Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering ME


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Katie Beczak
585-475-6768, kmbges@rit.edu


Department Contact

Robert Pearson, Ph.D.
585-475-2923, repemc@rit.edu


Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Full-time = fall; Part-time = Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam None
Other
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
IELTS 6.5
PTE Academic 58

 

Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The master of engineering in microelectronics manufacturing engineering provides a broad-based education for students who are interested in a career in the semiconductor industry and hold a bachelor’s degree in traditional engineering or other science disciplines.

Program outcomes

After completing the program, students will be able to:

  • Design and understand a sequence of processing steps to fabricate a solid state device to meet a set of geometric, electrical, and/or processing parameters.
  • Analyze experimental electrical data from a solid state device to extract performance parameters for comparison to modeling parameters used in the device design.
  • Understand current lithographic materials, processes, and systems to meet imaging and/or device patterning requirements.
  • Understand the relevance of a process or device, either proposed or existing, to current manufacturing practices.
  • Perform in a microelectronic engineering environment, as evidenced by an internship.
  • Appreciate the areas of specialty in the field of microelectronics, such as device engineering, circuit design, lithography, materials and processes, and yield and manufacturing.

Plan of study

This 30 credit hour program is awarded upon the successful completion of six core courses, two elective courses, two research methods seminars, and an internship, or six core courses, three elective courses, and three research methods seminars. Under certain circumstances, a student may be required to complete bridge courses totaling more than the minimum number of credits. Students complete courses in microelectronics, microlithography, and manufacturing.

Microelectronics

The microelectronics courses cover major aspects of integrated circuit manufacturing technology, such as oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, chemical vapor deposition, metalization, plasma etching, etc. These courses emphasize modeling and simulation techniques as well as hands-on laboratory verification of these processes. Students use special software tools for these processes. In the laboratory, students design and fabricate silicon MOS integrated circuits, learn how to utilize semiconductor processing equipment, develop and create a process, and manufacture and test their own integrated circuits.

Microlithography

The microlithography courses are advanced courses in the chemistry, physics, and processing involved in microlithography. Optical lithography is studied through diffraction, Fourier, and image-assessment techniques. Scalar diffraction models are utilized to simulate aerial image formation and influences of imaging parameters. Positive and negative resist systems as well as processes for IC application are studied. Advanced topics include chemically amplified resists; multiple-layer resist systems; phase-shift masks; and electron beam, X-ray, and deep UV lithography. Laboratory exercises include projection-system design, resist-materials characterization, process optimization, and electron-beam lithography.

Manufacturing

The manufacturing courses include topics such as scheduling, work-in-progress tracking, costing, inventory control, capital budgeting, productivity measures, and personnel management. Concepts of quality and statistical process control are introduced. The laboratory for this course is a student-run factory functioning within the department. Important issues such as measurement of yield, defect density, wafer mapping, control charts, and other manufacturing measurement tools are examined in lectures and through laboratory work. Computer-integrated manufacturing also is studied in detail. Process modeling, simulation, direct control, computer networking, database systems, linking application programs, facility monitoring, expert systems applications for diagnosis and training, and robotics are supported by laboratory experiences in the integrated circuit factory. The program is also offered online for engineers employed in the semiconductor industry.

Internship

The program requires students to complete an internship. This option involves a structured and supervised work experience that enables students to gain job-related skills that assist them in achieving their desired career goals.

An internship may be taken any time after the completion of the first semester, and may be designed in a number of ways. At the conclusion of the internship, submission of a final internship report to the faculty adviser and program director is required.

Curriculum

Microelectronics manufacturing engineering, ME degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MCEE-601 Microelectronic Fabrication 3
MCEE-605 Lithography Materials and Processes 3
MCEE-603 Thin Films 3
MCEE-795 Microelectronics Research Methods 1
MCEE-732 Microelectronics Manufacturing 3
MCEE-602 VLS Process Modeling 3
MCEE-615 Nanolithography Systems 3
MCEE-795 Microelectronics Research Methods 1
MCEE-777 Microelectronic Engineering Internship 4
  Graduate Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

 

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the ME program in microelectronic manufacturing engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in engineering or a related field.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Candidates applying with a bachelor’s degree in non-electrical or non-microelectronic engineering fields may be considered for admission, however they may be required to complete additional bridge courses to ensure they are adequately prepared for graduate study.

 


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