Andrew Hankin, SU Physics Alumni '13, Earned his PhD in Physics from Georgetown

Andrew Hankins with his dog
October 31, 2019

Andrew Hankins graduated from Seattle University in the spring of 2013 with a BS in Physics and a minor in mathematics. While at SU he did research with Dr. Joanne Hughes and Dr. Woo-joong Kim. 

After graduating from SU Hankins moved to Washington DC in August of 2013 to begin the industrial leadership in physics PhD program at Georgetown University. 

In August of 2015 Andrew received his master in physics and went on to spend 2016 working at Scientific and Biomedical Microsystems as the site for his industrial internship, a component of the PhD program at Georgetown designed to provide students with industrial research experience. While at SBM he developed a chemical sensor program for the company to explore rapid integrated sensor prototyping and sensor characterization for chemical warfare and explosives detection. 

In January of 2017 Hankins returned to Georgetown University to work on his dissertation research exploring the effect of defects on the sensing mechanism of carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNTFETs). Two years of research lead to the discovery that defects, particularly vacancy defects, are a critical component of the sensing mechanism of CNTFETs. This result adds to an almost three decade debate over CNTFET sensing. 

In February of 2019 Andrew successfully defended his dissertation and in May, graduated and started a job as a Process Integration Engineer in the Logic and Technology Development group at Intel in Hillsboro, OR. Dr. Andrew Hankins and his wife Laura are excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest along with their two cats and new dog.