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Dimension is Destiny:
Bow Ties, Insects, and Smart Phones
Stephen Kowel

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This lecture will explore the relation of physical size to function. As size shrinks, the dominance of volume effects – gravity, inertia, and magnetic fields, gives way to surface effects – friction, surface tension and electric charge. As dimensions shrink, familiar behaviors morph into unexpected and remarkable new capabilities. Insects don’t need lungs, two-dimensional electric motors pump fluids in channels thinner than hair, miniature mechanical sensors deploy airbags, and disposable medical devices test minute blood samples in an instant. Peering even deeper we reach quantum scale, where electrons reveal the remarkable properties on which our modern communications and computing environment depends. Contract your perspective and peer into the hidden world.

Dr. Stephen Kowel received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held faculty positions at Syracuse University, the University of California, Davis, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the University of Cincinnati, where he also served as Dean of the College of Engineering. He was Director of Research Development for Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 2012 to 2015.  Dr. Kowel has contributed to more than 100 papers and patents in the fields of acousto-optics, electro-optics, liquid crystal adaptive lenses, and 3-D autostereoscopic displays.  Among his professional accomplishments are his appointment as Professor and Dean Emeritus of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, and his election as Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA).

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$150 for any combination of eight events, members only

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Non-member - $35
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