Garret Mckerricher


BSc. Carlton University, Canada, 2008
MSc. Carlton University, Canada, 2010
PhD student at KAUST since Spring, 2012.
Advisor: Prof. Atif Shamim
Lab : IMPACT Lab

W​​hy did you choose KAUST?

I was looking for a learning experience in all aspects, from the classes, facilities, and research, as well as a new experience in environment and lifestyle. In terms of funding, research tools, and labs, it’s difficult to compete with KAUST.

How is KAUST helping you fulfill your dream?

I work in a very multidisciplinary field involving electronics fabrication, high frequency measurement, organic and inorganic chemistry, and fluid mechanics. Having the supervision, expertise, and a variety of research labs available within a few hundred feet provides a big advantage. Because the University is physically isolated from other research institutions, there is a real cooperative spirit and sense of community here. My supervisor has given me connections that have allowed me to intern and work with top-ranked research institutions worldwide.

What is your research topic?

I am working on printed electronics fabrication. We use materials such as tin, zinc, silver, and plastics to make electronics with an inkjet printer.

What are your research accomplishments so far?​

I was chosen to present for the International Microwave Symposium 2013 course on radio frequency printed electronics.
​Conference paper: Garret McKerricher, Jose M. González, Atif Shamim. "All Inkjet Printed Microwave Capacitors and Inductors with Vias" (accepted paper for the International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Seattle, May 2013).

What do you think about the KAUST environment and social life?​

I thought I had experienced diverse universities before, but at KAUST it's the norm to have every single person in a group from a different country. This is a great opportunity to develop unlikely friendships. It is also easy to focus at KAUST, as you’re not distracted by bills, traffic, and hockey playoffs. You can participate in a variety of sports on campus, including rugby, cricket, and hockey. There are always student activities locally and trips being planned around Saudi Arabia to historic sites, events in the cities, and even to massive oil operations in the desert. The Red Sea also offers scuba diving, wind surfing, and fishing. Overall, being at KAUST is a very unique experience.  ​