Abbie (Carlstein) Gregg ’74 remembers quitting wearing gloves in his previous research at MIT. There was not enough to meet her, at a time when undergraduate men were more likely to be women in schools 15 to 1. However, it was the first time she met other women who were interested in technology and expertise – and quickly found a home at the Metallurgy department. now Materials Science and Engineering). Forty years later, Gregg set to work on whitewashed rooms and semiconductor facilities and conducted research around the world.
At MIT, Gregg was attracted to semiconductors. In his opinion, he and his colleagues sent tiny particles into the air at NASA’s Skylab to test the theory that gravity causes instability in the growth of the crystal, which he predicted would lead to corruption in the region as chips began to harden. “We restored the crystals to Earth and measured them, and for sure, they were the same,” he recalls; Meanwhile, those who grew up on Earth “had all these differences.” Gregg will later look at the project as a “thinking test” for an aerospace company that specializes in aeronautical equipment.
After MIT, Gregg worked at Fairchild Semiconductor to improve his design. Through interviews with staff, “I became interested in the construction site, and improved human resources and productivity,” he says.
Gregg began developing semiconductor machines, after nearly 10 years as a “starting junkie” in various companies before the establishment of Abbie Gregg, Inc. The company completed another 850 projects, mainly for universities, factories, and government agencies, before being purchased in the 2019 Writer AM technical Solutions (of which Gregg is now a senior professional). They strive to create a safe, functional, and fun environment, with lots of windows and natural light. “People don’t put windows in white rooms because they say ‘We don’t want to inspect industrial events,’ said Gregg. “But if a clean room does not look good, there is something wrong with it; it is not well maintained or well maintained.”
One of Gregg’s favorite projects took him back to where he started: MIT. He designed and designed the whitewashed rooms and labs at MIT.nano, MIT’s new nanotech research facility. As soon as it was opened, he went to school to meet the 45th in 2019. “I stopped and saw the graduates looking around the house and showing their parents,” he recalls. “That’s a very strange feeling. This is my legacy.”