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Irish Eyes Are Smiling at Expanded Opportunities for Collaboration

Nina Welding • DATE: April 14, 2014

The College of Engineering recently hosted a collaborative workshop with several faculty from the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. Established in 2004, Tyndall is the premiere national research institute in the field of information technology in Ireland.

According to Wolfgang Porod, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano), the April 4 workshop built on a similar event held at the Tyndall National Institute in July 2013.

The purpose of the workshop was to identify opportunities for collaboration between ND and Tyndall, especially in the context of existing collaborative funding opportunities between the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

The workshop was organized by Notre Dame’s James Merz, the Frank M. Freimann Professor Emeritus of Engineering, and Peter Kilpatrick, the McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering, with the assistance of Porod. Merz has served on the Tyndall Board of Directors since its founding. Recognizing the strong overlap between the capabilities and interests of Tyndall and the research on electronic materials and devices in engineering at Notre Dame, he encouraged collaboration between the two groups.

The day’s agenda started with a Mass at the Holy Cross Chapel in Stinson-Remick Hall, followed by breakfast and opening remarks from Kilpatrick and from Kieran Drain, chief executive officer of the institute. Several faculty members then gave presentations on their research.

Following lunch and a campus tour, the ND and Tyndall faculty formed breakout groups on the topics of transistors, nitride materials, optoelectronics, nanomagnets, nanoantennas, lab-on-a-chip technology, and wireless communications to further discuss research directions and determine potential collaborations between the two institutions.

As a result of the workshop, several concrete avenues of collaboration were identified, which synergistically leverage core competencies of each institution. These emerging collaborations will also provide opportunities for student exchanges between Notre Dame and Ireland.

Other faculty participating in the workshop:
Tyndall National Institute
Ray Duffy, Senior Research Scientist
Paul Galvin, Head of Life Science Interface
Jim Greer, Head of Graduate Studies/Professor
Michael Hayes, Wireless Sensing Systems
Paul Hurley, Head of Group – The Nanoelectronic Materials & Devices Group
Alan Mathewson, Head of Heterogeneous Systems Integration Group
Peter Parbrook, Stokes Professor of Nitride Materials
Emanuele Pelucchi, Head of Epitaxy and Physics of Nanostructures
Michael Walsh, Wireless Sensing Systems
Domenico Zito, Stokes Lecturer in Microelectronic Engineering, Head of Marconi
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University of Notre Dame, College of Engineering
Gary Bernstein, Professor, Electrical Engineering
Hsueh-Chia Chang, Bayer Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Patrick Fay, Professor, Electrical Engineering
Susan Fullerton, Research Assistant Professor, NDnano
Douglas Hall, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Anthony Hoffman, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Scott Howard, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Debdeep Jena, Professor, Electrical Engineering
J. Nicholas Laneman, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Alexander Mintairov, Research Professor, Electrical Engineering
Alan Seabaugh, Professor, Electrical Engineering
Greg Snider, Professor, Electrical Engineering
Aaron Striegel, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Grace Xing, Professor, Electrical Engineering