By Matthew Chin

The Molecular and Nano Archaeology Laboratory (MNA) – a joint venture between the Department of Materials Science and The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, held its annual Best SEM (scanning electron microscope) Image Award ceremony on January 25, 2013.
The students’ images were taken with the lab’s SEM Nova Nano 230 (FEI).

First Place:
Jonathan Quan, Materials Science and Engineering
“Inspiration for the Tower of Babel”
SEM 1 2013
..SEM 2 2013
Quan with his MNA First Place Award
Second Place
Danielle Casillas, Materials Science and Engineering

“Robust Inverse Opal”
 SEM 3 2013
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SEM 4 2013
Sergey Prikhodko, director of the electron microscopy core, presents the MNA Second Place Award to Casillas
Third Place
Yuan-Wei Chang
, Materials Science and Engineering
“Micro-pillar of Magnesium Alloy for Micro-compression”
SEM 5 2013
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SEM 6 2013
Chang with his MNA third place award

FEI Tony Awards

Presented by Tony L. Carpenter, U.S. Sales Manager for FEI Company, which manufactured the lab’s SEM. The first place winner received a large luggage bag, embroidered with the FEI logo.

First Place:
Jonathan Quan, Materials Science and Engineering
“Inspiration for the Tower of Babel”
  SEM 7 2013
Carpenter presents the award to Quan

Second Place
Danielle Casillas, Materials Science and Engineering

“Inverse Opal Diving Board”
 SEM 8 2013
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SEM 9 2013
Carpenter presents the award to Casillas 
Third Place
Alireza Nazemi
, Biomedical Engineering
“Collagen on PBS”
 SEM 10 2013

 SEM 11 2013

Photo of the winners by the SEM Nova Nano (FEI) L to R: Chang, Casillas, Quan and Nazemi

Photos by the Materials Science and Engineering Department and Professor Christian Fischer, Materials Science and Engineering and UCLA/Getty Conservation Program