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NUANCE: Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center

Homewood Flossmoor Students Come to NUANCE

On Friday April 13th, students from Homewood Flossmoor High School came to NUANCE to see the SEM facilities of EPIC in action. The students arrived in Cook Hall where they were introduced to SEM Manager Karl Hagglund, who then showed them EPIC’s S3400 microscope. Mr. Hagglund demonstrated the instrument’s capabilities by showing partial images of insects and microchips and having the students guess what the whole image could be. The students enjoyed the experience, and Mr. Hagglund was very pleased with their enthusiasm.


“It is always a pleasure to host a group of students,” he said. “I was thrilled to tell the group that the technology we were demonstrating is available to freshmen at Northwestern as part of MSE 190.  The students seemed surprised and happy to learn that the SEM is part of undergraduate instruction at Northwestern.”


SEM Manager Karl Hagglund (sitting) explains to students how an instrument at EPIC functions.


A group of students examine an image taken from an SEM. 


Karl Hagglund operating an SEM.