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Ralf Bandorf

born 1973, studied Physics at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen/Nuremberg, Germany and received his diploma in 1998. His work focused on preparation of metastable ironsilicides and phase characterization by LEED. In 1998 he joined Fraunhofer IST for his PhD thesis. Ralf Bandorf received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 from Fraunhofer IST / Carolo-Wilhelmina Technical University Braunschweig, Germany. His thesis focused on sub-micron tribloogical coatings for electromagnetic microactuators. Ralf continued at Fraunhofer IST as a scientist, specifically as Project leader in Group Micro and Sensor Technology with a Focus on PVD and PACVD coatings. He worked in the field of plastic metallization for flexible circuits, piezoresistive materials (especially based on DLC), electrical conductive and insulating coatings as well as magnetic thin films. In 2007, he became Head of Group “Sensoric Functional Coatings” and since 2015 he has been Head in Group “PACVD and hybrid processes” at Fraunhofer IST. His focus is on PACVD with different excitation, plasma sources, hollow cathode processes, especially gas flow sputtering, and HIPIMS.

Ralf Bandorf is internationally recognized expert in the field of HIPIMS. He was session chair of the HIPIMS session at ICMCTF, US from 2009-2012. He has served as assistant TAC Chair at the Society of Vacuum Coaters since 2009. Ralf is the conference Chairman of the International Conference on Fundamentals and Applications of HIPIMS and Action Chair of the COST Action MP0804: Highly ionized pulse plasma processes (HIPP processes, 2009-2013), a European scientific networking activity gathering experts worldwide in the field of HIPP plasmas, especially HIPIMS.

Ralf Bandorf is the instructor for the following courses:
C-338 Application of Reactive Sputtering
C-343 From Basic Aspects to Industrial Components and Applications in HIPIMS Technology
C-333 Practice and Applications of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering






Hana Baránková

is Professor at the Uppsala University and Research leader of the Plasma group at the Angstrom Laboratory. She is manager/director of several energy related projects/centers. She received her PhD in Electronics and Vacuum Technique from the Czech Academy of Science. Her primary interests are development of plasma sources and processes, innovation in coating technology, and plasma treatment of surfaces, gases and liquids. She has published over 160 scientific papers and conference contributions and holds several industrial patents on plasma systems. She is an inventor of metastable assisted deposition and co-inventor of the Linear Arc Discharge (LAD) source, the Magnets-in-Motion concept in plasma sources and Fused Hollow Cathode and Hybrid Hollow Electrode Activated Discharge (H-HEAD) cold atmospheric plasma sources. Hana Baránková has been serving 6 years on the SVC Board of Directors, and as TAC Chair of Emerging Technologies and organizer of Atmospheric Plasma Technologies session over the years. She is Secretary of SVC, Chair of the Student Sponsorship Committee, TAC Chair of the Coatings for Biomedical and Environmental Applications, co-organizer of Heuréka sessions and member of the Education, Strategic Planning and International Relations, Committees. Hana is 2006 Mentor Award recipient for the development of numerous novel plasma sources. She acts as a consultant and is a co-founder of two companies, BB Plasma HB and BB Plasma Design AB.

Hana Baránková is the instructor for the following courses:
C-324 Atmospheric Plasma Technologies (half day)
C-210 Introduction to Plasma Processing Technology
C-306 Non-Conventional Plasma Sources and Methods in Processing Technology






Ladislav Bárdos

is Professor at Uppsala University in Sweden and Research leader of the Plasma group at the Angstrom laboratory. He received his PhD in 1978 from the Czech Acad. Sci. and a Doctor of Science degree from Charles University in Prague in 1995. In 1984 he was awarded the Czechoslovak State Prize for outstanding research results in the plasma deposition of thin films. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of applied plasma physics and thin films. He has published over 200 scientific papers and conference contributions, designed several plasma sources for industry and has 15 Czech, 7 Swedish and several international patents. He runs a consulting company in plasma sources and processing technology. His primary interests are microwave plasmas, including downstream ECR and surface-wave generation, and particularly the radio frequency generated hollow cathodes and hybrid sources at both low and atmospheric pressures. Lad Bardos is Program Chair for 2009 and 2010 SVC TechCons, is currently serving on the SVC Board of Directors and is TAC chair of a special session Heuréka at the SVC TechCon and a member of the SVC Publications and Strategic Planning Committees.

