ECE Senior Wins Best Oral Presentation at the California Alliance for Minority Participation Symposium
Bokuba Nwengela, a senior at the ECE department of UC Davis was honored with a Special Award for Best Oral Presentation at the CAMP symposium (California Alliance for Minority Participation). This award was given to the best four presentations in each category (Biological Sciences, and Physical/Engineering Sciences).
CAMP symposium brings together undergraduates from all eight University of California campuses to present and share their results and experience in their various fields of research. The event is sponsored by the California Alliance for Minority Participation, and is partly funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). CAMP encourages under-represented students to participate in research activities while completing a Bachelors Degree. The students are also encouraged to embark on graduate studies.
The 2007 CAMP Symposium took place at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Science and Engineering in the University of California, Irvine. A total of ninety-three undergraduate presenters participated in the event, and were judged by twenty-one faculty and research scientists from all eight UC campuses.
Bokuba Nwengela delivered a presentation on novel Nanoscale Transistors made with single molecules. He talked about a recent research study he performed at the Integrated Nanodevices and Systems Research Laboratory (Inano). In this study, he was able to verify the current modulation properties of special organic molecular structures, which are very promising and important to the electronics industry. Their electronic properties make them important to such applications as tunnel junctions with negative differential resistance, molecular transistors, and building blocks for basic memory networks. Furthermore, given their sizes of just a few nanometers, these devices lend themselves to ultra-fast device applications, and can offer high levels of integration.
Bokuba says he learned a lot from the event and was able to network with the faculties who gave him invaluable feedback. It was an exciting experience, and he encourages every undergraduate student to participate not only in such conferences, but in research in general.