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New Doctoral Program In Microsystems Engineering

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2003 Annual Conference

Location

Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

New Approaches in Engineering Curriculum

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4

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8.875.1 - 8.875.4

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https://peer.asee.org/11428

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Mustafa Abushagur

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Harvey J. Palmer

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Session 3460

New Doctoral Program in Microsystems Engineering

Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, Harvey J. Palmer

Kate Gleason College of Engineering Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 14623 maaeen@rit.edu

Abstract

This paper describes the new doctoral program in Microsystems Engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The program is intended to address the need for training engineers and researchers in the emerging fields of microsystems and nanotechnology. The program is designed to cater to incoming students with diverse backgrounds, to prepare the students for new challenges in the workplace, and to provide a curriculum with strong multidisciplinary foundation that can evolve with changing technology. The new curriculum consists of a set of core courses and several focus research areas. It provides students with extensive hands-on experience, a comprehensive experience in teamwork and technical communication, and the opportunity to exercise and develop their creativity and innovation.

I. Introduction

The integration of entire systems into micron scale devices and the sensing technology to interface these devices to the real world is and will be core disciplines required for next generation technology. Within the past decade, microsystems (micro-optical, micro- electrical, and micro-mechanical systems) have emerged as a critical technology worldwide. A microsystem is an ensemble of integrated components, the functionality of which derives from micron-size (or smaller) elements that collectively perform mechanical, electrical, optical, logical, and even biological functions. Microsystems technology will integrate small computer chips with tiny sensors, probes, lasers, and actuators to allow the chip to sense, analyze, and communicate. It is an enabling technology that will add functionality and reduce cost in many product applications, particularly in the areas of telecommunications, imaging, electronics and biomedical diagnostics and treatment. In short, micro-scale devices and systems will be smaller, faster, cheaper, and more reliable than their macroscopic counterparts. The need within the international scientific and engineering communities for engineers trained in microsystems has prompted Rochester Institute of Technology to combine resources and create the Doctoral Program in Microsystems Engineering. The educational program prepares students and future engineers and researchers with the scientific and engineering foundations and skills required to fill-in the gap in the market place. This multidisciplinary degree provides the student with a fundamental background in sciences

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Abushagur, M., & Palmer, H. J. (2003, June), New Doctoral Program In Microsystems Engineering Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/11428

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