Ladislav Bárdos is the instructor for the following courses:
C-306 Non-Conventional Plasma Sources and Methods in Processing Technology
C-210 Introduction to Plasma Processing Technology
C-324 Atmospheric Plasma Technologies (half day)






Abe Belkind

has 15 years of research and development experience in industry and more than 30 years in academia. From 1981 to 1996 he was a Lead Scientist for BOC Coating Technology, where he investigated and developed vacuum and plasma technologies for the deposition of thin film coatings. From 1996 to 2005, he was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering and later in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. In 1997, he created a successful consulting company, now called A. Belkind & Associates, LLC. He is an expert in various technologies for depositing and designing metal alloy, oxide, carbide, nitride and other thin films; plasma surface cleaning and treatment; and methods of film analysis. He has received 10 patents, published a book, and written more than 100 technical papers. Dr. Belkind is the recipient of a BOC Group Technology award and two awards from the Latvian Academy of Science.

Abe Belkind is the instructor for the following courses:
C-207 Evaporation as a Deposition Process






Clark Bright

was a Senior Staff Scientist and Group Technical Leader with 3M Corporate Research Laboratory before he retired in December 2012 to form a consulting practice – Bright Thin Film Solutions, LLC. At 3M he developed roll coated, vacuum deposited multilayer organic and inorganic thin film products for optical, conductive and barrier applications. Previously, he was Vice President at Presstek, Inc., and Delta V Technology subsidiary, where he directed the R&D of transparent conductive oxides, barrier coatings and polymer multilayer (PML) technology. While Director of Product Development at Southwall Technologies, he led teams developing sputter deposited transparent low e and solar control coatings, transparent conductive metal and oxide coatings, and durable conductive (ITO) multilayer antireflection coatings on plastic film. He served 12 years on the Board of Directors, and was President of Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC). In 2009, he received the SVC Mentor Award, and the Nathaniel Sugerman Award in 2012. He has presented and published numerous papers on optical coatings including book chapters on transparent conductors in “Transparent Electronics: From Synthesis to Applications” (Wiley, 2010) and “Optical Thin Films and Coatings from Materials to Applications” (Woodhouse, 2013). He holds 27 U.S. patents in the field.

Clark Bright is the instructor for the following courses:
C-304 ITO and Other Transparent Conductive Coatings: Fundamentals, Deposition, Properties, and Applications
C-337 ITO and Alternative TCO: From Fundamentals to Controlling Properties
C-332 Zinc Oxide-Based and Other TCO Alternatives to ITO: Materials, Deposition, Properties and Applications






Tom Christensen

Tom Christensen is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He received his B.S. in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Cornell University. After several years at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque he joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1989 where he has served as Department Chair, Dean and Provost. He has worked with vacuum technology, thin film technology and surface characterization since 1980 and has taught local AVS or SVC short courses since 1992.

Tom Christensen is the instructor for the following courses:
C-322 Characterization of Thick Films, Thin Films, and Surfaces






Dr. Gary Doll

Gary Doll is the Timken Professor of Surface Engineering at the University of Akron. Prior to joining the University of Akron, Dr. Doll was the Chief Technologist of Tribology at the Timken Company, and Staff Scientist of Physics for General Motors Research Laboratories. Dr. Doll was elected as an ASM Fellow in 2009, and as an STLE Fellow in 2016 for his contributions to the field of Surface Engineering. He is a member of the SVC, STLE, ASME, and the ASM International organizations, and is an associate editor for Tribology Transactions. In 2016, he was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Over his career, Dr. Doll has published over 300 articles and book chapters, edited numerous proceedings, and received more than 25 US Patents.

