People in clean room attire work together in the MiNDS lab.

Micro-Nanoscale Device and Systems Lab

Our MiNDS Laboratory provides opportunities for multidisciplinary teams of students and faculty to tackle projects and coursework spanning the fields of material science, chemical detection, optics, power generation and micro-electrical-mechanical systems.
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About the lab

Welcome to the MiNDS facility where we trick “glass” into thinking, moving, and trapping light. Otherwise known as semiconductor devices, MEMS devices and photonic devices. At least seven different courses utilize the MiNDS facilities. These courses are all for undergraduates (you can use the cleanroom as a freshman!).

Since its inception in 2002, the MiNDS program has grown both in size and in scope. Currently, multidisciplinary teams of faculty and students are involved in a wide variety of micro and nanoscale technology-related projects and coursework spanning the fields of material science, chemical detection, optics, power generation and bio-micro-electrical-mechanical systems.

Research & Courses

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Courses

A freshman Engineering Physics course is open to all majors in the spring. Two Sophomore/junior level nano-engineering courses use the cleanroom extensively for nanofabrication and self-assembly. Two MEMS courses and related projects 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 micro technology to a general undergraduate audience. Two junior/senior-level semiconductor courses use the cleanroom to grow BJTs and FETs.
 
People in clean room attire examine a metal disc.

Research

A number of research projects both within the areas of micro/nanoscale technology and pedagogy are ongoing at the MiNDS laboratory.

Dr. Scott Kirkpatrick

Dr. Scott Kirkpatrick

Director of Micro-Nanoscale Devices and Systems (MiNDS) Facilities and Associate Professor of Physics & Optical Engineering

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Contact Us

MiNDS Laboratory
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803

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