Birck Nanotechnology Center

BNC Engineering Staff

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John Weaver
Facility Manager
E-mail: jrweaver@purdue.edu
Phone: 494-5494
Text: john.weaver@vtext.com

John has responsibility for the overall operation of the facility and the equipment that resides in the facility. His principal goal is to enable research and innovation in the BNC, using interactive development of policies and procedures, innovative approaches to processing, and through maximizing the performance and capabilities of the equipment used for research.

John has a B.S. in Chemistry from Adrian College, and 35 years of industrial experience in the design, construction, and operation of cleanrooms and other clean facilities. Beginning his career with RCA Corporation, he has worked for Hughes Aircraft Company and Delphi Electronics and Safety. He has been at Purdue since 2000 on assignment from Delphi and since 2006 as a Purdue employee.

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Mark Voorhis
Building Manager
E-mail: mvoorhis@purdue.edu
Phone: 494-3036

Mark has responsibility for the overall operation of the building and its support systems. This includes everything from the environmental control within the facility to monitoring critical building operations. He also works very closely with the PUPF maintenance organization in overseeing both planned maintenance and repair activities. Mark also is coordinating the move and installation of equipment in the facility. Mark’s principal goal is to make the operation of the facility transparent to the researchers, enabling them to achieve preeminence in their results.

Mark has an A.S. in EET from Purdue, and 23 years of industrial experience in the construction, operation and maintenance of cleanroom facilities. Mark has managed semiconductor process equipment and facility operations in Round Rock, Texas, and Kokomo, Indiana, facilities of DuPont Photomask, Inc. He joined Purdue in 2004.

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Ron Reger
Process and Equipment Manager
E-mail: rreger@purdue.edu
Phone: 494-6667

Ron has overall responsibility for the Process and Equipment Engineering group at the Birck Nanotechnology Center. His principal goal is to ensure that leading edge, state-of-the-art processes and technologies are characterized and available to the researchers within the facility.

Ron has a BS in Physics and Math from Ball State University, and an MS in Physics from Purdue University. He has 30 years of industrial experience at Delphi Electronics and Safety that includes managing wafer fab design & construction, and semiconductor process development. Ron also has held engineering leadership positions in advanced engineering and automotive product design and development. He joined Purdue in 2008.

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Stephen Jurss
Safety Manager
E-mail:sejurss@purdue.edu
Phone: 496-8337
Text: sejurss@vtext.com

Stephen has responsibility for all aspects of safety of the facility. This responsibility includes process gas system surveillance, biological safety, chemical handling safety, and research process oversight. Given the diverse nature of the areas of research, his goal is to implement new and novel approaches related to laboratory safety to accommodate research in an efficient and safe manner.

Stephen has a B.S. in Health Science, specifically in the field of Industrial Hygiene and 23 years of environmental, health, and safety experience. He is currently board certified in both Industrial Hygiene and Safety. Stephen began his career as an OSHA compliance officer with the Indiana Department of Labor, moving to Purdue’s Office of Radiological and Environmental Management (REM) for 20 years. He has been involved with the Birck Nanotechnology Center since its conceptual stages, first on assignment from REM and currently as a member of the BNC staff.

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John Coy
Process and Equipment Owner/Epitaxy, Coral
E-mail:jcoy@purdue.edu
Phone: 494-3480
Text: john.coy@vtext.com

John Coy, Process and Equipment Owner Training, Growth Systems, and AFMs John has overall responsibility for epitaxial growth in the BNC, including the Epigress and Aixtron MOCVD systems. He also works closely with the safety manager on emergency response protocols. His primary goal is to enable high quality crystal growth and characterization in the BNC.

John has a B.S. in Applied Physics from Purdue University. He has 12 years of research experience, working with Prof. David Nolte in physics and currently working with Prof. Mike Capano on silicon carbide research, as well as 4 years experience in equipment and process development. He joined the BNC staff in 2002.

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Geoff Gardner
Process and Equipment Owner / Etching Systems

E-mail: geoff@purdue.edu
Phone: 494-3458
Text: geoff.gardner@vtext.com

Geoff manages the plasma etch and deposition systems and the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems.  His responsibilities include training, maintenance and operation of reactive ion etchers (RIE), Bosch process etchers (DRIE), plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), GaN MBE, and GaAs MBE.  His primary goal is to optimize the performance and availability of these systems, allowing users to successfully achieve their fabrication requirements. 