Dr. Gary Doll is the instructor for the following courses:
C-329 Properties and Applications of Tribological Coatings (full day)






Arutiun P. Ehiasarian

joined the Nanotechnology Centre for PVD Research at Sheffield Hallam University, UK in 1998 where he obtained his PhD in Plasma Science and Surface Engineering. His research within NTCPVD has concentrated on development of plasma PVD technologies for substrate pretreatment prior to coating deposition to improve adhesion, deposition of coatings with dense microstructure, low-pressure plasma nitriding and hybrid processes of plasma nitriding/coating deposition. He has experience with cathodic vacuum arc discharges, dc and pulsed magnetron discharges, and radio-frequency coil enhanced magnetron sputtering. He utilizes plasma diagnostics such as optical emission spectroscopy (OES), electrostatic probes, energy-resolved mass spectroscopy and atomic absorption spectroscopy. Materials characterization includes high-resolution TEM, STEM, STEM-EDS, SEM, and XRD as well as mechanical testing available at NTCPVD. Arutiun is one of the pioneers of high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) technology and his work in the field has been acknowledged with the R.F. Bunshah Award (2002), the TecVac Prize (2002) and the Hüttinger Industrial Accolade. In 2011 he received the AVS Peter Mark Memorial Award as a top young investigator, and in  2012 he received the SVC Mentor Award. He is an author of more than 50 publications, 10 invited lectures, 3 patents and 1 book chapter in the field of PVD and HIPIMS.

Arutiun P. Ehiasarian is the instructor for the following courses:
C-323 HIPIMS
C-333 Practice and Applications of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering






John Fahlteich

born 1981, graduated from the University of Leipzig with a diploma in physics in 2005. In 2010, he earned a PhD from the Technical University of Chemnitz with a thesis about a detailed characterization of vacuum deposited permeation barrier layers. In total he has now 9 years of experience in the field of permeation barriers and encapsulation of flexible electronics. John is currently working as senior scientist and expert for permeation barriers at Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP. Up to today he published over 30 papers, conference contributions and patents as well as one book chapter in the field. He represents the Fraunhofer FEP as leading member in several organizations dealing with flexible electronics encapsulation such as the organic-electronics association and the Flexible Electronics Encapsulation Technologies Cluster in Dresden, Germany.

John Fahlteich is the instructor for the following courses:
C-336 Transparent Gas Permeation Barriers on Flexible Substrates






Holger Gerdes

graduated from the Technical University in Braunschweig with a diploma in Physics in 2004. Afterwards, he was Research Fellow at the Institute of Micro Production Technology (IMPT) at the Leibniz University, Hannover. Since 2008, Holger has worked as a project leader in the group “Highly Ionized Plasmas and PECVD” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST. One of his main topics is the development of reactive processes especially in combination with HIPIMS (High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering).

Holger Gerdes is the instructor for the following courses:
C-338 Application of Reactive Sputtering






Timothy Gessert

Timothy Gessertis the Principal and Managing Member of Gessert Consulting, LLC, and Adjunct Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago. Tim is also a retired Principal Scientist, formerly at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. He received degrees in physics from University of Wisconsin-River Falls (B.Sc.), Colorado School of Mines (M.Sc.), and University of Wales - College of Cardiff (Ph.D). His 30+ years of research at NREL included leading the Device Development and Fabrication Team, and the Thin-Film Photovoltaic Devices Research Group. Research activities have included development of vacuum and photolithographic processes, transparent-conducting oxides, photovoltaic absorber layers, and related electrical contacts. His present research is directed at understanding how choices in processes and device design affect the ultimate performance, stability, and other application aspects of polycrystalline and crystalline photovoltaic devices. Tim has more than 240 publications, more than 10 issued US Patents, is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, and serves as Associate Editor for the journal Thin Solid Films.

Timothy Gessert is the instructor for the following courses:
V-212 Vacuum System Design
C-342 Thin Film Photovoltaic Solar Cells
V-209 Fundamentals of Vacuum Technology and Vacuum Gauging
V-210 Pumps Used in Vacuum Technology
V-211 Vacuum Hardware and Vacuum Leak Detection






David A. Glocker

founded Isoflux Incorporated, a manufacturer of magnetron equipment, in 1993. He has more than 30 years’ experience in thin film research, development, and manufacturing and has taken a number of new processes from laboratory-scale feasibility studies through successful production. He is an inventor or co-inventor of 31 U.S. patents and an author of more than 30 research papers in the areas of sputter source design, plasmas and plasma characteristics, sources of substrate heating in sputtering, and the control of sputtering processes and sputtered film properties. He also is the co-editor of The Handbook of Thin Film Process Technology, a major reference work in the field.

