Shawn Addington, Ph.D., P.E.

EE493

Undergraduate Research Project List

EE 493-01  Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Sensor Devices

This interdisciplinary project is a collaborative effort between VMI ECE and the Roanoke College Physics Department.  Early research will focus on the development of carbon nanotubes, and the design of electronic devices (C-FETs) to be used in biological and chemical sensing.  Future research will focus on the characterization of these devices.  Occasional travel to Roanoke College is encouraged and will be supported.  Interested cadets should contact COL Addington (addingtonjs@vmi.edu) prior to enrolling.  Course capacity is 2 cadets.

Instructor - Addington
Credits - TBD

EE 493-02  Bioengineering

This interdisciplinary project is a collaborative effort between VMI ECE and the Roanoke College Chemistry Department.  Research will focus on the design and fabrication of miniaturized biosensor devices and packaging.  Characterization of these devices, for specific biomedical applications, will also be investigated.  Occasional travel to Roanoke College is encouraged and will be supported.  Interested cadets should contact COL Addington (addingtonjs@vmi.edu) prior to enrolling.  Course capacity is 2 cadets.

Instructors - Addington, Squire
Credits - TBD

EE 493-03  Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Bipolar Junction Transistors

In recent years, student members of the Microelectronics and Semiconductor Research Team have designed, fabricated, and characterized a number of electronic devices, including several types of field effect transistors (FETs) and digital logic gates.  In this project, cadets will design, fabricate, and characterize the first bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) ever made at VMI using the ECE Semiconductor Device Laboratory facilities.  At the beginning of their research, cadets will be trained on the proper use of computer-aided design (CAD) tools, as well as all laboratory processing and testing equipment.  Cadets will then have the opportunity to begin the development of their custom-made devices, following the tradition of the ECE Semiconductor Device Laboratory.  Interested cadets should contact COL Addington (addingtonjs@vmi.edu) prior to enrolling.  Course capacity is 2 cadets.

Instructor - Addington
Credits - TBD

EE 493-04  Semiconductor Device Fabrication and Mathematical Device Modeling

This interdisciplinary project is a collaborative effort between VMI ECE and the VMI Mathematics Department.  Using the capabilities of the ECE Semiconductor Laboratory, cadets will first develop basic semiconductor devices, and then work with the VMI MA Dept. to develop accurate mathematical device models to be subsequently used in the refinement of device performance.  Interested cadets should contact COL Addington (addingtonjs@vmi.edu) prior to enrolling.  Course capacity is 2 cadets.

Instructor - Addington
Credits - TBD

EE 493-05  RFID

The use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s society - from gas pumps and package tracking to automobile entry and secure facility access.  In this project, cadets will design and develop their own RFID devices, using the capabilities of the ECE Microelectronics Laboratory.  Interested cadets should contact COL Addington (addingtonjs@vmi.edu) prior to enrolling.  Course capacity is 2 cadets.

Instructor - Addington
Credits - TBD

EE 493-06  Optoelectronics

As evidenced by preliminary work performed several years ago in the ECE Microelectronics Laboratory, the department has the capability to design and fabricate a variety of optoelectronic devices and packages, based on electroluminescence technologies (light emission upon electronic excitation (electric current or field)).  This project will provide cadets several opportunities to expand on these previous efforts.  Interested cadets should contact COL Addington (addingtonjs@vmi.edu) prior to enrolling.  Course capacity is 2 cadets.

Instructor - Addington
Credits – TBD

EE 493-07  Hall Effect Study

The Hall Effect is a semiconductor phenomenon that permits the identification of semiconductor doping characteristics (type and concentration).  Ongoing work in the ECE Semiconductor Laboratory has resulted in the development and characterization of several Hall Effect devices.  This project will expand on these efforts.  Interested cadets should contact COL Addington (addingtonjs@vmi.edu) prior to enrolling.  Course capacity is 2 cadets.

Instructor - Addington
Credits – TBD

EE 493-08  CMOS Technology

Recent upgrades to the ECE Semiconductor Laboratory facilities now permits the realization of devices based on CMOS technology – the fundamental technology behind virtually all microprocessors, memory, etc.  Cadets will design, fabricate, and characterize various NMOS, PMOS, and CMOS structures.  At the beginning of their research, cadets will be trained on the proper use of computer-aided design (CAD) tools, as well as all laboratory processing and testing equipment.  Cadets will then have the opportunity to begin the development of their custom-made devices, following the tradition of the ECE Semiconductor Device Laboratory.  Interested cadets should contact COL Addington (addingtonjs@vmi.edu) prior to enrolling.  Course capacity is 2 cadets.

Instructor - Addington
Credits - TBD