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  • Biography:
    • I received my BSEE, MSEE and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1983, 1986 and 1988 respectively. I then became an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas in late 1988.  In 1994, I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and in 2000 I was promoted to Full Professor, a position I currently hold.  I am a member of the American Vacuum Society, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
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  • Research interests:
    • The primary focus of my research is on the plasmas used in semiconductor device manufacturing. The research is primarily experimental in nature as opposed to a simulation of plasmas although my students have performed some plasma simulations. In particular, my group is best known for our research into pulsed plasmas and ion-ion plasmas. Pulsed-plasmas have the plasma source turned on-and-off periodically, while ion-ion plasmas have only positive and negative ions in them and no electrons. Both have significant advantages over continuous electron-ion dominated plasmas that warrant commercialization. I and my students have developed several diagnostics for studying these plasmas and consequently have extensive experience in determining plasma kinetics.  I have also studied plasma source design and have a serious interest in MEMS device processing.  While there is a primary focus to My research, many different kinds of projects have taken place in the Plasma Applications Labs.  These projects have been supported by the National Science Foundation, The State of Texas, and several different companies.  They have spanned the range from basic science to 1 week emergency programs.  As an example of recent work: in July of 2000 I and 4 colleagues at UTD obtained a grant for a "Plasma Science Research and Research Training Facility."   This grant has provided the equipment for serious hands-on training of our students in the plasma sciences related to semiconductor manufacturing, lighting, the ionosphere and outer space. 
    • Press to see more about the capabilities of the Plasma Applications Laboratories (PAL).
    • Press to see more about the Plasma Science Research and Research Training Facility (PSR).
    • Press to see example presentations.  
    • Press to see some of Dr. Overzet's Patents and Patent Applications.  . 
    • Press to see more about the costs of research projects in the PAL.
  • Teaching Interests:
    • I have taught over 10 different courses including: "Solid State Electronic Devices" at both the undergraduate (EE3310 and EE3210) and graduate (EE6320) levels, "Semiconductor Processing Technology" (EE6322), "Process Integration" (EE8320) and three courses on "Plasma Processing of Materials" UTD's plasma related courses are expanding as we expand our lab capabilities to form an integrated package of 7 classes. EE5383 "Plasma Technology" and its Laboratory (EE5283) comprise a hardware oriented study of useful laboratory plasmas. It is designed to introduce both beginning graduate students and upper level undergraduates to vacuum system hardware, basic plasma theory and some uses of plasma. EE6383 "Plasma Science" and its Laboratory (EE6283) comprise a study of the fundamental properties, chemistry, diagnostics and equations of plasmas.  It is intended to move students one step closer to cutting edge research.   An engineer passing this class will understand why plasmas act in the ways that they do and be a serious help on a manufacturing line.   EE7383 "Advanced Plasma Processing Systems" and its laboratory (EE7283) comprise an in-depth study of advanced plasma processing environments.   Finally, EE7171 is a seminar in which we read and discuss current literature on plasma processing.
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    • Press to find out about how you could have Dr. Overzet (and UTD) teaching at your institution.
  • Consulting:
    • The University of Texas allows professors to consult one day per week "with requisite prior approval by the appropriate university authority ... in cases where such activity is judged to be beneficial to the University."  The consulting activity should ordinarily be "temporary, episodic, or intermittent" otherwise it will be "subject to much closer scrutiny in terms of its impact on" the professor's "ability to fulfill adequately her/his obligations to the University."  Dr. Overzet has consulted for both companies and Government Labs.
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  • Students:
    • I am interested in getting new students to work with me.  Funding depends upon availability.
    • Press to see information on present and past students.
    • Press to fill out an application for a Research Assistant position.  RA/TA Application
  • Personal:
    • My wife's name is Jan and we have four children:  I enjoy just about any sport, especially softball, basketball and golf. Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but I am a Cubs fan (due to my Grandmother) and a Bulls fan.   Most importantly I am a follower of Christ and a member of a Christian Reformed Church. named Bethel.
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  • Here is a link to latex style files for writing a UTD thesis courtesy of some of my former grduate students.  Several students graduated using these and I hope you can too! (I make no guarantees though, the required styles may change without notice.)  Take them all. 


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University of Texas at Dallas,
P.O. Box 830688, EC33
Richardson, TX 75083-0688
Tel: (972)883-2154
Fax: (972)883-6839
email: overzet@utdallas.edu


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