David A. Glocker is the instructor for the following courses:
C-208A Sputter Deposition for Aerospace Applications






Jeremy M. Grace

is currently a senior filter design engineer at Semrock, Inc. where he is working in the area of thin-film interference filters for life sciences and other applications. Prior to his position at Semrock, he was a senior principal scientist at the Eastman Kodak company, where he worked in the areas of plasma surface modification, thin-film adhesion, sputter deposition, and organic vapor deposition. He has written several patents and journal articles in the area of plasma modification of polymers. He is a member of the Society of Vacuum Coaters and the American Vacuum Society, and served as chair of the Upstate New York Chapter of the AVS (UNY-VAC) from 1998-2000.

Jeremy M. Grace is the instructor for the following courses:
C-314 Plasma Modification of Polymer Materials and Plasma Web Treatment






Joe Greene

is the D.B. Willett Professor of Materials Science and Physics, the Tage Erlander Professor of Materials Physics at Linkoping University, a Chaired Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Techology, and Past Director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois. The focus of his research has been the development of an atomic-level understanding of adatom/surface interactions during vapor-phase film growth in order to controllably manipulate microchemistry, microstructure, and physical properties. His work has involved film growth by all forms of sputter deposition (MBE, CVD, MOCVD, and ALE). He was President of the American Vacuum Society in 1989, a consultant for several research and development laboratories, and a visiting professor at several universities. Recent awards include receipt of the Aristotle Award from SRC (1998), the Adler Award from the American Physical Society (1998), Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (1993) and the American Physical Society (1998), the Turnbull Prize from the Materials Research Society (1999), Fellow of the Materials Research Society (2013), and the Mentor Award from SVC (2015). He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2003 and is the Editor-in-Chief of Thin Solid Films.

Joe Greene is the instructor for the following courses:
C-318 Nanostructures: Strategies for Self-Organized Growth (half-day)
C-203 Sputter Deposition (two – day course)
C-311 Thin to Thick Films: Growth and Microstructure Evolution
C-315 Reactive Sputter Deposition
C-317 Reactive Sputter Deposition






Lars Haubold

Lars Haubold is the instructor for the following courses:
C-320 Diamond Like Cardon Coatings-From Basics to Industrial Realization






James N. Hilfiker

graduated from the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Nebraska in 1995, where he studied under John Woollam. His graduate research involved in-situ ellipsometry applied to both sputter-deposition and electrochemical reactions, and optical characterization of magneto-optic thin films. He joined the J.A. Woollam Company upon graduation, where his research has focused on new applications of ellipsometry, including characterization of anisotropic materials, liquid crystal films, thin film photovoltaics, and Mueller matrix optical characterization. He has authored over 50 technical articles involving ellipsometry, including Encyclopedia articles and four book chapters on topics as varied as Vacuum Ultraviolet Ellipsometry, In-Situ Spectroscopic, and Dielectric Function Modeling. In 2015, James co-authored a book titled “Spectroscopic Ellipsometry: Practical Application to Thin Film Characterization."

James N. Hilfiker is the instructor for the following courses:
M-102 Introduction to Ellipsometry






Manuela Junghähnel

is a senior scientist with more than fifteen years of experience in development of sputtering processes, thin-film technology and new materials for large-area applications in the Division of Coating on Flat Substrates at Fraunhofer FEP, Dresden, Germany. She has a Doctor of Engineering in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, with research topics focused on pilot scale vacuum coatings on non-flexible and flexible glass, upscaling of processes, development of sputtering processes for high rate deposition on large size substrates, magnetron sputtering, metal and reactive processes, fabrication and development of functional layers and layer stacks, antireflective or antireflective antistatic coatings (AR, ARAS), transparent conductors (TCOs, silver based), infrared blockers (Low-E, EMI filter), heat-resistant layers, mirror coatings, other optical coatings, refinement of thin films by ultra-fast thermal annealing, flash lamp annealing (FLA). She is the Emerging Technologies TAC Co-Chair for the Society of Vacuum Coaters TechCon and is a Board Member of the International Conference on Coatings on Glass and Plastics ICCG.

