Science Café Cleveland presents

2010 Annual Distinguished Lectureship


"Michelangelo's Laser"


NOVEMBER 11, 2010




Dr. Evelyn Hu




Michelangelo's Laser will focus on some of the design, art and tools used in shaping semiconductor materials to achieve the desired scientific or technological performance.  In the masterpieces of form and sound that most delight us, we are willing believers that the artists who shape those works have a clear vision beforehand of the ultimate form that will emerge out of the starting material.  Perhaps surprisingly, the same vision applies to the 'artists' who shape structures out of materials like semiconductors, where the resulting creations can be used to control the behavior and interactions of electrons and photons, vital agents of information that define our day-to-day technology. This talk will focus on some of the techniques that semiconductor artists use to sculpt nanoscale forms into their materials, and discuss how the appropriately sculpted form can provide exceptional function.

Evelyn Hu
 currently serves as the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in 1969 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1971 and 1975, respectively. She was employed at AT&T's Bell Laboratories from 1975 to 1984, when she joined UCSB as a full professor. She served UCSB's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as vice chair from 1989 to 1992 and as chair from 1992 to 1994.  Dr. Hu has made major contributions to nanotechnology by designing and creating complex nanostructures. Her work has focused on nanoscale devices made from compound semiconductors and on novel devices made by integrating various materials, both organic and inorganic.  She has also created nanophotonic structures that might someday facilitate quantum computing. Dr. Hu's seminal work in nanofabrication has included high-resolution patterning and high-resolution etching of circuits onto nanoscale materials.  She has also developed biological approaches to nanotechnology, using biological assembly pathways to control the composition and structure of novel devices.  Some of her research ideas led to her co-founding of Cambridge, Mass.-based Cambrios Technology, a start-up that is developing new, cost-effective materials of importance for electronic device applications. At UCSB, she has led the Institute for Quantum Engineering, Science and Technology, the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Quantized Electronic Structures and Center for Robotic Systems in Microelectronics, and the UCSB component of the NSF National Nanofabrication Users Network.  Dr. Hu's honors include election as a fellow of the IEEE, formerly the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1994), the American Physical Society (1995), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998).  Dr. Hu was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008.




Date: November 11, 2010
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Rockefeller Hall (Physics) 301


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