During numerous visits to Indonesia as a Fulbright Specialist in Engineering Education, Professor of Physics Geoff Dougherty, Ph.D., provides a number of seminars and workshops, and assists both undergraduate and graduate students with their projects.

One of those students, Atika Ahab, was working on her Ph.D. project involving the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), where she was encouraged to do so by her home university – Nusa Cendana University, where she is a tenured lecturer.

After some discussion of the logistics, Ahab was able to obtain a scholarship from the Directorate General of Higher Education and Ministry of Research and Technology of Indonesia to fund her attendance at CSUCI for a semester to collaborate with faculty in the Applied Physics program. With assistance from Mayumi Kowta, CSUCI’s Director of International Programs, Ahab was able to obtain a J1 visa for herself as a visiting researcher.

During fall semester 2016, Ahab as the first international graduate student, worked in the Optoelectronics lab with Professors Clint Harper and Geoff Dougherty, and helped to develop a technique to produce gadolinium oxide nanoparticles by pulsed laser ablation. The nanoparticles were characterized using a number of physical and chemical techniques, some of which were carried out at the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of California Santa Barbara.

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