Each year, the SVC Foundation supports students traveling to the annual SVC Techcon to present their research. Brian Johnson is a PhD student at Brigham Young University and presented his research on the use of ellipsometry and XPS to understand the degradation of thin-film mirrors protected by ultrathin fluorides. The motivation behind his research is to prevent oxidation of the aluminum on reflector mirrors utilized by NASA to maintain reflectance at very short ultraviolet wavelengths.
After the conference, Brian sent us the following thank-you:
“I wanted to take this time to extend my thanks for the opportunity you gave me to attend the SVC conference. The SVC conference was a great learning experience for me as well as an excellent networking experience. This was one of the best conferences that I have had the opportunity to attend. The speakers, accommodations, and professional environment provided enriched my experience as well. I feel that the support afforded through your scholarships to students is a positive element that creates invaluable returns for both the academic and industry arenas in addition to enhancing our careers. I kindly thank you again for your support in the SVC conference.”
We are very fortunate to support excellent students through our travel sponsorships and general scholarships and wish Brian the best of luck with his continued education!