Two ECE Students Earn Prestigious Awards to Study Extreme Ultraviolet Technologies

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Colorado State University's National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology (EUV ERC) beams with talented student researchers. Courtney Brewer and Mark Berrill, who recently received national awards for their academic accomplishments, serve as outstanding examples of the high caliber students performing research at the EUV ERC. Courtney was chosen for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, while Mark was awarded the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Scholarship.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study. The SPIE Scholarship supports graduate research related to optics, photonics, imaging, or optoelectronics. Both awards are highly competitive and prestigious, annually honoring a limited number of students nationwide.

Courtney and Mark completed their undergraduate education in electrical engineering at Colorado State, and both students are continuing their graduate studies at CSU. Courtney's interests are in the demonstration of a nanometer-scale resolution microscope that uses the short wavelength lasers developed at CSU. Mark's research focuses on modeling the complex plasma dynamics that take place in the generation of coherent light beams of extreme ultraviolet light with lasers.

"Our faculty is extremely impressed with both Courtney and Mark," says Tony Maciejewski, ECE department head. "They are exceptional students, and we are thrilled they have chosen Colorado State University for their graduate education."

Courtney, who enjoys engineering for its intriguing concepts, discoveries, and inventions, will start her graduate work in the fall under the direction of Professor Carmen Menoni. Courtney was the recipient of last year's SPIE Scholarship and received the 2004 Colorado Space Grant. She is a member of the EUV ERC Leadership Council, Sigma Pi Epsilon, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Eta Kappa Nu.

Working with advisor Professor Jorge Rocca, Mark plans to pursue his Ph.D. at Colorado State. In addition to being named an honorable mention candidate for the 2005 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Mark received the Claude W. Wood Scholarship, ECE Merit Scholarship, and Harold and Sylvia Joy Scholarship in support of his undergraduate education. He leads the EUV ERC Leadership Council and is a member of SPIE, IEEE, and Sigma Xi.

Visit the EUV ERC web site to learn more about the cutting-edge research currently under way in extreme ultraviolet science and technology.