Engineering undergraduate wins prestigious paper award, will present findings about radiation effects on electronics at conference in France

Isabella Wynocker will travel to Toulouse, France in September to present her work on radiation effects on memory drives in space environments as the only undergraduate researcher of five authors to win best student abstract awards for RADECS 2023. 

The RADiation and its Effects on Components and Systems Conference (RADECS) is an annual international European scientific and industrial forum on radiation and its effects on electronics and photonic materials, devices, circuits, sensors and systems. As part of her award, Wynocker will have access to the Short Course and Technical Program of the weeklong conference. 

Isabella Wynocker

“Bella is an incredible undergraduate student, a rising senior, and an intelligent researcher,” said her mentor Enxia Zhang, research associate professor of electrical engineering and materials science. “I can’t express how proud I am of her.” Wynocker, an electrical and computer engineering major, is also mentored by Olin H. Landreth Professor of Engineering Dan Fleetwood, and her work was supported by the SyBBURE Searle Undergraduate Research Program at Vanderbilt where Wynocker serves as an Undergraduate Research Fellow.  

“I’m grateful for Dr. Zhang, Dr. Fleetwood, SyBBURE, and everyone who has helped me pursue research at Vanderbilt, and I’m very excited to present my research at RADECS this September,” said Wynocker, who is a summer intern at Blue Origin where she is continuing to work on radiation effects on electronics. She will join the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory (VADL) in the fall and become a member of the Vanderbilt rocket team.

Wynocker’s award-winning paper, “Random Telegraph Noise and Radiation Response of 80 nm Vertical Charge-Trapping NAND Flash Memory Devices with SiON Tunneling Oxide,” is her second major paper working with Zhang.  

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