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Team Work Experiences In Process Automation For Precision Chemical Deposition

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



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Interdisciplinary Education in ET

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Engineering Technology

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11.1235.1 - 11.1235.12



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Jeffrey Evans Purdue University

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Jeffrey J. Evans is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining Purdue he held engineering positions over a 20-year career developing hardware, software, and systems in several industries including automotive control systems, consumer and industrial warning and safety, medical, and telecommunications systems. He is a member of the ASEE, ACM, and a senior member of the IEEE. His research interests include understanding the mechanisms that create performance degradation in distributed computing systems, focusing in the areas of high performance computing and sensor networks.

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Matthew Kirleis Purdue University

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Matt Kirleis is a senior in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. His academic interests include microcontrollers, communications and controls. He is a member of Tau Alpha Pi. In his spare time he enjoys working on various electrical projects such as building an RC Engine Dynamometer for his senior project.

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Casey Smith Purdue University

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Casey Smith earned his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, in December 2005. His academic interests included analog circuitry, programming and project development. He is currently employed at Advanced Micro Devices in Austin, Texas, where he performs thermal analysis for customer support engineering.

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Teamwork Experiences in Process Automation for Precision Chemical Deposition

Abstract The area of chemical analysis is growing rapidly, supporting areas related to Bio- engineering, such as pharmaceuticals and genetics. High throughput of analyses is becoming more critical. As the size of each sample shrinks, so to does the time avail- able to perform accurate analysis due to evaporation and other contamination factors. New materials and processes are being created in order to provide the ability to analyze large numbers of samples in a reasonable period of time. One such project at Purdue is reducing the size of samples even further, while increasing the spatial density of a group of samples. This requires increased precision in two-dimensional alignment and sample deposition.

Students in electrical and computer engineering technology participated in an inter- disciplinary project with chemical engineering students to automate a mostly manual alignment and deposition process. Automation of this process involves the integration and precise computer control of several disjoint instruments. The primary objective of this work was to increase throughput by several orders of magnitude. Secondary goals include system characterization and prediction of throughput upper bounds us- ing available technology and off-the-shelf components. Successful completion of these objectives requires a combination of skills learned in the classroom as well as teamwork among students within specific disciplines as well as those from others, where technical languages and dialects are different.

This paper describes the problem and subsequent design, implementation and sys- tem characterization activities undertaken. New and innovative test and measure- ment techniques were developed, requiring creative solutions using and stretching those learned in the classroom. Descriptions of the obstacles, methods, lessons learned, and throughput improvement results are presented. This work has provided a unique op- portunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and research and development experiences for undergraduate students.

1 Introduction The area of chemical analysis is growing rapidly, supporting areas related to Bio-engineering such as pharmaceuticals and genetics. High throughput of analyses is becoming more crit-

Evans, J., & Kirleis, M., & Smith, C. (2006, June), Team Work Experiences In Process Automation For Precision Chemical Deposition Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--820

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