The technical structure of AVS is organized as a matrix. Members can participate in one or more Divisions or Technical Groups, each of which is focused around a major topical area. Members may also participate in Chapters and Student Chapters, which are regional organizations that focus on local area needs.

Vacuum Technology - Ask the Experts


The AVS Vacuum Technology Division runs an Ask-the-Expert booth at the AVS Symposium every year which allows scientists, engineers and technicians with vacuum specific problems or questions to connect with experts in that field. Ask-the-Experts is an unbiased forum resourced with renown experts in the field of vacuum technology that can help solve many vacuum related problems. This yearly event is sponsored by leading companies in the field of vacuum technology but the teachings and opinions provided by the group are always free of any commercial interest. Visit the Ask-the-Experts booth to brainstorm solutions to your current problems and to network with other members of the vacuum technology community. 


Past Questions have included:

  • “What can I do to make my vacuum system pump down faster”
  • “How will a fingerprint in a vacuum chamber affect my ultimate pressure?”
  • "What pressure gauge technology is best suited for my vacuum system?"
  • "What is the best way to find a leak?"

At AVS 62 (Oct. 2015), speaking to our experts automatically entered you in a drawing to win an ipad. 
Our winner was Lance Hubbard from The University of Arizona.

At AVS-69 the Magdeburg hemispheres attracted conference attendees to the Ask-the-Expert booth.
Attendees could try to break the vacuum by pulling the hemispheres apart and enter a raffle.
The cash prize was won by Thijs Janssen, a student of Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

If you have any questions regarding the Ask-the-Expert booth or are interested in being put in contact with an expert, please email the Ask-the-Expert coordinator (