Students at the University of Texas Dallas have decided to form a local chapter of AVS, an international professional group that is dedicated to the science of processing, materials, and interfaces. They made the decision after UT Dallas made a very strong showing at the annual AVS International Symposium and Exhibition.
It was clear that the University of Texas belonged in the top tier of the world’s scientific community when research being conducted at the university showed greater range and scope than many exhibitions from internationally renowned schools. When the students and faculty of UT Dallas saw how strong they were when compared side-by-side on a world stage, they decided they should create a local AVS chapter to help promote their work.
AVS has 4,500 members worldwide, but only ten chapters within the United States. The research that is conducted by AVS groups is considered by many to be elite, showcasing only the best of the best. The requirements of joining the AVS are rigorous, but UT Dalls was able to meet them easily, proving that they belonged in any scientific community that is seeking the best and the brightest.
“While some groups specialize in one type of material, UT Dallas has expertise in bringing different types of materials together for not only semiconductors, but also biotechnology, sensors and organic electronics,” said Dr. Amy Walker (pictured at left) associate professor of materials science and engineering. “The creation of the first AVS student chapter in the state is another recent example of our strength in the field and influence within AVS.”
The AVS chapter at the UT Dallas is known as The AVS Dallas Metroplex Student Chapter. Other schools in the Dallas area are encouraged to apply to join them. They are not exclusionary, but any university that wishes to also boast membership must meet the criteria set forth by the AVS society.
“The goal of the chapter is to provide professional development and interaction for our members by hosting speakers from both industry and academia to speak about their areas of expertise,” said Tatiana Peixoto, a doctoral candidate and president of the student chapter. “In the near future, we seek to form a network and long-lasting relationships with the neighboring universities, as well as nearby companies.”
This is the first semester that the AVS has been active in Dallas, so they have not had any partnerships as of yet, but the scientific community is interested, and the AVS is hoping to garner more chapters in the United States to expand their influence, as well as grow the scientific community.