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Research Opportunities in Micromachining

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Title:  Laser micromachining of glasses and polymers

The research is to investigate the effects of various process parameters on forming microchannels on polymers and glasses.  To this end the student will carry out the following tasks:

  1. Literature review of related field
  2. Design experiments and carry out systematic parametric study on the relationship between process parameters and microchannel quality.
  3. Characterize the resultant microchannel quality using various optical measurement techniques.
  4. Optimize the process parameters to achieve the best quality and throughput.
  5. Generate a technical report summarizing all the findings.
  • The student will learn how to schedule and prioritize his/her work according to the overall goals and tasks.  He will have a weekly meeting with me to discuss the progress and future directions.
  • The student will be required to write a weekly report summarizing the results, ideas and future plans.
  • The student will be required to write a final report summarizing all the findings and achievements during the course of the program.
  • The student will gain the knowledge and skills about lasers, operation of the laser, and characterization method.
  • The student will gain the knowledge about how to do research or problem solving.

The project is available for ME 497 and ME 498.

Requirements:  Junior or senior standing with GPA higher than 3.5

Contact:  Professor Yung C. Shin,, 4-9775, MEG82

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