication Beginning

5/20/24 Update

Exterior Framing Complete for North, East, South Elevations

IMWP Installation Commenced

Structural Steel Complete

Thermal Coating Installation

5/13/24 Update

Decking Dryfall Complete

Exterior Framing and Blocking Complete North Elevation

Welded MEP Hangers Complete

Office/Admin Area MEP Hangers Layout

5/6/24 Update

Building Ground/Lightning Protection Continued

Begin Exterior Framing

Building Deck Dryfall Paint

Begin Welded MEP Hangers to Steel

4/29/24 Update

Building Ground/Lightning Protection Rough-in

Column Baseplate Concrete Pourbacks

Decking Installation Complete

Building Eyebrow Steel & Final Braced Frame Welds Ongoing

4/22/24 Update

Temporary Power Ran & Panel Energized

Grouting Column Baseplates

Decking Installation Commencing

4/15/24 Update

Steel Erection Substantially Complete

Structural Steel Detailing Started

Exterior Framing Procurement Released

4/08/24 Update

Steel Erection Started 4/01/24

SOG FF/FL Testing & Quality Control Scan

BIM Model Population Nearing Completion

Staff

Executive Director

H. Alan Mantooth

Fabrication Director

Thomas White

Faculty Director

Zhong Chen

Technical Director

Greg Salamo

Managing Director

Shannon G. Davis

Equipment Engineer

Joseph Mendiola

Facility Process Engineer

Tanner Rice

Workforce Development Lead

Jeff Dix

Executive Director

H. Alan Mantooth

Ph.D., P.E., FIEEE

Alan Mantooth is the Executive Director. He has 24 years of academic experience in addition to eight years in industry. He has served in several leadership positions in both industry and academe, and currently serves as Founding Director for the Center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES) and Deputy Director for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization in Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS). He is the Director of the UA Power Group, a team of 16 faculty, over 100 graduate students, and over a dozen full-time technical and administrative staff.

After returning to academe he has built a research group of 25 students, on average, with research expenditures of approximately $5M a year. Since its inception in 2005, he has served as the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission’s (NCREPT) Executive Director and has overseen its research and building program.

Dr. Mantooth has published over 550 refereed publications in CAD, modeling, and electronic design and packaging, as well as three books. He is an IEEE Fellow, has served on the IEEE PELS Advisory Committee since 2004, is a former President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Open Journal of Power Electronics.

Fabrication Director

Thomas White

Ph.D.

Thomas White received his PhD in Microelectronics and Photonics (now Material Science & Engineering) from the University of Arkansas, a Master’s in Microelectronics and Photonics from the University of Arkansas, a Bachelor degree in Physics from Henderson State University, and a Bachelor degree in Marketing Management and Transportation and Logistics from the University of Arkansas.

Thomas previously worked in SiC manufacturing and R&D at XFAB Texas, where he was both a Process Development Engineer and the Director of WBG Research and Development. Thomas focuses on the MUSiC facility specifications, toolset, and the processes for current and future needs.

Faculty Director

Zhong Chen

Dr. Zhong Chen is currently Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at University of Arkansas. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University, a Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and a Bachelor degree from Zhejiang University.

Dr. Chen worked for seven years as ESD specialist in Analog Technology Development at Texas Instruments (TI). At TI, he has been providing ESD solutions for various analog and digital applications in automotive, power management, power interface, high-speed product, audio and imaging products and motor drives. He was recognized as a TMG Member of Technical Staff for his contribution and leadership at TI. In his research, Chen focuses on novel device for harsh environment, integrated circuit (IC) and system level ESD and reliability; power electronics and power devices; wide-bandgap material, devices and packaging.

