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The 2008 UGIM Symposium will be held from July 13 - July 16, 2008 in heart of downtown Louisville, Kentucky (the 16th largest city in the US) at the historic Brown Hotel.   Louisville is home to several major corporations and organizations such as: Brown-Forman Corporation, Hilliard Lyons, Humana, Yum! Brands, Inc., and Papa John's Pizza.  While you're in Louisville, be sure to take advantage of some of it's attractions.  The Kentucky Derby Museum located at Churchill Downs, Bell of Louisville, Thomas Edison House, The Louisville Sugger Museum, and many other attractions around the city.  For more information about Louisville, click here.



The Brown Hotel was built in 1923 by J. Graham Brown and was a hotspot for prominent guests and celebrities of the 1950's.  After a few changes over the years, The Brown was rennovated and reopened in the early 1980's.  The Brown is an award- winning hotel that has enjoyed the visits of 6 former US Presidents and is where the Hot Brown was invented.

The Brown's luxurious onsite restaurants will furnish all of the meals during the symposium.  Their fine dining restaurant, The English Grill, has been voted "Louisville's Best Restaurant".  Other attractions on site include: a 24-hour fitness center, three restaurants, and the renowned Lobby Bar.

For more information on the luxurious Brown Hotel, please visit their website by clicking here.








Included as part of the conference will be tours of The University of Louisville's new $20 million, 10,000 square foot class 100/1000 cleanroom facility, one of the largest and newest in the midwest/southeast.  Several multi-million dollar grants from federal agencies support the research carried out in the new Research Center including grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration.

UofL engineers with specialties in MEMS, bioMEMS, nanotechnology, electrooptics, biomechanics, bioengineering, microfabrication, and theoretical and applied physics, work along side scientists from the College of Arts and Sciences with expertise in molecular, cellular and structural biology and medicinal and combinatorial chemistry, and with cancer and genetic researchers from the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Together they work on joint or related projects at the forefront of biology, medicine and engineering. To enhance multidisciplinary research, the placement of laboratories are located so that faculty with similar interests, regardless of discipline, will be in close proximity.


The scope of the UGIM symposium is set to include:

  • New Initatives in University micro/nano programs, courses, laboratories, technology transfer, and industry interaction.
  • Government-University micro/nano research programs.
  • Micro/nano research projects in the areas of devices, materials, simulation, design, processing, testing, and reliability.
  • Process development, manufacturing, statistical process control and design of experiments.
  • MEMS and microelectronic programs, courses, applications, processing, interactions, and research.
  • Standard silicon and compound semiconductors.
  • Bioengineering and biotechnology activites related to micro/nanotechnology.
  • Nanotechnology and nanofabrication.
  • Metrology, sensors and actuators.
  • University micro/nano research facilities and thier operation.
  • Industry efforts in micro/nanotechnology including technology transfer.

Keynote Speakers for 2008 include:

Abbie Gregg, President of AGI (Abbie Gregg, Inc.)

        Abbie Gregg is president of AGI which is recognized as one of the leading cleanroom and engineering consulting firms in the world 


Dr. Stephen Campbell, Professor of ECE, University of Minnesota

        Dr. Campbell is Director of the Minnesota Nano Fabrication Center and author of the popular engineering text The Science and Engineering of Microelectronic Fabrication


Dr. Rajinder Khosla, National Science Foundation Program Director

        Dr. Khosla is the director of the Electronics, Photonics, and Device Technology (EPDT) and Integrative Systems (IS) Programs in the Electrical and Communications Systems (ECS) Division


Dr. Mark Lundstrom, Professor of ECE, Purdue University

        Dr. Lundstrom is the founding director of the national NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology

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