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Review of UK training initiatives for microsystems technology
Author(s): David W. L. Tolfree; Malcolm McCormick; Eric Chowanietz; Robert B. Yates
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Paper Abstract

The rapidly growing markets for new microproducts is placing increasing demands on industry and the research community for graduates with both interdisciplinary skills and specialized knowledge. To meet this challenge a range of courses in microsystems technology have been and are being developed by universities, research centers and companies worldwide. In this paper the general characteristics of training courses and programs from a UK perspective are outlined. One example is given of a university based modular masters degree course which gives students a basic understanding of silicon and non-silicon fabrication technologies and major design and assembly issues. Design and simulation is introduced in a practical way, via commercial finite element analysis and electromagnetic/electrostatic computer aided design exercises. The importance of design-for-manufacture is implicit and is a central theme in the course project. Another course currently at the design stage, has a slightly different emphasis but with similar underlying principles, is outlined. A mechanisms is also described of how training for industry can be facilitated through knowledge and technology transfer to companies by means of an industry- academic network.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3894, Education in Microelectronics and MEMS, (29 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.364524
Show Author Affiliations
David W. L. Tolfree, Faraday Foresight North West Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Malcolm McCormick, De Montfort Univ. (United Kingdom)
Eric Chowanietz, De Montfort Univ. (United Kingdom)
Robert B. Yates, Sheffield Hallam Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3894:
Education in Microelectronics and MEMS
Fred Payne; M. Parameswaran, Editor(s)

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