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UTARI Seminar

UTARI Seminar is held the last Friday of each month at 12:00PM (noon). Each seminar highlights a different speaker who will discuss their latest research projects, cutting-edge technology or what is happening within certain technological industries. These industries include biomedical technologies or microsystems, assistive technologies, automation and intelligent systems, unmanned systems, advanced manufacturing and composite materials.


Fabrication and Processing of Advanced Multifunctional Composite Materials


Microelectronic industry is currently limited by the capacity of the current materials. For example, copper as the main material for interconnects is prone to electro-migration and high resistance at nanoscale levels. The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) have already predicted that the current density would exceed the breakdown limit of Cu in 2018. This severely limits increasing functionality and speed of microelectronic devices thus deviating from Moore’s law. To follow the same trend in advancing devices and packages, there is dire need for advanced materials with higher conductivity, ampacity and reliability. We propose to use two dimensional materials such as CNTs, graphene and TMD material in fabricating these interconnects to achieve extraordinary properties and pave the path for microelectronic industry to leap into next generation of devices with exponential increase in functionality and speed. This presentation summarizes the advances made in MAGIC laboratory in this area.


Dr. Leila Ladani is a professor at Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington and affiliated with UTARI’s Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies program. She received her PhD in 2007, and Master in 2005 both in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park. Prior to that, she received a Master and Bachelor degree in Heat and Fluid Mechanics with honor from IUT. Her research is focused on mechanics of materials at different length scales and fabrication of advanced multifunctional materials. She has published close to 100 refereed articles and patents and has been PI and CO-PI for more than $4 million fund from federal agencies and industry. She was the chair of electronic materials sub-division of ASME MD division as well as the co-chair for emerging technologies sub-division of ASME EPPD division. She has been recognized for impact of her research through media and several awards including invitation to National Academies Frontier of Engineering Conference in 2017, DURACOSYS Key note speaker in 2016, ASME EPPD Women Engineer Award in 2015, Connecticut Women of Innovation in 2014, Pi Tau Sigma Honorary faculty member in 2014, Hutchin’s grant, Amelia Earhart Aerospace Grant, ASEE AFOSR Faculty Fellowship and several others.




12pm (noon)-1pm


7300 Jack Newell Boulevard South
Fort Worth, TX 76118-7115