UGIM 2018

Dear All,

The goal of this symposium is bringing together educators and researchers involved in micro/nanotechnology management around the world and to provide a forum for exchanging information and presenting new lab operations and educational concepts. Representatives of micro/nano fabrication facilities, ranging from new labs to nationally and internationally recognized facilities, have found this symposium an excellent forum for exchanging information and networking. Industry/university interactions, including new equipment trends, collaborative research, and training efforts are included.

We appreciate vendors and exhibitors who not only provide valuable educational and training resources for keeping us on top of developments in the field, but also for their generous sponsorship of our conference that makes it affordable for colleagues to attend from all over the world. As a result of sponsorships, we will enjoy multiple social networking opportunities to share best practices with our peers and professional development opportunities to learn .  Thank you for supporting us in our experiment to provide detailed, non-commercial, educational workshops by topical experts and vendors.

We’re looking forward to meeting all of you in Philadelphia!

Noah Clay
Conference Chair, University of Pennsylvania

Vincent Luciani
Program Chair, National Institute of Standards and Technology


To register for UGIM, please visit the following Eventbrite page:

Conference attendees will receive a backpack embroidered with the UGIM logo, a luggage tag, a professionally designed and printed brochure, notebooks, pens, access to vendor exhibits, all meals and drinks.  The Closing Dinner at the National Constitution Center on Wed., June 26th, 2018 requires an extra charge and registration.


Shown above is Irvine Auditorium, where the conference will be held on June 25 and 26th, 2018.  One the 24th and 27th, events will be held in the Singh Center for Nanotechnology.


Air, Train, and Bus Directions

The Philadelphia regional rail network is served by SEPTA (Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority), Amtrak, NJ Transit and PATCO.  Information below primarily emphasizes travel via SEPTA.

SEPTA Airport Express Train The Airport Express Train, R1, leaves every half-hour, stops at the various airport terminals, and will take you either to the University City Station on Convention Avenue or to 30th Street Station. The fare is $7.00 and the ride takes 18 minutes to the University City Station. Fares and schedules are available at the Transportation and Parking Office or the SEPTA Regional Rail web page. Cars, Taxis, and Limousines at the Airport A taxicab costs $28.50 plus $1 per additional passenger and tip. The ride takes about 20 minutes. Uber, Lyft and others are commonly used from the airport as well.
All Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains and all SEPTA Regional trains stop at 30th Street Station. A metered cab from the station costs about $10.00 plus $1 per additional passenger and tip. Uber, Lyft and others will pick you up from here as well.  The ride takes about five minutes.  Otherwise, it’s a ten minute walk to the Sheraton Hotel at 36th & Chestnut St (see below).
The Bus Terminal is located at 11th & Filbert streets in Center City Philadelphia. Exit the terminal and walk one block south to Market Street to board the Market/Frankford Rail Line to 34th & Market streets. The fare is $2 (exact change is required). Or transfer from the Market/Frankford Line at 30th Street Station to the Subway/Surface trolley (Routes 11, 13, 34, or 36) and stop at 36th & Sansom streets or 37th & Spruce streets.  Alternatively, Megabus and Bolt Bus stop near 30th St Station as well.

Just three blocks from the main conference venue on Penn’s campus, we have reserved 200 hotel rooms at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City.  To make reservations and receive a discounted conference rate, please contact the hotel directly by telephone: +1-888-627-7071 and mention “UGIM 2018”.  There are of course numerous other hotels within walking distance of campus, but we ask that you please check for accommodations at the Sheraton as it is the closest…and…um…we’re on the hook for the rooms!

Call For Papers

UGIM 2018 Call for Papers

Abstract submission closed on April 15th, 2018.

Please see the link below for a list of abstracts that were accepted for oral presentations at UGIM 2018

PDF of UGIM 2018 Abstracts

Get Abstracts

Symposium on Operations and Management of Nanotechnology Research Facilities

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2018.   Upload/download functionality will be added in early February, 2018.

Please submit a 1-page extended abstract which will be published in the symposium program book. All topics involving management of nanotechnology research facilities and academic laboratories will be considered. Papers are requested with a focus that addresses the topic area of one of the panels below. As this symposium is dedicated to matters of interest to nanotechnology laboratory management, we are not soliciting research papers.

Topics of special Interest for 2018

2018 topics of interest are selected from popular topics during UGIM 2016, online discussion forums and hot topics in the lab management community.

Embracing Nanobio and other emerging technologies

Nanofabrication, biology and medicine continue to converge in labs worldwide. This presents a new challenge for many labs and others have a great deal of experience with these challenges. These challenges come in the form of bio-safety concerns, vetting bio projects, new tool selection for handling biological and/or flexible electronics materials in fabrication, imaging and analysis. Please share your experience, policies, success stories, challenges and even disaster stories etc. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Tool and process needs
  • Bio safety training
  • BSL 1 and beyond
  • Vetting projects
  • Waste handling

E-Beam Lithography

Supporting electron beam lithography (EBL) is expensive and resource heavy undertaking. The tools are expensive, the cost of ownership is high and materials are expensive. Process development, monitoring and diagnosis can be challenging. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Lithography materials management
  • Process control techniques
  • Training users
  • Cost recovery

Imaging and analytical tool operations

Electron microscopes and other analytical tools present a challenge to multi user facilities. While they can be a necessity to your lab, user training and utilization for cost recovery can be difficult. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • User training
  • Cost recovery metrics
  • Facility policies
  • Sample prep needs

Marketing strategies

Whether your lab is academic, government or industrial, a healthy user base is a key element of success in most labs.

Many labs strive for cost recovery and others to demonstrate value to their host organizations. We are interested in marketing techniques, success stories or lessons learned. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Expanding the user base
  • College, departmental relations
  • Advertising
  • Social media

Process Control Techniques

How do you manage user expectations from a wide range of process and analytical tools? What works for you? Share your experience, policies and success stories. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Standard processes
  • Statistical process control (SPC)
  • User guides
  • Training videos or other ideas

General topics are always relevant and useful

Operations Management

  • Laboratory models
  • Metrics and benchmarking
  • Staffing, training, conduct, discipline
  • Computers and administration
  • Computerized access control
  • Space and utilities management
  • Measuring success

Equipment Management

  • Installations
  • Service models
  • Managing service contracts
  • Decommissioning


  • Emergency response
  • 24/7 operation
  • Chemical waste management
  • Training programs

Instructions for submitting abstracts

The abstract should be submitted through the conference website link (coming in Feb, 2018) and should include the following elements:

  • The focused topic from the list above
  • Preference of oral or poster presentation
  • Name of your home Institution
  • Author(s)
  • Presenters name
  • A page or less description of your presentation content and message
  • A 50 to 100-word summary to be used for early release
  • A 2nd page can be used if needed.


UGIM is authorized to circulate your abstract to conference committee members for review and selection purposes.



Our closing event will be held at the National Constitution Center.

Noah Clay: