Mechanical and aerospace engineering’s Chris Yuan wins award for sustainable manufacturing research


Chris Yuan, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, won first place in the Reusable Abstractions of Manufacturing Processes national research competition.
The national contest is organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, American Society of Testing and Materials and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is designed to showcase sustainable manufacturing techniques on a unit manufacturing process using a specific ASTM standard.

Yuan’s project, “Sustainable Manufacturing Analysis of Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 Thin Film,” won first place over seven finalists from universities across the country.
Atomic layer deposition is recognized as the most accurate surface coating technology and has found wide applications on semiconductors, batteries, solar cells, fuel cells, medical devices, optics and more. Through his research, Yuan aims to develop a unit manufacturing process model to characterize the potential environmental impacts of the atomic layer deposition process, using Al2O3 thin film in semiconductor manufacturing as a case study.
Learn more about the competition.