April 10, 2024

2024 SVC Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Ahmad Abed

Ahmad is a first-generation student who obtained a B.S. in Physics Applied to Electronics from the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao and is now a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan.

His research focuses on the investigation of new ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors. With bandgaps greater than 3.4 eV, these materials are needed to enable the next generation of multi-kilovolt power electronics, quantum information science, deep-UV optical devices for sanitation, and electronics for extreme environments. Ahmad uses RF magnetron sputtering to deposit thin films of GeO2 and related materials and then studies their materials and electronic properties using various experimental methods. After finishing his Ph.D., he plans to gain industry experience for a few years before transitioning into academia. He aims long-term to provide opportunities for future generations of low-income students in both academic and industrial settings.

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