Student Joseph Faucher Wins Outstanding Presentation Prize


Joseph Faucher, a fifth-year graduate student in the lab of Electrical Engineering Prof. Minjoo Larry Lee, won the prize for best oral presentation at the North American Conference on Molecular Beam Epitaxy.

Faucher faced impressive competition at the conference, held last week in the Mayan Riviera, which featured talks from around the world. Faucher's presentation, "Initiations Strategies for Simultaneous Control of Antiphase Domains and Stacking Faults in GaAs Solar Cells on Ge," took an interdisciplinary approach. Prof. Lee said that it "required detailed understanding of the relationships between materials growth, crystalline defects, and device physics. His work has direct applications in high-efficiency solar cells."

For winning the category, Faucher received a plaque and $500.

"Amazingly, it's Joseph's second time winning a student award at a major conference," Lee said. That award was won at a conference of the Materials Research Society in Boston in 2012.

In the photo above, from left to right are: Dr. Stephanie Tomasulo, Joseph Faucher, Prof. Minjoo Larry Lee, Prof. Paul Simmonds, Daehwan Jung, and Dr. Taizo Masuda.