2018 Winter Topical Meeting

Precision Engineering for Micro and Nanotechnology

Thursday – Friday, February 1-2, 2018
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, USA

Meeting Chairperson:
Robert M. Panas, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Call for Papers

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Overview of the Meeting

The American Society for Precision Engineering’s Micro-Nano Technical Leadership Committee (ASPE MNTLC) is hosting a winter technical conference to review the current state-of-the-art in the application of precision engineering principles of deterministic engineering to micro and nanotechnologies. The precision micro/nano field is defined by a specific focus on resolving or exploiting small-scale dependent issues that occur in the standard fields of precision engineering (manufacturing, assembly, motion, metrology, design, etc). This meeting will feature the following:

  • oral technical paper presentations
  • reviews of the state of the art of the various areas of the application of precision engineering to micro and nanotechnologies
  • lightning session presentations by all attendees to facilitate networking
  • technical tours of the lab facilities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The meeting will provide many opportunities for learning, networking, and recruiting. Participants from academia, industry, and national labs are encouraged to submit short abstracts of their work to help facilitate interactive discussions during the conference.

The conference will be held at LLNL in Livermore CA on Thursday Feb 1st and Friday Feb 2nd, timed to coincide with the end of Photonics West in San Francisco CA. The Thursday night pre-conference socialization will be combined with tours of LLNL and an evening welcoming dinner. The Friday schedule will contain the main conference, compressed to a single day to maximize usefulness to attendees. Sessions and presentations will kick off Friday morning, with an opportunity for each attendee to present on their group’s focus during lightning sessions, interspaced with featured presentations. This will provide all attendees the ability to sample the state-of-the-art and identify connections to follow up on during the afternoon open poster session, including vendors, academics and national laboratory members.

Participation is limited to 60.

Abstracts are being solicited in the following broad areas:

  • Micro/Nano Manufacturing Processes including Micro‐additive Manufacturing
  • Micro/Nanoscale Assembly
  • Micro/Nanometrology
  • Precision Controls for Micro/Nano Devices
  • Design for Micro/Nano Precision
  • Mechanical Metamaterials

Abstract Submission Instructions

  • Deadline for abstract submission: November 20, 2017

Use the ASPE Template to prepare your abstract. Abstracts can be up to 2 pages. Download the template and an example. The abstract must be in PDF format and can include images, tables and equations if applicable. Abstracts should include sufficient detail to demonstrate relevance to the topics listed in the Call for Abstracts for this Meeting.

How to be a Presenter

There are two tiers of involvement in the conference.

  • The first tier is lightning session presenter. At this tier, the lightning session presenter will generate a single lightning session slide as a ‘business card’ to describe his/her group’s focus area, to be submitted by January 15, 2018. Each lighting session presenter will be given up to 3 minutes for an introduction using this slide to the community, and the slides will be gathered up as an index in the conference proceedings. Templates for this introduction slide will be provided to all registered lightning session attendees after December 15, 2017. Here is what you need to do to be considered for a lightning session presenter:
    • Register for the Meeting by December 15, 2017
    • Submit a lightning slide by January 15, 2018 (instructions on where to send will follow)
  • The second tier of involvement is a 15 minute presenter AND a lightning session presenter. In this tier the presenter will prepare BOTH the lightning session slide described for the first tier and a 15 minute presentation on his/her technical work. To be considered for this tier, the presenter must submit an abstract by November 20, 2017, (see link below). No extended abstracts will be necessary. Here is what you need to do to be considered for a 15 minute presentation:
    • Submit an abstract by November 20, 2017 (see link below)
    • If you are chosen as a 15 minute presenter, you will be notified by December 1, 2017.
    • Register for the Meeting by December 15, 2017 (see link below)
    • Submit a lightning slide by January 15, 2018 (instructions on where to send will follow)

Registration Deadline for Lightning Session Attendees, 15 Minute Presenters and Full Access Attendees

All lightning session attendees and 15 minute presenters who register by December 15, 2017 will be eligible for the LLNL tours, as well as provided with space to set up a poster (4 feet x 4 feet) or demonstration hardware (3 feet long of wall space) at their request. Please note your needs in the on-line registration form.   Attendees registering after December 15, 2017 will not be guaranteed a spot on the tour, the lightning session or space for poster/hardware.

Key Dates

  • November 20, 2017
    Deadline for abstract submission if you want to be considered for a 15 minute presentation
  • December 1, 2017
    15 minute presenter notification of acceptance
  • December 15, 2017
    Deadline for full access registration (first and second tier)
  • January 15, 2018
    Deadline for lightning talk slides (first and second tier)


Submit the pdf-formatted abstract via the on-line portal.

Register for the Meeting via the on-line portal.