Colombian students and professors
In the left background are Colombian students; at center facing right is
Tony Sayka speaking with Efrain Solarte, who heads the Universidad del
Valle optics group.

Physics graduate seeks Colombian collaborations

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 19, 2007)--With increasing interest in UTSA's joint master's and doctoral degree program in physics, UTSA alumni are doing their part to promote the emerging program internationally.

Last month, Tony Sayka, who earned a bachelor's degree in physics and an M.B.A. from UTSA, met with Universidad del Valle students in Cali, Colombia, to discuss UTSA nanotechnology research projects and collaborations.

"They were very interested in my return trip planned for January and wanted to know if they could come to Texas to complete their graduate and doctoral studies," said Sayka. "I was very impressed with their large physics department which includes optics, superconducting films and semiconductor research."

Sayka is a process engineer with Maxim Integrated Products of San Antonio and remains active in UTSA research, working with Dhiraj Sardar in his 1604 Campus laser lab. Sardar is the 2007 recipient of the five-year Ashbel Smith Distinguished Professorship in Physics and Astronomy.

Working with two former graduate students, Sayka and Sardar patented a process for an efficient method of wafer cleaning using ultrasonic energy.

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