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LeaderShape Institute a “life-changing experience” for UAH students
LeaderShape Institute a “life-changing experience” for UAH students

For the past three years, students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have attended the LeaderShape Institute, a six-day educational experience that equips young adults to become leaders within their communities. And this year was no different, with UAH sending its largest contingent of students yet – including Julia Schneider, Christine Woodard, Ryan Gott, Garrett Wilson, Mariah Tolbert, Brittany Eaton, and Tanvi Singh – to the national LeaderShape Institute held in Atlanta, GA, in late July.

"This year we sent members from our Student Government Association, Housing, the Leadership Programs, Blue Crew, Lancers, and T.R.U.E. Chargers," says Kacey Schaum, UAH's Assistant Director for Student Life. "The students chosen already showed leadership on our campus, so we have seen their potential. And my hope is that they have returned well-equipped and confident as leaders, and inspired to make a change on our campus and in their communities."

Not only did all of the UAH students have a strong background in leadership, several had attended leadership conferences in the past. But nothing, says junior political science major Brittany Eaton, prepared them for what to expect at the LeaderShape Institute. "It was a life changing experience," she says. "I have gone to a lot of different leadership institutes and I expected it to be like those, but a lot of what we talked about was giving ourselves permission to be ourselves."



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Dashen ShenProfessor
Electrical & Computer Engineering


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     Princeton University, Electrical Materials and Devices
     Shanghai University of Technology, Applied physics


Prior to joining the faculty at UAH, Dr. Shen worked as a Staff Scientist at Glasstech Solar, Inc., in charge of research programs such as thin film transistors, solar cells, device modeling, plasma enhanced CVD materials, sputtered or eveporated thisn film materials. After joining UAH he developed a thin film materials and devices research laboratory and supervised graduate student projects there in addition to teaching related courses.

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Thin film semiconductor materials and devices, flat panel displays, solar cells, novel silicon-on-insulator materials and devices.

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Recent Publications

"Design of an a-Si:H Interface Circuit for Liquid Crystal Chemical and Biological Sensor Array," Alireza Hassanzadeh, Robert G. Lindquist, and Dashen Shen, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 12, NO. 5, p. 1284, May 2012.

"Plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition of HfO2 with in situ plasma treatment," Dawei Xu, Xinhong Cheng, Youwei Zhang, Zhongjian Wang, Cao Xia, Duo Cao, Yuehui Yu, Dashen Shen, J. Microelectronic Engineering, Volume 93, May, 2012 Pages 15-18, Elsevier Science. Oxford.

"A 680 V LDMOS on a thin SOI with an improved field oxide structure and dual field plate," Wang Zhongjian, Cheng Xinhong, Xia Chao, Xu Dawei, Cao Duo, Song Zhaorui, Yu Yuehui and Shen Dashen, Journal of Semiconductors, 2012,33(5):054003-4.

"Effects of Al2O3 on Thermal Stability and Electrical Reliability of HfO2 Film on Strained SiGe," Dapeng Xu, Li Wang, Xinhong Cheng, Dawei He, Zhaorei Song, Yuehui Yu,  Rare Metal Materials & Engineering; Aug. 2011, Vol. 40 Issue 8, p1344-1347. Elsevier Science. Oxford

"The properties of high-k gate dielectric films deposited on HRSOI," Xinhong Cheng, Dapeng Xu, Zhaorui Song, Dawei He, Yuehui Yu, Qingtai Zhao and Dashen Shen, Microelectronic Engineering, Vol. 86, Issue 12, pp. 2404-2407, 2009.

"Characterization of gadolinium oxide film by pulse laser deposition," Xinhong Cheng, Dapeng Xu, Zhaorui Song, Dawei He, Yuehui Yu, Qingtai Zhao, Dashen Shen, Applied Surface Science, Vol. 256, Issue 3, pp. 921-923, 2009.

"Interfacial and Electrical Characterization of HfO2 Gate Dielectric Film with a Blocking Layer of Al2O3,” Xinhong Cheng, Dawei He, Zhaorui Song, Yuehui Yu, Dashen Shen, Rare Metal Materials and Engineering, Vol. 38, Issue 2, pp. 189-192, 2009.

"Engineering of interfacial layer between HfAl2O5 dielectric film and Si with a Ti-capping layer," Xinhong Cheng, Zhaorui Song, Yumei Xing, Yuehui Yu and Dashen Shen, Thin Solid Films, Vol. 517, pp. 462-464, 2008

"Influence of preparing process on total-dose radiation response of high-k Hf-based gate dielectrics," Zhaorui Song, Xinhong Cheng, Enxia Zhang, Yumei Xing, Yuehui Yu, Zhengxuan Zhang, Xi Wang and Dashen Shen, Thin Solid Films, Vol. 517, pp. 465-467, 2008.

"The effect of blocking layer of Al2O3 on thermal stability and electrical properties of HfO2 dielectric films deposited on SiGe layer," Xinhong Cheng, Dawei He, Zhaorui Song, Yuehui Yu and Dashen Shen, Microelectronic Engineering, Vol. 85, pp. 1888-1891, 2008.

"Influence of nitrogen element on total-dose radiation response of high-k Hf-based dielectric films," Z.R. Song, X.H. Cheng, E.X. Zhang, Y.M. Xing, Q.W. Shen, Y.H. Yu, Z.X. Zhang, X. Wang and D.S. Shen, Nucl. Inst. Meth B. Vol. 257, p. 501-504, 2007.

"Interfacial structures and electrical properties of HfAl2O5 gate dielectric film annealed with a Ti capping layer," Xinhong Cheng, Li Wan, Zhaorui Song, Yuehui Yu and Dashen Shen, Appl. Phys Lett, vol. 90, 152910, 2007.