IC Fellows Cohort 2023


Adjunct Assistant Professor
Electrical, Computer + Systems Engineering (CSE)
Biomedical Engineering (CSE / SOM)
Research Investigator
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
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Dr. Allison Hess-Dunning teaches about the fabrication of the tiniest devices, such as semiconductors. The process is a complicated recipe of layering on and peeling off certain elements that either conduct or inhibit conduction, and the precise patterns determine the device’s functionality. 2-D circuit maps and cross-sections are typically used to describe process flows, however they can be difficult to follow especially for students relatively new to the field.

In the app developed during her fellowship year (SolidState), users are presented with a holographic bulk silicone substrate base and a repository of typical semiconductor parts (e.g., n-type and p-type wells.) Following a provided targeted circuit map, students build the semiconductor by adding in parts at various levels and locations. Eventually, Dr. Hess-Dunning imagines adding additional types of transistor devices and MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) and adding simulated current flow to test functionality.


The IC Fellows Cohort is Provost-sponsored initiative since 2022 to expand CWRU's homegrown mixed reality (MR) educational programming throughout the university in ways that benefit learners. This one-year fellowship is free and open to all CWRU faculty and staff. Once selected, Fellows meet weekly at the IC to become fluent in the application and best practices of MR as a teaching tool and receive support in the design, build, and execution of customized MR applications.