Nanotechnology Engineering alumni Samer Kurdi (BASc ’12) is participating in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which is taking place in Lindau, Germany, between June 30 and July 5, 2019.
The annual Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings focus alternately on physiology and medicine, physics, and chemistry – the three natural science Nobel Prize disciplines. This year’s meeting is dedicated to physics.
The meeting, intended to foster exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures and disciplines, is attended by 39 Nobel Laureates, including University of Waterloo’s 2018 laureate in physics, Donna Strickland, and 580 international young scientists from 89 countries. All of the young scientists are under the age of 35 and went through an extensive selection process before being chosen to participate.
Each Lindau Meeting’s scientific program is based on the principle of dialogue. The lectures, discussions, Master Classes and panel discussions are designed to activate the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience between and among Nobel Laureates and young scientists. The key topics for this year’s meeting include dark matter and cosmology, laser physics and gravitational waves.
After graduating from Waterloo’s NE program, Samer earned his Master’s degree in Functionalized Advanced Materials and Engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt before pursuing his PhD in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at University of Cambridge. His research is based upon overcoming capacity limits in conventional memory devices, due to restrictions on further miniaturization.
“I am very proud to be a graduate of Waterloo and grateful for the Nanotechnology Engineering program for introducing me to this career path,” says Samer.