Steve Blankenship is an Instrumentation Specialist in the Electron Physics Group in the CNST. He received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Mary Washington, and a M.S. degree in Physics from Virginia Commonwealth University for research in surface science. Steve is an expert on computer automated design (CAD) of experimental apparatus and instruments, including complex vacuum systems and custom vacuum components designed using the CoCreate CAD system OneSpace Designer. He has contributed to the design of many of the scientific apparatus in the CNST, ranging from cryogenic inserts to complex vacuum systems. Steve assists CNST staff with all phases of experiment design, and is equally comfortable building a whole system based on a rough sketch or helping with specific tasks such as producing shop drawings from a 3D model. While Steve's main expertise is in designing and building surface instrumentation and thin-film and molecular beam epitaxy systems, he also has a broad range of skills that can be applied to any experimental situation. His contributions to the CNST research program are widely acknowledged in CNST publications.
Electron Physics Group
B.S. Physics, University of Mary Washington
M.S. Physics, Virginia Commonwealth University