As the nation's leader in undergraduate engineering, math and science education, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology continually seeks to push the boundaries of the student's experience. In 2002 multi-disciplinary team of faculty from several different departments acquired a $400,000 W. M. Keck Foundation grant to launch a program to teach micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology to undergraduate students. The original grant was supplemented by equipment donations from ON Semiconductor and the renovation of a cleanspace by the Institute, which brought a hands-on lab component to the program.
The courses and related projects developed by the team are available to all undergraduate technical majors of junior class standing regardless of specific discipline, making the program one of the first efforts to bring the micro technology to a general undergraduate audience.
Since the time of the original grant the program has grown both in size and in scope. Currently multi-disciplinary teams of faculty and students are involved in a wide variety of micro and nano technology related projects and course work spanning the fields of material science, chemical detection, optics, power generation and Bio-MEMS.
a multidisciplinary, problem-solving experience available to all RHIT students through courses and hands-on laboratories in fabrication, characterization and modeling of micro/nano devices and systems,
a facility that will allow research opportunities for students and faculty in the area of micro/nano technology, and
support and facilitate access for faculty members who wish to incorporate micro/nano technology topics into their courses.