March 1, 2022

2022 SVC Foundation Scholarship awarded to Fahmida Azmi at McMaster University

Fahmida writes “to express my sincere gratitude to you for awarding me a SVC Foundation Scholarship.  I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor, and I sincerely appreciate your support.  I am a Ph.D. candidate in Engineering Physics at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Peter Mascher.  Vacuum coating technology has a significant impact on my research, which focuses on the fabrication and characterization of rare-earth-doped silicon-based thin films fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition and magnetron sputtering, requiring ultra-high vacuum environments.  I am also investigating the optical and mechanical properties of the fabricated thin film structures for various applications, including as light-emitting diodes, for photovoltaics, and as biosensors.  This SVC Foundation Scholarship will contribute significantly to my journey towards becoming an avid contributor to vacuum coating science and technology.”

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