SemTem is the brainchild of Lafe Spietz and Zan Chaudhry. While Zan was interning at the Hopkins Applied Physics Lab under Dr. Spietz, they got to discussing Zan's other work in the lab equipment business, particularly his issues with older scanning electron microscopes. Dr. Spietz, having years of experience in the field, knew the difficulties associated with these older units; almost all of the issues derive from the outdated control equipment. So together they formed the idea of trying to recreate the control system with modern technology through careful dissection and analysis of the old equipment, and SemTem was born. Along the way, the interest grew enough to enlist a high-level advisory board of experts and researchers in the field.
SemTem is beginning to reach out to local universities, including University of Maryland College Park and the Baltimore Campus, as well as Johns Hopkins University to offer internships to interested students. The application can be found in the education section.
Zan Chaudhry is a high school student in Clarksville, Maryland. He has always had a passion for physics, having built a nuclear fusion device in 2016, has extensive experience with high-end analytical equipment, is the CEO of Zantek Scientific, LLC, and is currently leading the hands-on, day-to-day of SemTem.
Dr. Lafe Spietz is an applied physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. He has years of experience with electron microscopy due to his work on quantum computing and related precision measurement and nano-scale research. He also founded Boulder Applied Physics, LLC and Spietz Applied Sciences, LLC. He is actively involved in research for SemTem.
Some of Dr. Spietz's publications:
Dr. Aric Sanders is a project lead at NIST and Precision Imaging Facility Manager at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research mainly focuses on nanotechnology, RF/Microwave communication and signal measurement, and precision imaging, particularly electron microscopy. He serves on the advisory board of SemTem.
Some of Dr. Sanders's publications:
Dr. Masa Ishigami is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida. His research focuses on nanoscience, particularly electronic transport measurements, nanomaterial synthesis, and scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of nanoscale devices. He serves on the advisory board of SemTem.
Some of Dr. Ishigami's publications:
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