From 10-13 September 2017, Dr. Coutu attended the 63rd IEEE Holm conference on Electrical Contacts in Denver, CO. Dr. Coutu was the Vice-Chairman for the technical program and will Chair the technical program during the 2018 Holm Conference to be held in Albuquerque, NM.
Professor Coutu visited Angstrom Engineering Inc. in Canada to discuss specifications for a novel physical vapor deposition system consisting of combined sputtering and evaporation capabilities.
Dushyant Tomer and Protap Mahanta presented their work about plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition of GaN/Si, and the current issues and solutions for microswitch test fixtures, at Discovery World.
On Tuesday June 27th, Dr. Coutu was an invited speaker at the annual International Workshop on Thin Films for Electronics, Electro-optics, Energy & Sensors (TFE3S) hosted by the University of Dayton. The presentation was entitled “Electronic Control of Germanium Telluride (GeTe) phase transition for electronic memory applications.”
On June 13th , Dr. Coutu gave an invited seminar at the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Puebla, Mexico for the Department of Mechatronics. The presentation was entitled “SOA in MEMS switches.
On April 3rd , Dr. Coutu gave an invited seminar at University of Southampton, UK for the Department of Electro-Mechanical Engineering and the Zepler Institute. The presentation was entitled “Design, Fabrication and Testing of Micro-Contacts for MEMS switches.