Lauren Otto profiled by the University of Minnesota


Cyclotron Road fellow Lauren Otto (Cohort 3) was recently profiled by the University of Minnesota, her PhD alma mater. Read an excerpt below or check out the full article here. 

Lauren Otto earned her doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering in spring 2017. Her dissertation was titled, “Engineering Materials and Characterization Methods for Mass-produced Plasmonic Devices” and her thesis advisor was Prof. Beth Stadler. Two weeks later, she received the Outstanding Poster Award at SPP8, the 8th International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics, held in Taipei, Taiwan.
On what motivated her doctoral research, Lauren says. “In 2014, I did an internship at HGST, now part of Western Digital Corporation, where I learned about some materials challenges HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology was facing. Around the same time, I learned about titanium nitride and saw it as a potential fix to the problem. However traditional deposition techniques were not compatible with HAMR technology. If a high-quality synthetic metal material could be generated using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) based technique, then that might prove to be a solution to the problem. This was the underlying motivation for my work, and the things I accomplished for my dissertation were stepping stones towards demonstrating this end application.”