Arjun Aryal, a Ph.D. candidate at in the Optical Sciences and Engineering program at The University of New Mexico, has been awarded first place for the 2023 Intel Supply Chain Award for Best Student Paper announced recently at the 2023 SPIE Advanced Lithography + Patterning Conference held in San Jose, Calif.


Aryal was the lead author on a paper titled “Realization of High-Q Lamb Wave Resonator with Smooth Vertical Etching Profile for Thin Film Lithium Niobate,” which explores the use of a high-quality etched profile of the lithium niobate material system to develop high-performance acoustic resonators for sensing applications. The research was conducted under the guidance of Tito Busani, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

"I am honored to receive this award and grateful for the opportunity to present my research at the SPIE conference," Aryal said. "I would like to thank my supervisor Dr. Tito Busani for his excellent guidance and support throughout this project.”

This award is given to students based on their ability to present and explain their work orally as well as the technical excellence of the subsequent manuscript. It comes with a prize money of $1,500 and an award certificate.