Sam Kassegne holds a Ph.D. degree in engineering mechanics from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interests are in
the areas of MEMS, polymer photovoltaic technology, bio-nanoelectronics,
and integrated micro- and nano-fabrication technologies. His lab has a strong
focus on developing the next generation of integrated micro- and nano-lithography
technology for a variety of application areas.
Dr. Kassegne has an extensive industrial experience in MEMS, biotech and computational sciences acquired through his employment at Nanogen, Microfabrica and Bentley Systems in Southern California. He also has consulted for the following companies: Corning/Intellisense, SAIC, Nevada Nanotech, OxyHeal, ERC, OmniTech, KeyMark Engineering, Game Changers, Cooley LLP, and Nokia.
Further, as evidenced by the breadth and depth of his publication records and the companies he has consulted for, Dr. Kassegne has a unique engineering background that spans a variety of engineering disciplines.
Dr. Kassegne's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, DoE, DoD (SPAWAR), San Diego Foundation, Amco (Korea), and others.
We are a research group in the mechanical engineering department of San Diego State University in southern California. Our team includes mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineers as well as bioengineers. Our research areas include MEMS, micro- and nano-fabrication, bio-nanoelectronics, microfluidics/nanofluidics, polymer-based photovoltaic technology, and computational sciences. Our group collaborates with researchers at our institution and other national MEMS programs (including the various academic and industrial groups that spun-off the core Nanogen technology). We also have an active international program involving seminars and exchange vists. Our extended class 100 cleanroom facility (1600 sq. ft.) is equipped for most lithography processes including metal depositions, plasma etching, as well as characterizations including 0.25 micron resolution deep UV lithography capability with Micrascan III step and scan litho system. We also have a brand new 400 sq.ft. organic solar processing, packaging and testing facility.
Polymer Solar Cell Group (link)
We are working on innovative hierarchical micro- and nano-fabrication technologies. One approach we are pursuing is IMN-litho (Integrated Micro/nano) lithography that shows promise in machining chips with both micro and nano features on the same substrate. Potential applications include bio-chips, sensors, microfluidic chips, and microarrays with a hierarchy of feature sizes starting from nanometer-level to sub-micron, micron and sub-mm interface to the outside world.(V) Computational Group
We have very active research in (i) computational electrochemsitry for micro- and nano-electrochemical systems, and (ii) computational photovoltaics to drive our experimental work in organic PV technology. Our work in electrochemistry of micro- and sub-micron systems has resulted in a number of publications.
Our paper on organic solar cell published in JMM is selected as 'Highlights of 2012'.
Our Lab wins a research cooperative agreement contract with SPAWAR Systems Center San Diego (SSC Pacific). April/May 2013.
MEMS Lab is part of $18.5 million NSF ERC on sensorimotor neural engineering. Our partner institutions are University of Washington and MIT. Dr. Kassegne is Thrust Leader.
Shanel Miller, Beejal Mehta, Mihir Parikh, Mieko Hirabayashi, and Kadir Toksoy win a DOE-sponsored renewable energy fellowship.
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