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2017 White Paper

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2017 Block-Gift Policies
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Auburn University
"Exploration of high performance gate dielectrics for next generation SiC power
Professor Sarit Dhar, Principal Investigator

Brown University
"Research and Education in Ceramic Nanocomposites"
Professor Nitin Padture, Principal Investigator

North Carolina State University
"Electric-Field Assisted Processing of Device-Quality Electroceramic Materials"
Professor Elizabeth Dickey, Principal Investigator

Ohio State University
"Investigation of Precision Molding of Chalcogenide Glass Optics"
Professor Allen Yi, Principal Investigator

Rutgers University
"SiC MOSFET Reliability - Interfacial Chemistry and Structure"
Professor Eric Garfunkel, Principal Investigator

University of Arizona
"Measurement of Freeform Aspherics using SCOTS, the Software Configurable Optical
Test System (Phase - II)"
Professor Dae Wook Kim, Principal Investigator

University of Chicago
"Understanding Morphological Stability of Nanostructured Semiconductors"
Professor Dmitri Talapin, Principal Investigator

University of Delaware
"Reaction Bonded SiC-Si and B4C-SiC-Si Ceramic Matrix Composites: Formation,
Microstructure and Properties"
Professor Chaoying Ni, Principal Investigator

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"Structured Diamond Optics for High Power Lasers"
Professors Tom Suleski, Principal Investigators

University of Pittsburgh
"Study of very long lifetimes in 4H SiC, High resolution differential absorption of large
bulk crystals of 4H SiC and te spin-orbit and crystal field splittings of the valence bands,
Optimizing of intrinsic defects in 4H SiC, Optical trapping of nancrystals of 4H SiC, and
Single photon sources using defects in 4H SiC"
Professors Wolfgang Choyke and Robert Devaty, Principal Investigators

University of Pittsburgh
"Materials Design for Enhanced Manufacturability"
Professor Bopaya Bidanda, Principal Investigator

University of Rochester
"Metrology of toroidal and off-axis conical surfaces"
Professor Jannick Rolland, Principal Investigator

University of South Florida
"Investigation and Optimization of the Thermoelectric Properties of Low Thermal
Conductivity Thermoelectric Materials: Skutterudites and "Complex" Chalcogenides"
Professor George Nolas, Principal Investigator

University of Tennessee
"Development of a Si-C Based High Temperature Three-Phase Voltage Source
Converter with Maximum Switching Speed and Adaptive Operation Capability for High
Professor Benjamin Blalock, Principal Investigator

University of Virginia
"Hierarchial Control of Eco-Friendly Fe-Si-Based Alloys for Thermoelectric Applications"
Professor Jerrold A. Floro, Principal Investigator
Promoting Research at the Graduate Level

Commencing in January 2008, the Foundation reached out to selected
Universities and Centers of Excellence across the country and asked them to
submit a research "White Paper" on scientific topics of interest and importance.  
The research proposals were to include the use of graduate and/or undergraduate
student assistance. The resulting proposals were reviewed based on scientific
approach, educational potential and budgetary realism.  The campuses and
laboratories were visited and then a Selection Committee awarded the block-
gifts.  7 schools were awarded funding for their research for the 2008-2009 year,
14 schools in 2009-2010, 17 schools in 2010-2011, 19 were awarded funding for
their research for the 2011-2012 year and 21 in 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and
2014-2015. Seventeen schools were awarded funding for 2015-2016. In 2016-
2017 fifteen schools were awarded funding.

The II-VI Foundation is focused on educating the next generation of
engineers, scientists and mathematicians. All Block-Gift programs must
have the students and student education as its’ primary focus.

Statement from II-VI Foundation Block-Gift Principal Investigators:

"It has been delightful to see how II-VI rigorously promotes the training and
development of graduate students in such a proactive and visible way.  It's not just
the funding, but the processes you've incorporated, including student responsibility
for writing reports, and their participation in the mini-conferences, that are so
helpful.  And we have all benefited from our interactions with other research
groups in the II-VI family."

Professor Jerrold A. Floro
                                                             University of Virginia
                                                             Materials Science and Engineering

"The modern Research University is not ideally suited to both work on the frontiers
of science and at the same time maximize the mentoring of graduate and
undergraduate research students. The focusing on research objectives is primarily
driven by the dictates of Federal Research Grants. In contrast, the II-VI Foundation
has in its charter the education and scientific development of the students
participating in a first class research environment. In our program, two senior
professors are available to both graduate and undergraduate members of the
team for consultation seven days a week. The II-VI Foundation is making this
possible through the flexibility of their Block Gifts. The Block Gifts are awarded,
not only for the merits of the proposed research, but also by the educational
impact on the students. This helps fill an important national need!"

 Professor Wolfgang J. Choyke
                                                           Professor Robert P. Devaty
                                                           Department of Physics and Astronomy
                                                           University of Pittsburgh
Block-Gift Program
II-VI Foundation Mini-Conferences

The II-VI Foundation holds mini-conferences at different times throughout the
year for our Block-Gift recipients.  These mini-conferences provide an
environment for the purpose of sharing information, technology and expertise.  
Lively discussion can provide opportunities for students and professors to
exchange new ideas and perspectives.  In the best case they find common
ground for new research topics. The mini-conferences group attendees
around common topics of interest. They are held in various locations around
the country that allows for local technical participation.

Statement from Mini-Conference Attendee:

"The 2016 mini-conference was extremely successful.  It was a highly
productive exercise, especially for the students. The environment was
professional, yet relaxed.  The way it was planned provided ample opportunity
for students from different programs to interact with their peers as well as
professors. The talks were very well planned which made for rich scientific
discussions. Such interactions are very valuable for students as they get to
present to a focused audience, as opposed to a large multidisciplinary
Professor Sarit Dhar
                                                              Physics Department
                                                              Auburn University
2016-2017 Block-Gift Award Recipients
(in alphabetical order)