Geoff has a B.S. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Physics, both from Purdue University. He has over 9 years of research and project management experience in both academic and industrial settings. Prior to joining the BNC team, he served as a Physicist/Engineer for the Purdue Applied Physics Laboratory. He has been with Purdue since 2005.

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Dan Hosler
Process and Equipment Owner/Furnaces
E-mail:dhosler@purdue.edu
Phone: 496-3883

Dan is responsible for the thermal furnace process in the cleanroom. This includes procurement of proper equipment, process development, planned maintenance and repair, and the training of users on the systems. Dan's primary goal is to provide well-working thermal processes to meet the needs of the students.

Dan has a B.S. in MET from Purdue University. He has worked for 9 years in the semiconductor industry at Delphi Electronics and Safety in Kokomo, IN. Dan joined the BNC Staff at Purdue in 2007.

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Jeff Kuhn
Process and Equipment Owner
E-mail:kuhn1@purdue.edu

Jeff is the Facility Engineer and is responsible for many of the BNC facility support systems. Some of his duties include monitoring cleanroom cleanliness, wastewater treatment, exhaust scrubber operation, and creating facilities process documentation.

Jeff has an AAS in MET from Purdue and a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Jeff has over 30 years of industrial experience including 16 years in facilities and maintenance engineering. Jeff began his career at Kawneer Company in 1974. He worked for DuPont Photomasks in Kokomo for eight years and at Alcoa for two years prior to coming to Purdue in 2007.

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Dave Lubelski
Process and Equipment Owner/Metal Deposition, Recharge Center
E-mail:lubelski@purdue.edu
Phone: 494-9102
Text: lubelski@vtext.com

Dave is responsible for metal deposition systems and for management of the recharge center. Dave’s experience in vacuum systems and deposition processes has elevated the performance of the BNC metallization systems. His goal is to enable BNC research through innovative deposition processes and the reduction of contamination in vacuum systems.

Dave has a B.S. in EET from Purdue University, and 22 years experience in UHV system design and maintenance, MBE growth, and metal deposition. Dave joined Purdue University in 1986.

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Aamer Mahmood
Senior Process Scientist – Nanofabrication and Characterization
E-mail: amahmood@purdue.edu
Phone: 494-6697

Aamer is responsible for developing semiconductor and MEMS fabrication processes. He holds additional responsibility of the Electrical Characterization Laboratory. His primary responsibilities are to develop microfabrication processes and to provide microfabrication and characterization services to academic and industrial users.

Aamer has a B.E., an M.S. and a Ph.D. degree  in Electrical Engineering and has more than 15 years of experience in academia and industry. His graduate and professional experience spans the areas of electromagnetic scattering, high gain antenna characterization, development of uncooled infrared sensors, development of a device-level vacuum-packaging scheme for microbolometers and the development of large deflection MEMS actuators. He joined Purdue as a Post Doctoral Researcher in September 2006 and since August 2008 has been working as a Microfab Research Engineer.

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Tim Miller
Process and Equipment Owner/Ultrapure Water, Wet Processing, and Cleanroom Training
E-mail:miller@purdue.edu
Phone: 494-3461
Text: n9dki@vtext.com

Tim is responsible for the Nano-grade Ultrapure water system, Wet Processing/Hoods, and cleanroom training. He draws upon 29 years of experience in research, equipment modification and repair, and laboratory leadership at Purdue. His primary goal is to enable nanotechnology research in the BNC through providing the cleanest water available, termed nano-grade water.

Tim earned a BSEE from Purdue in May of 1979. He has played a key role in the planning and implementation of the BNC since its conception.

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Lisa Reece
Process and Equipment Owner/BNC BioSafety Officer
Email: lreece@purdue.edu
Phone: 496-6786

Lisa is the BNC Biosafety Officer where she provides supervision and training of BNC biolab users.  She is also the Lab Director for the Indiana CTSI (Clinical Translational Sciences Institute) BioNanotechnology Core Facility which encompasses the BioNano Wing (2nd floor east wing of Birck) and the BioAFM laboratories.  She is available for scientific consultation on bionanotechnology, BioMEMS, and BioNEMS projects.  Her goal is to help make the bionanotechnology sections of Birck an integrated set of labs having the best technology and expertise for generating, characterizing, and testing nanomaterials for biomedical research – all within a safe and productive work environment.      

Lisa is currently enrolled in the PhD program in the Dept. of Basic Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine.  She holds a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Texas at El Paso.  Lisa has 4 years of industrial microbiology experience with divisions of Baxter Scientific, Inc., Baltimore Spice Co., and Promega, Inc.   She has over 20 years of academic experience in immunology, oncology, and infectious disease research with UT EL Paso, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and UT Medical Branch.  She joined Purdue in 2005 and the BNC staff in 2006.      