Manuela Junghähnel is the instructor for the following courses:
C-341 Processing on Flexible Glass - Challenges and Opportunities






Dr. Martin Keunecke

Martin Keunecke joined in the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST) in Braunschweig, Germany in 1998, after university studies in physics and mechanical engineering. He completed his thesis on the development and application tests of tool coatings 2007.

He is responsible for new coating and process development with PVD and PECVD technologies and other surface treatment technologies in the field of friction reduction, hard and wear resistant coatings for tools and components for industrial applications, e.g. diamond-like carbon coatings for automotive applications.

From 2012 till 2015 Martin Keunecke was the head of the department “New Tribological Coatings” at the Fraunhofer IST. Since 2016 he is the head of the group “Tribological Systems” in the “Center for Tribological Coatings” at the Fraunhofer IST.

Dr. Martin Keunecke is the instructor for the following courses:
C-320 Diamond Like Cardon Coatings-From Basics to Industrial Realization






Robert (Bob) A. Langley

retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1994 and Sandia National Laboratories in 1999. He has performed research in the fields of atomic and molecular physics, solid state physics, material science, vacuum science and technology, upper atmospheric phenomena, fusion power, and high-energy accelerators and published over 130 scientific papers. He is associate editor of Vacuum Technology and Coating magazine, teaches vacuum related courses for American Vacuum Society and Society of Vacuum Coaters, served on the Board of Directors of the AVS, served as Chairman of the AVS and the IUVSTA Plasma Science Divisions, and consults on vacuum science and technology, and microwave material processing.

Robert (Bob) A. Langley is the instructor for the following courses:
V-208 Basic Ananlysis of Mass Spectrometer Spectra
V-207 Operation and Maintenance of Production Vacuum Systems






Dr. Allan Matthews

Allan Matthews is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is Professor of Surface Engineering and Tribology in the School of Materials at the University of Manchester, UK. He is also Director of the BP-sponsored International Centre for Advanced Materials (ICAM). He spent his early career in the aerospace industry and carried out research into ion plating processes at the University of Salford before moving to the University of Hull, where he built up the Research Centre in Surface Engineering as Director for over 20 years. He moved the Centre to the University of Sheffield in 2003 and then to Manchester in 2016. His group researches plasma assisted processes, mostly for tribological coatings and diffusion treatments. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Surface and Coatings Technology, a former member of the SVC Board of Directors and a former Chair of the British Vacuum Council and the AVS Advanced Surface Engineering Division Executive Committee.

Dr. Allan Matthews is the instructor for the following courses:
C-329 Properties and Applications of Tribological Coatings (full day)
C-308 Tribological Coatings






Donald J. McClure

founded Acuity Consulting and Training to continue his love affair with vacuum coating and vacuum web coating in particular. Don retired from 3M's Corporate Research Laboratory after spending twenty five years working on a broad range of products and projects that utilized vacuum roll coating and processing. He served the Society of Vacuum Coaters in many roles including President and Secretary. He has offered his courses on the "Basics of Vacuum Web Coating" and "Sputter Deposition onto Flexible Substrates" for many years. His presentation, "A Wizard's Guide to Vacuum and Vacuum Coating," has received rave reviews from attendees. He was the SVC's 2004 Nathaniel Sugerman Award recipient.

Donald J. McClure is the instructor for the following courses:
C-211 Sputter Deposition onto Flexible Substrates
C-204 Basics of Vacuum Web Coating






Dr. Mike Miller

Mike Miller is Test and Process Engineering Manager at Angstrom Engineering Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario. He received his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Windsor in 2009 and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Windsor in 2012. After graduation, Miller founded Substrata Thin Film Solutions Inc and began teaching Undergraduate Chemistry in 2014.

Dr. Mike Miller is the instructor for the following courses:
C-212 Troubleshooting for Thin Film Deposition Processes






Holger Nörenberg is founder and Managing Director of Technolox Ltd., which specializes in novel permeation measurement equipment. During his time as Academic Director of Research at the University of Oxford, Oxford-Toppan Center, he was responsible for the development of permeation measurement equipment. He has a physics degree from the University of Rostock and worked in Germany, Japan and the UK. He has about 50 scientific and technical publication as well as several patent applications.

