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Taylor Takes the Prize

Jake Taylor and Katharine Gebbie

Jake Taylor and Katharine Gebbie

Jake Taylor of PML and JQI is the winner of the 2014 Young Scientist Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). The Prize includes a medal, a 1000 EURO award, and an invited presentation at an IUPAP sponsored conference.

To be considered, candidates must have made “original and outstanding contributions to the field of AMO Physics” and have had no more than 8 years of research experience following a PhD.

Taylor has received numerous awards including the Service to America: Call to Service Medal and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He completed his PhD with Mikhail Lukin at Harvard University and his postdoctoral work at MIT. He is currently a JQI Fellow as well as Co-Director of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS), a cooperation between NIST and the University of Maryland.








Gordie Shaw
Gordon Shaw

Honors for Shaw

Gordon Shaw, a PML research chemist, has been selected to receive the 2015 JSA Young Investigator Award given by the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). This award “recognizes an SEM Member in early to mid-career who demonstrates considerable potential in the field of experimental mechanics.”

According to the chair of the SEM Honors Committee, Shaw’s selection is “a well-deserved public statement by [his] professional peers of the quality and impact of the contributions that [he] has made thus far” in his career.

Shaw will deliver the JSA Young Investigator lecture during the SEM Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics in Costa Mesa, CA, next June.








SEED students
From L to R: Alejandra Torres-Diaz (SHIP), Khazar Choudhry (SEED), Michaela Berger (SEED), Arec Jamgochian (SURF), and Zeeshan Ahmed (NIST)

Ground-breaking Number of SEED Students Grows Future Crop of Chemists

The Chemical Society of Washington’s (CSW) Project SEED recently wrapped up a record-breaking summer in which it supported the highest number of economically disadvantaged high school students in its history: 20 teenagers from DC, VA, and MD schools. PML’s Zeeshan Ahmed mentored two of these students at NIST: Michaela Berger of Rockville High School and Khazar Choudhry of Poolesville High School.

Under the Project SEED program, high school students participate in a chemistry-related scientific research project under the direct supervision of a mentor for a period of 8 weeks during the summer at academic, industrial, or governmental institutions.







Schematic diagram of a 3D stacked integrated circuit, achieved using copper through-silicon via interconnects
Schematic diagram of a 3D stacked integrated circuit, achieved using copper through-silicon via interconnects.
NIST Recognized for 3D-IC Research

Chukwudi Okoro, a guest researcher in PML’s Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division, and Lyle Levine from NIST’s Material Measurement Laboratory were recently recognized for their efforts in teaming with scientists from Argonne National Laboratory and SEMATECH to uncover a new understanding of the behavior of three-dimensional (stacked) integrated circuits. Specifically, the team learned how thermal cycling can lead to stresses and failure in the vertical copper interconnects (called “through-silicon vias, TSVs”) that connect each layer within the stack.

The paper detailing these results, based on research at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), has been selected, by the management of the APS sector where the work was done, as one of the outstanding recent results from those beamlines. The research team’s efforts are highlighted in a recent article from the APS.





Foss-Feig’s Physics Trifecta

NIST theoretical physicist Michael Foss-Feig hit a physics trifecta in July 2014 when he co-authored papers published in Science, Nature, and Physical Review Letters in the course of nine days.

"Michael is an incredibly productive and versatile physicist, who has initiated collaborations with others at NIST both in Gaithersburg and Boulder, CO, and with colleagues at the Joint Quantum Institute," said his supervisor Charles Clark, of the Quantum Measurement Division. “I decided he deserved eight hours annual leave to get married in August.”

An accessible account of the first two studies can be found at, and of the third at


Shakarji and Srinivasan
From left to right: Joshua Summers (Chair of the ASME Computers & Information in Engineering Division), Craig Shakarji, and Vijay Srinivasan

Best in Show

Craig Shakarji of PML and Vijay Srinivasan of EL won a best paper award at the August 2014 Computers & Information in Engineering Conference in Buffalo, NY. Of all the papers submitted to the conference, 143 were accepted for publication and presentation and of those, six were chosen for best paper awards.

The paper was titled "An improved L1 based algorithm for standardized planar datum establishment."









Trey Porto
Trey Porto

Cool Public Presentation

Trey Porto of the Quantum Measurement Division discussed supercold atoms this summer as a speaker in the DC Science Café series, designed to bring science to the public.

His talk, “Exotic Tales from the Coldest Place in the Universe,” took place at the Busboys and Poets restaurant in downtown DC on June 24. After his presentation, he answered audience questions for an hour.