Southern California Chapter of AVS Short Course Program

The Southern California Chapter of AVS (SCCAVS) is planning to return and host, IN PERSON, two (2) AVS Short Courses in conjunction with their Exhibit and Technical Keynote speakers, September 27-29, 2021, at the Holiday Inn Buena Park, in Buena Park, CA. 

COVID-19 Awareness

SCCAVS recognizes the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact face-to-face meetings. We anticipate seeing you in Buena Park, CA, and we will continue to comply with COVID-19 guidelines (local, state, and federal). As a result, all meeting plans are subject to change to stay in compliance with these COVID-19 guidelines. Additional details will be made available as the event draws closer.

An Overview of Applied Vacuum Technology

Date: Monday-Tuesday, September 27-28, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. PDT
The course begins with a definition of vacuum and a description of the physical conditions existing in a vacuum environment. Following this introduction will be a discussion of gases at low pressures and the interactions between gases and solids. The phenomena of gas flow though vacuum systems will then be examined. The primary components of vacuum systems, with an emphasis on pumps and gauges, will be described.

Vacuum System Design

Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. PDT
This course deals with the principal aspects of system design, including materials selection, fabrication techniques, pump selection, sizing pumps and vacuum piping to a chamber, determining pumpdown time, leak rate specification, and surface preparation procedures. Methods for determining ultimate pressures are also discussed.

Instructor Biography

Tim Gessert
Managing Member
Gessert Consulting , LLC

Timothy Gessert is the Managing Member of Gessert Consulting, LLC (Conifer, Colorado, USA), and a former/retired Principal Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Tim received degrees in physics from University of Wisconsin - River Falls (B.Sc, 1982), Colorado School of Mines (M.Sc, 1984), and University of Wales - College of Cardiff (Ph.D, 1996).  His 35+ years of research includes synthesis and characterization for photovoltaic and other thin films including GaAs, InP, Si, CuInGaSe2, CdTe, and transparent conducting oxides (TCOs).  Interests also include mentoring graduate students from institutions such as Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of Toledo, Vanderbilt University, and University of Illinois at Chicago.  Tim has collaboratively published over 230 papers, 6 book chapters, and has over 30 awarded or pending U.S. patents.  He is active in developing and teaching short courses for various institutions and societies as related Vacuum Technology, Contamination Control, Transparent Conducting Oxides, and Thin-Film Photovoltaics.  Tim has been a long-term member of the American Vacuum Society (AVS), Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC), the Materials Research Society (MRS), the IEEE, and the Institute of Physics (IOP).  He has served on numerous Conference Committees and Editorial Boards, and is an Associate Editor of the scientific journal Thin Solid Films.

Course Cost

Cost Per Course:
  • AVS Platinum Member
    $945 (2-day course); $615 (1-day course)

  • AVS Gold or Silver Member-Click Here to Upgrade to Platinum Now and Save All Year
    $1,020 (2-day course); $690 (1-day course)
  • Non-Member
    $1,020 (2-day course); $690 (1-day course) 

  • Full-time Student/Requires Student I.D.
    $200 (2-day course); $100 (1-day course)

Each course includes printed course notes. 

Times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Check your timezone!

Save with AVS Membership

Save $75 per AVS Short Course with an AVS Platinum Membership. The savings from just two courses is equivalent to the price of an AVS Platinum Membership, which provides discounts on conferences/short courses as well as access to the AVS publications and technical libraries, career services, and more. Don’t miss out on these savings. Contact Angela Klink, AVS Member Services Administrator, for your discount code or to upgrade to Platinum.

Other AVS Events

AVS National Short Course Program
September 14-23, 2021
Platform: Zoom

  • 7 AVS Short Courses (Virtual Program)


AVS Mid-Atlantic Chapter Short Course Program
November 11, 2021
Platform: Zoom

  • 1 AVS Short Course (Virtual Program) 


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