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Bill Rowe
Process and Equipment Owner/e-Beam Lithography
E-mail:wrowe@purdue.edu
Phone: 496-8389
Text: bill.rowe@vtext.com

Bill has the overall responsibility for electron beam lithography in the BNC, including both the Vistec and Raith systems. Bill’s goal is to make the electron beams user friendly and increase their usage for nanotechnology research in the BNC.

Bill has 29 years of mask making experience with Delco Electronics and DuPont Photomasks, Inc. Work experience included optical and electron beam equipment, inspection and metrology equipment, CAD, mask processing, safety, and customer service. Bill joined Purdue and the BNC Engineering Staff in 2007.

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Bill Sheldon
Process and Equipment Owner/Etching Systems
E-mail:wsheldon@purdue.edu
Phone: 496-9189
Text: bill.sheldon@vtext.com

Bill is responsible for plasma etching and CVD in the BNC. His primary goal is to optimize the performance and availability of the plasma systems, allowing users to successfully achieve their fabrication requirements.

Bill has an A.S. EET, B.S. in Robotics and over 20 years of research and development experience with semiconductor and MEMs processes and equipment in an industrial setting. Prior to joining the BNC team in 2009 Bill was an Advanced Development Engineer at Delphi Electronics and Safety.

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Mike Courtney
Process and Equipment Owner/Photolithography
E-mail: mcourtne@purdue.edu

Mike manages the Optical Lithography and mask making processes. His responsibilities include converting research designs to workable photo masks as well as process development, planned maintenance and repair, and training of researchers on all optical lithography equipment.

 

Mike has a B.S. in Electronic Technology from Purdue University. He has 32 years experience in semiconductor fabrication at Delphi Electronics & Safety. His process experience includes photolithography, thermal, LPCVD, PECVD, and ion implantation processes. Mike joined Purdue and the BNC Staff in 2011.

 

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Kenny Schwartz
Process and Equipment Owner/Gases, Liquid Nitrogen, and Metal Deposition
E-mail:kfschwar@purdue.edu
Phone: 496-1174
Text: nanoschwartz@vtext.com

Kenny has overall responsibility for all process gases in the BNC, including gas cabinets and VMBs, specialty gases, bulk gases – nitrogen, hydrogen, helium, oxygen, and argon – and the liquid nitrogen system. He is also responsible for operational capabilities of the evaporators and sputterers at BNC. His goal is to aid in keeping BNC at the forefront in research capabilities.

Kenny has 10 years experience in the semiconductor field, dealing primarily with Ultra Pure Gases with Praxair as well as 4 years serving as Site Manager of all bulk and process gases at the Delphi’s Kokomo campus. Kenny joined Purdue in 2005.

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Mary Jo Totten
Building Logistics
E-mail:tottenm@purdue.edu
Phone: 496-1173
Text: totten@vtext.com

Mary Jo has responsibility for helping the residents of the building get situated and making sure their stay here is comfortable. Mary Jo maintains the card security system, issues keys, is in charge of the mailroom, shipping and receiving, the telephone system and data PICs, and addresses other issues as they arise.

Mary Jo received her BSE from Wayne State College in 1978. She has spent many years in electronics with Dale Electronics and was a Senior Planner of Electronics with Landis & Gyr. Mary Jo came to Purdue in 1995, working in Physics as a Lab Technician. She joined the Birck staff in 2005.

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Lorraine Fox
Operations Clerk
E-mail:foxl@purdue.edu
Phone: 494-9616

Lorraine assists Mary Jo in maintaining the card security system, issuing keys, shipping and receiving, and other various jobs that deal with the daily operations of the building.

Lorraine received her BA from Purdue University North Central in 1987. She has worked several years at Purdue with the previous 12 years being employed by the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. She joined the Birck staff in 2011.

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Ira Young
Process Logistics
E-mail:icyoung@purdue.edu
Phone: 494-9104

Ira has overall responsibility for the purchasing, storage, and distribution of supplies for the cleanroom and laboratories. He is also responsible for the collection of chemical waste and its disposal through REM. His primary goal is to have supplies available and to distribute them to the students, staff, cleanroom, and laboratories as requested.

Ira has a BS from Purdue and 26 years of purchasing and inventory control experience. Beginning his career with Essex Group and moving to Lafayette Pharmaceuticals, he has worked with NRC, FDA, and DOD. He joined Purdue in 2006.

 

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