Cumberland University


Saile to Lecture on Micro-, Nanotechnologies in European Union

On Tuesday, April 15, Cumberland University will hold the fourth in a series of five internet-based seminars focused on the impact science and technology have on our lives through their ever-growing influence on business and healthcare.

Under the direction of CU President Dr. Harvill C. Eaton, the fourth installment of the well-received series will connect Cumberland University with Dr. Volker Saile, mechanical engineering professor and director of the Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT) at Universitat Karlsruhe in Germany. Saile will take part in the seminar, entitled "Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Novel Applications and Products -- What's Happening in the European Union," via a live web video link.

Dr. Saile's research has focused on Microsystems technology, including nano- and microfabrication of components and applications of such components in optics, fluidics and analytics. He is particularly interested in applications of synchrotron radiation in X-ray lithography and in X-ray optical devices and systems.

Dr. Saile received his Ph.D. in physics from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munchen in 1976. From 1989 until 1998, he served as professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the J. Bennet Johnston Sr. Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices at Louisiana State University.

"This series of seminars has really captured the attention of participating lecturers, our students and guests. Since it began, we've learned of incredible breakthroughs in everything from medicine to the video gaming industry," Eaton remarked. "For anyone with an interest in the possibilities technology represents for the future of our world, this series is a must-see."

The "Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Novel Applications and Products -- What's Happening in the European Union" seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 15 from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. in Room 130 of Labry Hall on the CU campus. Along with Cumberland students, faculty and staff, the lecture is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission.

To view highlights from previous "Science, Technology & Us" seminars, please visit Cumberland University's YouTube channel at