MSE Seminar: How to Destroy a Satellite in Three Easy Steps, and How Material Scientists Can Help!

Friday, October 23, 2020
1:00 p.m.
via Zoom
Sherri Tatum

Speaker: Heather Quinn, Technical Staff Member at Los Alamos National Lab


Satellites are expected to survive harsh radiation environments to successfully complete their missions.  Depending on the location of the satellite, the instruments are exposed to protons, electrons, neutrons, and heavy ions, all of which are known to cause electronic failures.  In this talk, the basics of transistor design and radiation effects in transistors is covered.  The discussion then opens up to the future of transistor design and how material scientists can help electrical engineers out of a pickle of a design problem that we find ourselves in.  The talk will end with information about Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 2021 Radiation Effects Summer school for interested students.


Dr. Heather Quinn received a B.A. degree in mathematics and physics from Knox College in 1992, and M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Northeastern in 2000 and 2004, respectively.  She has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 2004, where she was a post-doctoral fellow until 2006 and a member of the technical staff since then.  Her research has focused on software/hardware co-design issues with integrating next-generation compute technology into traditional computation systems, fault-tolerant space-based computation, radiation effects in electronics, and radiation testing of next-generation electronics.  She has authored or coauthored over 80 book chapters, journal papers and conference papers. She is a senior member of the IEEE.  Dr. Quinn is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science.

Audience: Campus 

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