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Fall 2012 Workshop: The Craft of Micro and Nanotechnology

Please join us for an afternoon of tutorials and networking.  Learn how to make microfluidic devices from paper, program and Arduino, do your own rapid prototyping, and more – the choice is yours.  The event will feature lunch with a keynote address, followed by two, seventy minute class sessions. Three parallel courses are offered during each time slot. We’ll finish with networking and happy hour.


Date: November 6, 2012

Location: JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center, Laurel, MD

Time: 12 – 5pm 

Keynote: “Paving a Golden Road from Development to Production: Seamless Transfer of MEMS from Lab to Foundry”

Buzz Hardy – Business Development Manager at MEMSCAP,


Scheduled courses include:

Price: $100 Regular (additional $50 materials fee for Arduino course, additional info) $50 students (additional $50 materials fee for Arduino course, additional info) (* $50 materials fee may be waived for participants providing their own Arduino boards and components; contact firebaug -at- to coordinate*)


11:30-12:00pm – Registration and Networking

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch with Keynote Speaker Buzz Hardy

“Paving a Golden Road from Development to Production: Seamless Transfer of MEMS from Lab to Foundry”

1:00-2:10pm – Session #1

1A: Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design and fabrication

1B: FAB: How Digital Fabrication is Changing What We Make

1C: Designing for MUMPS

2:20-3:30pm – Session #2

2A: A Hands-On Introduction to Arduino

2B: Rapid Prototyping of Microfluidic Devices using Tape

2C: Desktop manufacturing with MakerBot

3:45-5:00pm – Networking and Happy Hour

Course Descriptions

1A. Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design and fabrication

Dr. Francisco Tejada, Sensing Machines

Abstract Printed circuit boards (PCBs) have a wide range of applications from small DIY projects to test platforms to product development. PCBs can be designed and fabricated with a number of tools and methods. This course covers the entire PCB design flow from circuit implementation to populating the board. First, the design of the board will be covered using both free and commercial design tools. Second, fabrication methods will be discussed, covering both DIY fabrication and 3rd party fabrication. Lastly, tips and tricks for populating the board will be covered.

Instructor Bio Dr. Francisco Tejada is the President of Sensing Machines, a hardware consulting company based in Baltimore MD. Francisco received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 2006. His dissertation was entitled “Silicon on Insulator CMOS and Microelectromechanical Systems: Mechanical Devices, Sensing Techniques and System Electronics;” it focused on the development of MEMS sensors and optical transduction schemes based in CMOS integrated circuits and their supporting electronics. Francisco’s work experience includes the design, fabrication, and testing of integrated circuits, printed circuit boards, and MEMS for a wide range of applications. He has experience with various analog, digital and mixed signal circuits and systems.

1B. FAB: How Digital Fabrication is Changing What We Make

Kelly Zona, CCBC Fab Lab

Abstract The tools of digital fabrication are not simply making it easier to make things, they are actually changing what we make. Through the use of computational design, taking cues from biology, digital fabrication is influencing every aspect of our designs, from form, to performance, to strategies for production, assembly, growth, distribution, all the way down to the very matter that we build from.

Instructor Bio Kelly Zona holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from SUNY Buffalo and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University. She currently runs Fab Lab Baltimore, a digital fabrication lab that is part of the International MIT Fab Lab Network.

1C. Designing for MUMPS

Buzz Hardy, MEMSCAP, Inc.

Abstract This tutorial will give an overview of how to use the MUMPS family of MEMS manufacturing processes that are available through MEMSCAP at their research facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, which is the longest-running commercial MEMS foundry in the industry.

Instructor Bio Buzz Hardy is a Business Development Manager for MEMSCAP and has been instrumental in the growth of MEMS as a field, and particularly in the development of MEMS multi-user processes. He has been involved with the MUMPS process since its beginnings in the nineties.

2A. A Hands-On Introduction to Arduino

Dr. Currie Wooten, USNA – Instructor

Abstract Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform of growing popularity among “hackers”, hobbyists, and researchers. This tutorial session will introduce the participant to Arduino through the construction of a simple embedded system. The course requires an additional materials fee of $50 to cover the cost of a kit containing an Arduino Uno board with peripheral electronics. You are also required to provide your own laptop. Participants will take away their kits with them! If you already have your own Arduino board we can waive the materials fee, but please contact Samara Firebaugh at firebaug -at- to coordinate what you’ll need to bring for the class.

Instructor Bio Dr. Wooten is a Professor at the United States Naval Academy, where she holds the PEO/IWS Chairmanship. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1997 from the University or Maryland at College Park. Her interests include biomedical engineering and robotics.

2B. Rapid Prototyping of Microfluidic Devices using Tape

Dr. Javier Atencia, NIST

Abstract Early microfluidic technology borrowed the silicon technology from the IC industry and MEMs. However silicon is not an ideal material to handle liquids at the microscale because of it is opaque and difficult to seal. The rapid growth in research and development of microfluidic devices was triggered by the adoption of an elastomer -PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane) as building material due to its optical transparency at different wavelengths, compliance – which allows to create valves – and sealing capacity. However PDMS has some drawbacks such as its gas permeability, strong non-specific adsorption of molecules and the fact that it still relies on photolithography for patterning.

Here I will present an inexpensive technology for rapid prototyping that uses double-sided tape as building material for microfluidic applications. I will introduce simple protocols to produce different chip configurations fabricated with tape and plastic laminates, including microfluidic valves and 3D thin surfaces with microfluidic functionalities.

Instructor Bio Dr. Javier Atencia received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Navarra, Spain. After a brief incursion in industry he came to USA to work on microfluidics with Prof. David Beebe at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Atencia has been working at the Biochemical Science Division at NIST for the past 7 years, and he also has an appointment as research faculty at the Department of Bioengineering at UMD. His research interests include transport phenomena at the microscale, cellular metrology and development of simple fabrication technologies for microfluidic applications.

2C. Desktop manufacturing with MakerBot

Jeff Osborn, MakerBot Industries

Abstract This course will provide a hands-on introduction to working with MakerBot desktop 3-D printers. This new tool is of growing popularity among “makers”, researchers, and small businesses. It’s also appeared on the Colbert Report.

Instructor Bio Jeff Osborn is the head of sales for MakerBot Industries. Before joining MakerBot he was involved in CNC prortyping and small run manufacturing, angel investing, and earlier had a hand in the development of the commercial internet.

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