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Circuit designer finds the knowledge to innovate

Between filing provisional patents and working in user nanofabs, electro-optic circuit designer, entrepreneur, and nanotechnologist Jay Morreale expands his knowledge using nanoHUB.

“I’ve been viewing the lectures on nanoHUB to learn enough device physics to fill in the gaps for the things I don’t understand in the technical papers I read,” Morreale says. “I don’t know where else I would find access to this kind of information, and the open access makes it very affordable for small business.”

Morreale operates a New Jersey-based small business, p-brane LLC. Keeping up with new developments has been a priority for Morreale ever since he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona. Today, he is working through the course on nanoHUB titled ECE 656 Electron Transport in Semiconductors.

“I take courses to understand the device semiconductor physics needed to design and prototype nano devices, and the courses on nanoHUB are a good source of this type of information,” Morreale says.

Morreale earned a certificate in nanoscale materials science from the Stanford Center of Professional Development. “The courses on nanoHUB are the same caliber,” he says. He began viewing nanoHUB courses five years ago with ECE 695s Nanophotonics.

“There are more courses and material related to my interest on electron transport in materials on nanoHUB, so I keep coming back for more lectures,” Morreale says. “These are of great value because they are so up-to-date and relevant.”

Morreale follows the Journal IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology and journals published by the professional societies of which he is a member – IEEE, American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Materials Research Society, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Over the years, he has used technical and nanobusiness conferences, symposia, short courses, industry seminars, professional journals, professional and industry newsletters, government agency alerts and newsletters, industry association newsletters, industry webinars, Google alerts, Twitter, LinkedIn Groups, and Facebook to find out about new developments.

Previously, Morreale co-founded Red Sky Systems, which made undersea transmission systems and was acquired by Global Marine Systems in 2006. Before that, he built telecom and optical networking hardware for 16 years for AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies.

Writer: Jennifer Crowell, communication specialist, Network for Computational Nanotechnology, 765-496-6541, jmcrowell@purdue.edu