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SIT-Summer Institute in Taiwan
Academic Exchange & Cultural Experience in Taiwan
Remarks by Dr. Wei-Li Lee (李偉立) for Ben Jawdat

We are very happy to host Mr. Ben Jawdat from University of Houston USA for his summer internship via SIT program. For nearly two months term as a summer intern in my lab, Ben is involved in the project of atomic layer-by-layer growth of oxide epitaxial thin film by oxide molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technique, which is one of the most challenging and difficult apparatus in my lab requiring long training period before one can operate independently. I am very much impressed by his quick learning on new things. He can always make good points in a group discussion that can really solve the problem. One particular example is about the determination of strain in a grown epitaxial thin film, which is a very important physical parameter in

epitaxial thin films. Many interface phenomena can be affected by the strain inside the grown film. Ben independently and successfully extracted the strain information in a grown epitaxial oxide thin film from reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) images. He further set up a standard procedure to check on the strain relaxation and strain during the epitaxial thin film growth, which is very useful for our future analysis.

In addition, Ben is also a very nice and polite person to work with. He always keeps a smiling face while talking to people. He quickly blends into the group and starts to work coherently with other people in the group. I also like to express my gratitude for the SIT program to offer such a wonderful platform to let outstanding foreign students to work in Taiwan. Not only they can help on our research progress, but also their interactions with Taiwan local students have become a very positive influence to my group. I would be more than happy to continue supporting SIT program and host more summer interns in the near future.

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