"Every Presentation Offers Something to Learn": Our Facilities Director's Take on AMC
Mauro Sardela, MRL Facilities Director, has been a driving force behind the Advanced Materials Characterization (AMC) Workshop for the last 12 years. The 2018 AMC Workshop is coming up on June 5thand 6th, so we caught up with Mauro on why he feels so strongly about the value AMC adds to attendees’ lives.
Mauro Sardela shares:
“AMC began as a way to leverage the expertise we have at MRL and provide visibility to what our users can expect with our facilities. We focus on practical aspects, which differentiates us from other seminars and workshops you can attend — we talk about theory, but we try to focus more on how you can look at the data and approach it. Through the years, the event has grown, and we’ve had researchers in attendance that found instruments and techniques they didn’t realize we offered, because they attended this event.
We try to make it useful for novice users and scientists, just starting, and people who have years of experience. Every presentation has something to offer, something you can learn from, regardless of your experience level. It’s a condensed opportunity to have a very large overview of the main techniques they will be using and looking at data produced. You’d spend a large number of hours in journals and textbooks to learn this information that you get here in two days.
The scope includes a very large variety of relevant topics — and we always focus on practical aspects, so people can data and results without any misinterpretation. This is why we have experts presenting. How to set up an instrument, how to streamline and maximize your time with the instruments, and the benefits of one technique over an over based on your unique situation — all of these are covered in one single event.
For people who have attended in the past, we have new topics, updates, and information every year and there is always something new to learn because there are always new developments."
Mauro will be covering a tutorial on X-Ray Analysis. He says, “I’m very passionate about using all sorts of media to enhance my presentations, so I always try to use video of instruments running, animations, diagrams, and other media to support the message. I strive to have a balance between deep, scientific content and an entertaining format. It’s a very vast field to cover in less than an hour, but I do so with practical aspects and comparative aspects for which technique is best for your situation.”
Register today to attend AMC at amc.mrl.illinois.edu.