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									                              Portland State University
                   Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
                               ECE 507: SEMINAR
                                 Fall 2003 Schedule

Where:         PCAT-160               When: Fridays @ 2.00-3.50 pm

Contact:       James E. Morris        Office: FAB 160-04 jmorris@cecs.pdx.edu

Friday 10th October, 2003 at 2pm in PCAT-160

                     GOING FROM AN IDEA TO MARKET
Subtitle: Why So Many Excellent Ideas Never Make Any Money for the Inventor

                                   Christopher Jacobs

Only 1-½ to 3% of patents filed ever make the inventor enough money to cover the cost
of obtaining the patent. This lecture will discuss some of the reasons.
     What gets in the way of achieving rewards for your invention?
     In theory, what does getting a patent do for you?
     In reality, what does getting a patent do for you?
     What is involved in getting a patent or copyright? Which is better to have?
     Real world steps, determinations, and decisions that have to be made to make
        money on your insights and avoid wasting time
     Why the first step is not to evaluate your invention, but rather to evaluate yourself
        and your life’s situation
     How to coldly analyze the commercial potential of your idea

BSEE (Controls) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; MSEE (Computer Design) and
PhD (Medical Engineering) from University of Southern California; also studied at
Columbia University and MIT. Founded multiple companies, including: Atmospheric
Impurities Reduction (emissions devices), Counsel Broadcast Network, Jacobs R&D,
Jacobs Electronics Corp, Jacobs Electrical Products (automotive electronics); also
worked for General Medical Corporation, Advanced Medical Technology, US Rubber Co.
Multiple patents and publications in the fields of biomedical instrumentation and
automotive electronics, including the book Performance Ignition Systems, and over 350
articles in Motor Trend, Hot Rod, Car Craft, Circle Track, Sport Truck, Four Wheeler,
Four Wheel & Off Road, Chrysler Power, Grassroots Motorsports, Drag Racing, Sport
Compact Car, Mini-Truckin', All Chevy, & Mustang Illustrated .

Wednesday 15th October, 2003 at 12 noon in
     Micro and Nanotechnologies - Challenges for Microelectronics and MEMS

                             Prof. Dr. Thomas Gessner
     Center for Microtechnologies (ZfM), Chemnitz University of Technology, and
                 Frunhofer FhG-IZM Branchlab Chemnitz, Germany

1.   Introduction / Overview Center for Microtechnologies / Fraunhofer Institute for
     Reliability and Microintegration IZM, Branchlab Micro Devices and Equipment
2.   Challenges of the interconnect system in microelectronics: Some copper and low k
3.   MEMS and microsystems technology
     - Overview about special devices (mirrors, acceleration sensors etc.)
     - MEMS design and technology
     - MEMS packaging
4.   Conclusion

Dr. rer. nat. in Physics from TU Dresden, and Dr.-Ing. habil. in microelectronic
technologies at the University of Technology Karl-Marx-Stadt. Held several positions in
industry (ZMD Dresden) in metallization development for D-RAMs. ZfM Director (1991)
and Microtechnology Chair/Professor (1993), Chemnitz University of Technology.
Appointed to the Academy of Science in Saxony in 1996. “Micro Devices and
Equipment” Department Head, Berlin Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and
Microintegration (FhG-IZM) branch-lab in Chemnitz. Advisory Professor, Fudan
University and Chongqing University, China. Author or co-author of more than 330
publications and 15 patent applications. Pro-rector of Chemnitz University of Technology
(1994 – 1997). Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Republic of

Friday 17th October, 2003 at 2pm in PCAT-160

                            Cosmic Ray Muon Radiography

                                   Larry Schultz
                           Los Alamos National Laboratory

Highly penetrating cosmic ray muons shower the Earth at the rate of 10,000/m^2/min at
sea level. A novel muon radiography technique has been developed which exploits the
multiple Coulomb scattering of these particles for nondestructive inspection without the
use of artificial radiation. Larry will discuss the information carried by the scattered
muons, approaches for exploiting that information with image reconstruction algorithms,
and potential application of the technique to the detection of nuclear contraband hidden
within normal cargo in trucks and shipping containers.
Larry Schultz is a doctoral candidate in the ECE department at Portland State University.
He is currently performing graduate research at Los Alamos National Laboratory under
the supervision of Dr. Andy Fraser of PSU/ECE, who also worked at LANL last year
while on sabbatical from PSU. Prior to his LANL appointment, Larry was a member of
the Northwest Computation Intelligence Laboratory here in Portland under the direction
of Dr. George Lendaris. Before coming to Portland State to pursue his PhD, Larry orked
as a manufacturing engineer for 3M Company in Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Friday 24th October, 2003 at 2pm in PCAT-160

                                  Quantum Computing

                           Professor Marek Perkowski
                  Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
                             Portland State University

Friday 31st October, 2003 at 2pm in PCAT-160


Friday 7th November, 2003 at 2pm in PCAT-160

                              Waterfalls and Other Lasers

                             Professor Lee Casperson
                  Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
                             Portland State University

Friday 14th November, 2003 at 2pm in PCAT-160

                         Lasers in Microelectronics Processing

                                    Morgan Johnson
                                   Octavian Scientific
Friday 21st November, 2003 at 2pm in PCAT-160

                                     Robotic Surgery

                                    Dr Michael Savitt
                                   St Vincent Hospital

Friday 4th December, 2003 at 2pm in PCAT-160

                              IP for Engineering Students

                              Alexander C. Johnson Jr.
                           Marger Johnson & McCollom PC

Protecting what you put so much brainpower and effort into creating is important to you
and your company. Equally important is avoidance of infringement of the rights of
others. At the same time we all stand on the shoulders of giants who have gone before us,
so you need to know how to use the intellectual property system to avoid re-inventing the

Founder of Marger Johnson & McCollom, PC, a Portland law firm specializing in patent,
trademark and copyright law. BSEE The Citadel; MSEE Purdue University; JD cum
laude Brigham Young University, (member of the Order of Barristers). 30 years
experience as an intellectual property attorney and engineer. Legal experience includes
litigation, jury trials and appeals of infringement and validity cases and serving as expert
witness. Successfully argued the en banc appeal of In re Alappat No. 92-1381 to the Court
of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Technical expertise includes electronics and physics,
particularly bipolar, MOS, GaAs, CCD, power MOS and biCMOS semiconductor
devices and processes, deposition and etching methods, digital circuits and IC
architectures, computer-based systems and software, data communications, signal
processing, electrical circuitry and motors, optics and lasers, medical electronics, imaging
and displays, mechanical technology. Member: US Patent & Trademark Office, Oregon
State Bar, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Intellectual Property Law
Section of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, IEEE, Tau Beta Pi.

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