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Texas Tech and Carnegie Mellon teams win at Sandia Labs MEMS competition

24 June 2011

Texas Tech University MEMS dragonfly design
A dragonfly design by the Texas Tech team was one of the top winners of the recent Sandia Labs MEMS competition.

A dragonfly as small as a dust mote entered by a team from Texas Tech University and a highly sensitive microvalve entered by the Carnegie Mellon University team were the big winners in this year's student design contest for extraordinarily tiny devices at Sandia National Laboratories.

The annual MEMS University Alliance Competition Awards was a "huge success," said SPIE Senior Member David Wick, a scientist at Sandia.

The event drew 26 students and 5 professors, with additional teams from University of Utah, University of Oklahoma, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Travel funds provided by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, enabled greater participation by the universities, according to Sandia's Tom Zipperian, Senior Manager for MESA Microfabrication, and Keith Ortiz, Manager of MEMS Technologies.

Organizers hope to include the nine member schools of the Mexican University Alliance schools next year, Wick said.

Read the Sandia National Labs press release.