Technical Director

Greg Salamo

Gregory J. Salamo holds the Basore Chair in Nanotechnology and Innovation. He received the Ph.D. in physics from City University of New York in 1973, where he also worked as an intern student at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey from 1968 to 1973.  His postdoctoral work was at the Institute of Optics of University of Rochester in New York from 1973 to 1975.  He joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas in January of 1975, where he is now Distinguished Professor of Physics and the Basore Professor in Nanotechnology and Innovation.  He has carried out research in the areas of optical spatial solitons, quantum optics, and the optical properties of semiconductors.

His research is currently focused on growing III-V and group IV semiconductors and ferroelectrics using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).  He has published about 600 papers in referred journals, given numerous contributed and invited talks, contributed several conference proceedings and book chapters, and is editor of Springer Lecture Notes in Nanoscience. He also pursues the development of interdisciplinary research and education through the establishment of a new MS/Ph.D. degree program first called Micro Electronics-Photonics but now Material Science and Engineering, which is now the home of over 80 graduate students and provides greater career opportunities for students and faculty in the sciences.  He has also started new laboratory courses in Laser Physics, Quantum Optics, Nonlinear Optics, Optic Communications, Optical Properties of Solids, and Nanoscale Fabrication and Imaging, each with separate NSF Awards. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society and won the UA Baum Award for Teaching, the most prestigious UA award made to one faculty member each year. He was also the 2009 Case Professor of the Year.

Managing Director

Shannon G. Davis

Ph.D., CRA

Shannon G. Davis is the Business and Operations Director for the Center. She received her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Kansas in the Division of Government. She focused her studies on political psychology, organizational behavior and bureaucratic decision making in the world of public policy. She has put this to practice in the form of proposal writing, contract negotiations and project management of government and nonprofit organization funding. She has served the College of Engineering by managing the research infrastructure, collaborating to develop proposals, negotiating contracts with various types of sponsors, and addressing project management issues. She is an active member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and has participated regularly in paper panels. During her 26 years at the University of Arkansas, she has written and co-written proposals that have resulted in over $54 million in funding.

Equipment Engineer

Joseph Mendiola

Joseph Mendiola enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and entered active duty on August 27, 1997, as an Aircraft Armament Systems Apprentice. He attended Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas and Advanced Technical Training at Sheppard AFB, Texas. During his military career he was assigned to numerous units and leadership positions ranging from an Aircraft Mechanic, Quality Assurance Inspector, Maintenance Trainer, Flightline Expediter, Maintenance Section Chief and Production Superintendent. With his extensive knowledge and experience on various fighter jets (A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Falcon, F-15 Eagle and MQ-9 Reaper) and flight test projects; he was hand selected to stand up the F-35 Integrated Task Force at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base California.

His final assignment was as F-16 Production Superintendent, 416th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Edwards AFB California where he led 331 personnel in the daily operations and maintenance of 33 aircraft. With over 20 years of dedicated service, Joseph retired honorably in 2017. After retirement he joined the JT4 team of highly skilled scientific, engineering, technical and support personnel to provide hand-on training and mentorship for real-world Department of Defense projects.

Facility Process Engineer

Tanner Rice

Workforce Development Lead

Jeff Dix

Jeff Dix accepted his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, in December 2013, May 2015, and May 2018, respectively, with all focused in Electrical Engineering.  His research focus is on integrated circuit design in the analog mixed-signal realm.  Before finishing his Bachelor’s degree, he worked as an undergraduate research assistant for the Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab (ICASL) group.  Along with the research experience, he has worked at various companies as a co-op and intern since 2011 with the most recent internship being at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), which was after his Master’s degree.  He is involved in gate driver IC design for high temperature applications in addition to his Ph.D. work in low power and high speed neural network design.

During his tenure as a graduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Dr. Dix has developed and taught several classes within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  His teaching experience involved guiding students in learning basic circuits for both electrical engineers and other engineering disciplines as well as basic digital circuit design.  While teaching, Dr. Dix developed his configurable, low power analog neural network that is the primary focus of his Ph.D. research.  He currently is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he is continuing his research and teaching interests in academia while expanding his research thrusts into RF and extreme environment applications.

Contact

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