Florida AVS Symposium 2020

  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • March 9-10, 2020

The Florida AVS chapter organized another successful annual symposium at UCF, which included a plenary lecture from Dr. Henry Hess on incorporating nature's own technology, biomolecular motor proteins, in nanosystems, as well as technical sessions with invited and contributed talks on a variety of topics including electronic materials, renewable energy, thin films, surface science, and nanotechnology. Undergraduate and graduate students from various universities in Florida presented at the poster session, where prizes were awarded to the top posters in multiple categories. Throughout the day and during breaks, attendees could view the many interesting displays at vendor booths.

In addition, short courses on catalysis and catalytic materials were offered the day prior to the symposium, and, at the end of the program, a panel of professionals that had taken a multitude of career paths in vacuum science and technology held a Q&A session for students.

The symposium was an excellent opportunity to present, learn from and network with people both within and outside one's field, discuss possible solutions for research projects with vacuum technology experts at the vendor booths, and explore a multitude of vacuum science career options.

- Katie Slavicinska, Vice Chair

Top left: Checking out the Surface Measurement Systems vendor booth.
Top middle: UCF AVS student chapter officers Brian Ferrari, Katie Slavicinska, Corbin Feit, and Lori Shultz with faculty advisor and organizer of the event, Dr. Mihai Vaida.
Bottom and right: Poster session and dinner.