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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
Nanotechnology Courses for General Education
Presented at NSF Grantees’ Poster Session
Jim is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Portland State University, Oregon, USA, with B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Physics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has served as Department Chair at both SUNY-Binghamton and PSU, and was the founding Director of Binghamton’s Institute for Research in Electronics Packaging. Jim has held multiple visiting faculty positions around the world, notably as a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Loughborough University (UK), as a Nokia-Fulbright Fellow at the Helsinki University of Technology, and as an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury (NZ). Other positions have included periods at Delphi Engineering (NZ) and IBM-Endicott (NY), industrial consulting, and as a Senior Technician at the U of S.
Jim is an IEEE Life Fellow and an IEEE Components, Packaging, & Manufacturing (CPMT) Society Distinguished Lecturer. He has served as CPMT Treasurer (1991-1997) and Vice-President for Conferences (1998-2003), and currently sits on the CPMT Board of Governors (1996-1998, 2011-2016) and the Oregon joint CPMT/CAS Chapter Exec and chairs the CPMT Nanotechnology technical committee. He was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal and won the 2005 CPMT David Feldman Outstanding Contribution Award. He is an Associate-Editor of the IEEE CPMT Transactions and has been General Chair of three IEEE conferences, Treasurer or Program Chair of others, and serves on several CPMT conference committees. As the CPMT Society representative on the IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC), he instituted a regular Nanopackaging series of articles in the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine, established the NTC Nanopackaging technical committee, was the 2010-2013 NTC Awards Chair, chaired the IEEE NANO 2011 conference, serves as NTC Vice-President for Conferences (2013-2014) and has been elected as NTC VP for Finance (2015-2016). He also co-founded the Oregon Chapter of the IEEE Education Society in 2005 and sits on its executive committee, and was Program Chair for the 1st and 2nd IEEE Conferences on Technology for Sustainability.
His research activities are focused on electrically conductive adhesives, the electrical conduction mechanisms in discontinuous nanoparticle thin metal films, with applications to nanopackaging and single-electron transistor nanoelectronics, and on an NSF-funded project in undergraduate nanotechnology education. He has edited or co-authored five books on electronics packaging and two on nanodevices, (two of which have just been published in Chinese,) and lectures internationally on nanopackaging and electrically conductive adhesives.
Jack C. Straton, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Portland State University, holding a joint appointment in Physics and in PSU's interdisciplinary University Studies Program, where his teaching focuses on diversity, science, and social responsibility. His research ranges from Nanometrology to Quantum Scattering Theory to Antiracist Pedagogy.
Lisa Weasel is an Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Portland State University. She has a PhD in molecular biology from Cambridge University (UK) and an undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard. She is the co-editor of the anthology Feminist Science Studies: A New Generation (Routledge 2001) and author of the book Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food (Amacom 2009). She is currently Co-PI on a Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) grant from the National Science Foundation.
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