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Eighth Grade Explanations: Alternative Energy

Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT  
Host: Principal Solar Institute
By: Matthew Thompson, Executive Director, Principal Solar Institute

This is a slide deck that I used with a classroom of students in a webinar provided by Nepris.com. Nepris is a company that connects classrooms with industry volunteers. Many of these slides are just points for discussion, and they don’t all stand alone like a conventional presentation. Basically, the teacher requested an industry expert to discuss the strengths and weakness of alternative energy. I first laid the groundwork by defining energy and contrasting that to the concept of power. Then we discussed all the major forms of energy that we can access on earth. I then highlighted the so-called alternative energy sources. The students were very inquisitive, and I appended their text questions to the slide presentation. 


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Matthew Thompson

Executive Director, Principal Solar Institute

Matthew Thompson is a scientist with 23 years experience in semiconductor process development and yield enhancement at Motorola and at Freescale Semiconductor.

At Motorola’s Advanced Process Development Laboratory, he developed vertical gate oxidation processes and equipment. In a collaborative research and development project that included Motorola and IBM, he designed Synchrotron x-ray optics for deep submicron lithography, and supported x-ray mask design. The project culminated with a successful fabrication of fully functional memory chips using x-ray lithography. In another industry research project, Matthew worked with Motorola and Lucent Technologies to develop 200 mm mask manufacturing processes for a novel projection electron beam lithography technique. In addition to these advanced lithography research projects, he developed computer algorithms for Complimentary Phase Shift Masks, leading to volume manufacture of products with 50 nm gates using 248 nm imaging tools. At Freescale Semiconductor, he worked to improve profitability and performance by development and deployment of Design for Manufacturability methodology.

Matthew earned a B.S. in Physics at Texas Tech University, and a Ph. D. in Physics at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds seven patents in areas such as electronic design processing, x-ray mirror design, and advanced e-beam lithography, optical photo mask design and microcircuit pre-failure detection.

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