Physics Alumna Umbel to Give Colloquium Talk

Posted on 9/28/2016 3:01:54 PM

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will proudly welcome back to campus physics alumna Rachel Umbel on September 30, 2016. 

Umbel will present “A discussion on various deposition techniques as applicable to the semiconductor field” as part of the Physics Department’s colloquium series. The talk will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Weyandt Hall, Room 331.


Moore’s Law has been achieved to date. Unfortunately, as progress is made in advancement of semiconductors, old processes and technologies become obsolete. Many of the technologies from 30 years ago are still prevalent in military applications today. With the military making up a very small part of the semiconductor industry, a problem occurs—the need for highly specialized, low-volume production emerges.

The seminar will discuss challenges of emulation from a metals engineer’s perspective. Additionally, the various techniques used for fabrication in emulation will be covered.

A member of IUP’s Class of 2011, Umbel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. While at IUP, she worked as an independent physics researcher and also participated in the Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology program.

Umbel is currently employed at SRI International as a junior process engineer.