Staff

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Prof. Ahmed Busnaina -Executive Director & Founding Director of the KNMRC

120 Forsyth Street
467 Egan Center
Boston MA 02115
Phone: 617-373-2992
Email: a.busnaina@neu.edu

Ahmed A. Busnaina, Ph.D. is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor, Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of National Science Foundation’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing and the NSF Center for Nano and Micro-contamination Control at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Prof. Busnaina is internationally recognized for his work on nano and micro scale defects in nano and microfabrication. He specializes in directed assembly-based printing of micro and nanoscale devices. He developed many manufacturing techniques using nanomaterials for electronics, sensors, energy, biomedical and materials applications. His research support exceeds $54 million. He authored more than 600 papers in journals, proceedings and conferences in addition to 50 filed and awarded patents. He is an editor of the journal of Microelectronic Engineering and associate editor of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research. He also serves on many advisory boards including Samsung Electronics, International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, Journal of Particulate Science and Technology, Journal of Electronic Materials Letters. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Adhesion Society, a Fulbright Senior Scholar and listed in Who’s Who in the World.

The executive director will focus on strategic initiatives to enhance, expand and upgrade the KNMRC infrastructure through external funding.

 

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Sivasubramanian Somu – Director

120 Forsyth Street
448 Egan Center
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 373-5848
Email: s.somu@neu.edu

Dr. Sivasubramanian Somu is a research associate professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial engineering at Northeastern University since 2013. His areas of expertise are standard CMOS nanolithography/nanofabrication and characterization methods for solid-state devices, Directed assembly of nanomaterials, NEMS, Carbon nanotube-based chemical and biological sensors, Infrared energy harvesting systems, Anisotropic magnetoresistive sensors, Spintronics and Magnetoelectric devices. He has published over 40 refereed journal papers and has been part of numerous grants from government and industry. He has authored more than 10 worldwide and US patents.

Dr. Somu received his BS from Bharathidasan University in 1994, his MS from Annamalai University in 1996 and his Ph.D. from Northeastern University in 2004. He served as junior research fellow at Madras University from 1996-1997. In 2004 he joined the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing as a post-doctoral researcher. He was promoted as a Research scientist in 2008 and as a Technology Development Manager in 2010. He has served in several NSF panels and has organized sessions for various local and regional nanotechnology conferences. He is a member of APS and IEEE and has served as an advisor for Advanced Nano Technology Laboratory Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI) at Bangalore India.

 

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Scott McNamara – Clean Room Engineer

120 Forsyth Street
448 Egan Center
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 373-7728
Email: s.mcnamara@neu.edu

Scott McNamara has worked as a Lab Manager/Clean Room Engineer for the KNMRC at Northeastern University since 2003. He has more than 25 years of experience in vacuum design and processes for semiconductor equipment, specifically PVD and Etch systems. In 2005, he worked with facilities on the expansion of the existing clean room facilities. For the past 14 years, he has been helping professors in coordinating clean room aspects of the microfabrication course taught at the college of engineering at Northeastern University. Currently, he supports KNMRC users in instrumentation training and operations and also serves as the Safety Officer for the entire KNMRC.

He graduated from University Of Lowell in 1989 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with further studies in Grad School in Plastic Engineering. He worked at Helix Technology (CTI Cryogenics) as a Customer Support Engineer and Manager working with supporting customers such as Intel, Motorola, Applied Materials, etc all over the world. He also worked as an Application Engineer for Kinney Vacuum (Now Tuthill Corporation) designing vacuum systems and supporting special vacuum applications.

 

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Siddhi Mangle – Administrative Assistant
120 Forsyth Street
448 Egan Center
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 373-8369
Email: staff@kostas.aeroweb.net

Siddhi is a current graduate student at Northeastern University pursuing her Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She has been a member of the staff at the Kostas Research Center since October 2016. Her major responsibilities include maintaining financial records, handling expenses and inventory.

 

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Ashwini Thaokar -Lab Assistant
120 Forsyth Street
448 Egan Center
Boston, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 373-8369
Email: thaokar.a@husky.neu.edu

Ashwini is pursuing masters in Telecommunication Systems Management at Northeastern University. She joined the Kostas Research Center as a lab assistant in June 2017. Under the supervision of the lab senior staffs, her efforts will focus on troubleshooting and maintaining Lab tools.

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448 Egan Center, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02115 Phone: 617-373-5848
Email: s.somu@neu.edu