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From Nebulae to Neurons: Using Nanoengineering to Produce High Performance Imaging Arrays for NASA Missions, Machine Vision, and Medical Applications

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  • Visitor Seminars
When May 14, 2014
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Engr. IV Bldg., Tesla Room 53-125
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Shouleh Nikzad

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

 

Abstract

NASA’s trend toward less costly missions has created a need for smaller and more capable instruments for astronomy, in situ planetary applications, as well as, atmospheric analysis and other remote sensing applications. Ultraviolet and visible imaging and detection technologies are crucial for in situ and remote sensing. Ultraviolet imaging also has applications in biology, neurosciences and criminology. Because many of the features and phenomena under study produce faint signals, the importance of detectors is common in many fields including cosmology, planetary science, neuroscience, neurosurgery, pathology, oncology, criminology, and semiconductor fabrication industry.

In this talk, we will briefly review detector and instrument requirements in the ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared spectral range. We will discuss the synergy between NASA and other fields when it comes to instruments and sensors. I will present detector enhancement using nanoscale surface control and discuss various applications of these devices as well as spinoffs of the techniques to different material, devices, and systems.

Biography

Dr. Shouleh Nikzad is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a peer-reviewed position conferred by the Director and the Office of the Chief Scientist in recognition of her achievements. She is also a Principal Member of the Staff and she leads the Advanced Detector Arrays, Systems, and Nanoscience Group at JPL. Shouleh is a Visiting Faculty at Caltech’s Physics Math, and Astronomy Division and a Visiting Scientist at Cedar Sinai Medical Center’s Neurosurgery Department. 

Shouleh is the recipient of several awards including the Lew Allen Award of Excellence, NASA Space Act Awards, JPL Instrument Division Team awards, and the TAP Team award. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a Senior member of IEEE and has been recognized and featured by the IEEE’s Women in Engineering (2011), SPIE’s Women in Optics (2012, 2013), and the Society for Women Engineers (2013) for being a pioneer and role model. She is a founding member of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT), recipient of its 2013 Pioneer in Medicine Award, and is now serving as the president of SBMT. She holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Caltech, a MSEE from Caltech and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering (Electrophysics) from USC. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and holds over 15 US patents.

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