Holger Nörenberg is the instructor for the following courses:
C-313 Practical Aspects of Permeation Measurement: From Polymer Films to Ultra-high Barriers (half-day)






John F. O’Hanlon

is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Arizona. He retired from IBM Research Division in 1987, where he was involved in thin-film deposition, vacuum processing, and display technology. He retired from UA in 2002, where he directed the NSF Ind./Univ. Center for Microcontamination Control. His research focused on particles in plasmas, cleanrooms, and ultrapure water contamination. He is the author of A User’s Guide to Vacuum Technology, 3rd edition. (John Wiley & Sons, 2003).

John F. O’Hanlon is the instructor for the following courses:
V-202 Vacuum System Gas Analysis
V-203 Residual Gas Analyzers and Analysis
V-201 High Vacuum Systems and their Operation
V-204 Vacuum Systems Materials and Operations






Jim Oliver

is founder and owner of Vacuum Innovations, LLC and is a research engineer at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics.  A graduate of the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics, his work has focused on process design and modeling for precision evaporated coatings.  Thin-film uniformity control is of particular interest, having developed advanced distribution models and planetary rotation systems.  He also teaches optical coating design at the Institute of Optics as well as at the Institute’s annual thin film summer school program. 

Jim Oliver is the instructor for the following courses:
C-334 Manufacture of Precision Evaporative Coatings (full-day version of C-326)
C-326 Manufacture of Precision Evaporated Coatings






Robert Sargent

received his BA in Physics from UC Berkeley and his PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona. He has 30 years of experience in optical coatings, including 10 years with Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. and 15 years with Viavi Solutions (formerly JDSU). His industrial experience has included the development of deposition processes and filter designs for applications such as aerospace, biomedical instrumentation, and fiber-optic telecommunications. He currently leads an R&D team at Viavi Solutions developing new optical coating products, serves on the SVC Optical Technical Advisory Committee, and is a member of the SVC Board of Directors.

Robert Sargent is the instructor for the following courses:
C-205 Introduction to Optical Coating Design






George Savva

obtained his Ph.D. from McMaster University, Canada where he studied ceramic/metal interface structures and diffusion paths related to high temperature oxidation. He has also worked in the area of materials for electrical vehicle batteries. His present position is Engineering Manager for Ionbond North America.

George Savva is the instructor for the following courses:
C-320 Diamond Like Cardon Coatings-From Basics to Industrial Realization






Ulrike Schulz

 received her diploma in physical chemistry in 1986 and her PhD in 1993 from the University of Jena. Since 1997 she is the head of the research group Coating on Plastics at Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena, Germany. She has authored a large number of papers and patents on vacuum coating on plastics and antireflection coatings, among them chapters for the books “Handbook of Plastic Optics” (ed. S. Bäumer) in 2009 and “Optical Thin Films and Coatings” (ed. A. Piegari and F. Flory) in 2013. In 2003 Ulrike Schulz received the “Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize” of the Fraunhofer Society for the development of hard antireflective coatings for plastics. For her research about plasma etching of polymers she awarded the “Research Prize” of Thuringia in 2011.

Ulrike Schulz is the instructor for the following courses:
C-340 Plastic Optics - Coatings and Antireflective Structures






S. Ismat Shah

graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986 from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  He worked for the DuPont Company as senior Staff Scientist for 12 years before joining the University of Delaware in 1999, where he has a joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  He has been involved in the field of thin films and nanostructured materials for 22 years.  He has over 174 publications in the field and six patents awarded.  He is the Chair of the SVC Education Committee.  He teaches the first on-line course offered by the SVC, in collaboration with the University of Delaware, on Vapor Deposition Processes.

S. Ismat Shah is the instructor for the following courses:
C-103 An Introduction to Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Processes






Volker Sittinger

is a senior scientist at Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST) in the Large Area Coating department. He works on magnetron sputtering for photovoltaic applications. Formerly he was a scientific assistant at the Institute of Solar Energy Research GmbH (ISFH). Volker Sittinger received his doctoral degree in optical and electrical characterisation of electrodeposited CuInSe2 solar cells from the University of Oldenburg in 2003 and studied physics at the University of Karlsruhe.

