The National Science Foundation awarded a $17 million grant to
the Engineering Research Center on Tuesday, establishing CSU as a
partner in Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology.
“To those of you who aren’t engineers, let me help you put this
in context,” said Neal Gallagher, dean of the College of
Engineering. “I’m sure you’ve heard of the Noble Prize or the
Pulitzer Prize. I think winning one of these NSF Research Centers
is really a lot more like winning the National Championship in
CSU will be teaming up with the University of Colorado at
Boulder and the University of California at Berkeley in a
collaborative effort to research the Extreme Ultraviolet EUV/soft
X-ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum that remains
“CSU makes the lasers, one type of lasers, CU makes another type
of lasers, Berkeley does mirrors and materials analysis,” said Ann
Drummer, an electrical engineering graduate student. “CSU will also
be doing mirrors using a different method and we also have the
facilities to do analysis through the chemistry department and our
The research of extreme ultraviolet science and technology will
take place in existing university establishments and Eric
Hammersten, a master’s student at CSU, believes it will expose
students to innovative ideas.
“Working with UV light sources is something that hasn’t really
been explored before,” Hammerstein said. “This better understanding
benefits society and provides better education for students.
Especially in engineering it is very important for students to get
involved in research; it will be invaluable for them in the course
of their career and their lifetime.”
Henry Kapteyn, a professor at CU, agreed.
“These are students who are going to be the technology leaders
in the next decade,” Kapteyn said. “They’re going to make the new
computer chips, the new microscopes and the other new technologies
that are related to this work. It’s a tremendous experience for
them to work in a multi-university collaboration.”
Researching ultraviolet rays will create the smallest, most
powerful computer circuits ever developed and will provide critical
and practical benefits to society, said Jorge Rocca, professor of
electrical and computer engineering and the director of the
Engineering Research Center.
“This type will have an important impact on publications of the
next generation of integrated circuits as well as provide tools for
rapid development of nanotechnology,” Rocca said.
Although research is an enormous part of the grant, participants
also emphasize educational components.
“The other important part is the educational component at all
levels,” Rocca said. “Younger students in K-12, that can be brought
to the lab and shown some exciting things happening and they might
realize ‘gee this could be a potential career for me.'”
CSU President Larry Penley said the grant is a great
accomplishment for any research university and reflects the great
efforts of students and faculty.
“We are especially pleased to join with the University of
Colorado at Boulder and the University of California at Berkeley
and of course, us here at Colorado State University, in saying that
we celebrate the students,” Penley said. “But we celebrate
especially the faculty who have made this possible and the kind of
research and education that will come from the efforts of these
faculty in the next few years.”