AEP Graduate Student Kayla Nguyen awarded $15,000 “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Prize

Kayla Nguyen '18 was awarded the $15,000 “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Graduate Winner for developing the Electron Microscope Pixel Array Detector (EMPAD) and Low-Cost airSTEM. 

Kayla Nguyen, '18 was awarded the $15,000 2018 “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for her inventive work in helping to develop new electron microscopy techniques. She developed software, tested and demonstrated a new type of scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) camera, called an Electron Microscope Pixel Array Detector (EMPAD). The EMPAD camera sensor was based on x-ray detector technology pioneered by the Gruner research group in the Physics department. The Muller and Gruner research groups collaborated to adapt the technology for use on an electron microscope. For this project, Kayla also used an airSTEM, a high-performance and low-cost STEM that allows specimens to be examined in air, rather than in the vacuum of the STEM. 

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