Volker Sittinger is the instructor for the following courses:
C-330 Introduction to Thin Film Photovoltaic Technologies (half day)






Dr. Christian Stein

Christian Stein is a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films in Braunschweig, Germany. He studied physics at the Philipps-University Marburg and graduated in 2008 with a diploma thesis on surface science. Fascinated in transferring research results to application, he completed his doctoral thesis on the development of tool coatings at the Technical University Braunschweig in 2015. His main research interests are hard and wear resistant multifunctional coatings for industrial tools and components and their deposition by PVD and PECVD processes.

Dr. Christian Stein is the instructor for the following courses:
C-320 Diamond Like Cardon Coatings-From Basics to Industrial Realization






Aryasomayajula Subrahmanyam (Manu)

graduated from the Physics Department of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur in 1980. Joined the Physics Department, IIT Madras in 1982. As a Humboldt Fellow at University of Erlangen, Germany, he has worked on silicon solar cells (1989). Has established a laboratory for metal oxide thin films and surface engineering. Over the past ten years, his research efforts are on bio-medical engineering including the development of lung assist devices (using the principles of photocatalysis) and on early warning systems in mechanical heart valve failures (executed an Indo – European project on mechanical heart valves). Has designed and developed Kelvin probe equipment for surface engineering and authored the first book. Has six patents. His teaching experience spans over 30 years (DAAD Professor at TU Dresden, Germany).

Aryasomayajula Subrahmanyam (Manu) is the instructor for the following courses:
C-339 Mechanical Heart Valve Thrombosis: An Introduction and Review (half day)






Gary Vergason founded Vergason Technology, Inc., in 1986 and has been working with and designing industrial vacuum arc equipment since 1981. His production equipment design experience is reflected in Multi-Arc and Perkin-Elmer coating systems as well as enhanced upgrades on Vac-Tech systems. He is an inventor/co-inventor of five vacuum arc related patents and has performed considerable research in the area of arc travel speed on the cathode as it relates to improved coating quality.

Gary Vergason is the instructor for the following courses:
C-307 Cathodic Arc Plasma Deposition






Ronald R. Willey

graduated from the MIT in optical instrumentation, has an M.S. from FIT, and over 40 years of experience in optical system and coating development and production. He is very experienced in practical thin films design, process development, and the application of industrial Design of Experiments methodology. He is the inventor of a robust plasma/ion source for optical coating applications. He worked in optical instrument development and production at Perkin-Elmer and Block Associates. He developed automatic lens design programs at United Aircraft Research Laboratories. He formed Willey Corporation in 1964 and served a wide variety of clients with consulting, development, prototypes, and production. In 1981 he joined Martin Marietta Aerospace and was Director of the Optical Component Center where he was responsible for optical fabrication, coating, and assembly. He joined Opto Mechanik in 1985 where he was responsible for the development of all new technologies, new instruments, and production engineering. He was a Staff Scientist at Hughes Danbury Optical Systems. He holds four patents and has published many papers on optical coating design and production, optical design, and economics of optical tolerances. He has published books on optical thin film coating design and production since 1996. His recent books are “Practical Design of Optical Thin Films”, 4th Ed. (2014) and “Practical Production of Optical Thin Films,” 2nd Ed. (2012) He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and SPIE and a past Director of the Society of Vacuum Coaters. He now is a consultant in the above-listed technical and forensic areas. Here he is concentrating on teaching optical thin film design and production, and also aiding clients in process development and improvement.

Ronald R. Willey is the instructor for the following courses:
C-216 Practical Design of Optical Thin Films
C-217 Practical Production of Optical Thin Films
C-218 Advanced Design of Optical Thin Films






Brian Willis

is a professor of Chemical Engineering in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories prior to entering academia. He has been teaching for 15 years in areas including reactor design, reaction kinetics, surface science, electronic materials and heterogeneous catalysts. His research is in the area of atomic layer deposition (ALD) applied to nanotechnology, a.k.a. "Engineering when Nanometers Count." He is the author of more than 40 original research articles on topics related to ALD.

Brian Willis is the instructor for the following courses:
C-316 Introduction to Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Processes, Chemistries, and Applications






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