AVS Southern California Chapter 
Short Course Program

The Southern California Chapter of AVS (SCCAVS) is hosting an IN PERSON, two (2) AVS Short Courses in conjunction with their Exhibit and Technical Keynote speakers, October 10-12, 2022, at the Doubletree by Hilton Buena Park (formerly Holiday Inn Buena Park), in Buena Park, CA. 

An Overview of Applied Vacuum Technology

Date: Monday-Tuesday, October 10-11, 2022
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.

Controlling Contamination in Vacuum Systems

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Time: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. PDT
This course addresses three phases of in-chamber contamination: gases, films, and particulates. The origin of these contaminants and methods of eliminating them are discussed. The emphasis is on defining the level of control required and identifying the appropriate procedures necessary to establish that control. There will also be discussion on the environment that must be achieved in the chamber and how it is related to the vacuum system operating and maintenance procedures and the environment outside the chamber.

Instructor Biography

Tim Gessert
Managing Member
Gessert Consulting , LLC

Timothy Gessert is the 2022 President of the American Vacuum Society (AVS).  He is also Principal Scientist and 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)

  • Group Discounts Available - Participants must be taking the same course(s) - Contact Heather Korff, heather@avs.org

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, angela@avs.org for your discount code or to upgrade to Platinum.

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AVS National Short Course Program (Online)
September/October 2022
Platform: Zoom

  • Analysis of Mass Spectrometer (RGA) Spectra
  • Atomic Layer Etching
  • Basics of Radio Frequency Technology
  • Controlling Contamination in Vacuum Pumping Systems
  • Plasma Etching and RIE: Fundamentals and Applications (2 days)
  • Sputter Deposition
  • Vacuum System Leak Detection and Basic Troubleshooting



AVS Mid-Atlantic Chapter Short Course Program (Virtual)
November 21, 2022
Platform: Zoom 

  • Atomic Layer Deposition


AVS Courses by Request
If you are interested in seeing an AVS Short Course offered in 2022 please complete the AVS Courses by Request form.

AVS Onsite/Online Training
Do your employees need training now? Are budgets tight? Let AVS bring our short courses and qualified instructors to your organization during these tough economic times via Zoom. Please complete the AVS Onsite/Online Training request form to receive a proposal.

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August 3, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Dr. Lily M. Wang

AVS e-Talk: Heterogeneous Integration for mmWave Wireless Communication Systems
September 28, 2022
1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Madhavan Swaminathan

AVS e-Talk: Design, Realization, Applications of Gas and Ion Separations Materials
November 16, 2022
1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
Instructor: Tina Nenoff


Have an Idea for an AVS e-Talk?

Matthew Jordan
AVS e-Talk Chair

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David Adams
AVS Short Course Comittee Chair

More coming soon! Stay tuned.