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Source: Philip Ugorowski, 785-532-2382, pugo@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Jennifer Tidball, 785-532-0847, jtorline@k-state.edu

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

Media advisory: Ribbon cutting for new $3 million semiconductor facility set for Oct. 15

MANHATTAN – To inaugurate a new $3 million world-class clean room facility in Ward Hall, Kansas State University will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 15.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp as well as other government representatives and members of the university community will attend the dedication. Media are invited to the event. Those who do not already have a media parking pass, please email vpcm@k-state.edu.

The new clean room is located in the Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies, or S.M.A.R.T., Laboratory, which is dedicated to the research and development of new and innovative radiation detector technologies. The S.M.A.R.T. laboratory spans more than 6,000 square feet of lab spacedivided into specialized research labs.

The new class-100 clean room, largely funded and supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, spans 1,000 square feet and is dedicated to the fabrication of innovative radiation detectors and the development of mass production processes needed to provide these detectors at affordable prices.

The S.M.A.R.T. laboratory is directed by Douglas McGregor, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and has been supported by more than $16 million in numerous government and corporate sponsors, including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, National Science Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Energy Nuclear Engineering Education Research Program and the U.S. Dept. of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration.

For more information about the dedication, contact Philip Ugorowski, research assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, at 785-532-2382 or pugo@k-state.edu.