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The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science Program in Microelectronic Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology is designed to prepare students for employment in the semiconductor industry, in associated industries and government agencies. The curriculum also prepares students for graduate studies in related disciplines.
The program educational objectives (PEO) for the Microelectronic Engineering program are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments and attributes that the Microelectronic Engineering program is preparing graduates to achieve. The Microelectronic Engineering program faculty in conjunction with its constituents has established the following program educational objectives for each of its students:
PEO I - A Firm Foundation in the Fundamentals – Produce Engineering Professionals with a sound knowledge of the scientific principles involved in the operation, design, and fabrication of integrated circuits.
PEO II - A Knowledge of Relevant Technologies – A comprehensive understanding of integrated circuit process integration and manufacturing, including microlithography and the application of engineering principles to the design and development of current and future semiconductor technologies.
PEO III - A Professional Approach to Problem Solving – An ability to use one’s analytical, academic, and communication skills effectively, with special emphasis on working in teams.
PEO IV - An Enthusiasm for Learning – An interest in continuous improvement of skills throughout one’s career by learning about emerging technologies and adapting to and accepting change. A desire to achieve leadership positions in industry or academia.
PEO V - A Breadth of Knowledge – A knowledge of the “larger picture” of engineering, including the multidisciplinary nature of microelectronic engineering, as well as the broad social, ethical, safety, and environmental issues within which engineering is practiced.
Microelectronic Engineering Program Outcomes: A description of what Microelectronic Engineering students are expected to know and be able to do at the time of their graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program. The Microelectronic Electronic engineering faculty in conjunction with its constituents fulfills the BS Microelectronic Engineering Program Educational Objectives by defining specific Program Outcomes to be achieved by the curriculum:
1. Understand the fundamental scientific principles governing solid state devices and their integration into modern integrated circuits.
2. Design and conduct a sequence of processing steps to fabricate a solid state device to meet a set of geometric, electrical, and/or processing parameters.
3. Acquire and analyze experimental electrical data from a solid-state device to extract performance parameters for comparison to modeling parameters used in the device design
4. Conceive and conduct a designed experiment to characterize and/or improve a process utilized in IC fabrication
5. Communicate the results of an in-depth engineering research experience using techniques appropriate for oral, poster, and paper presentations at technical conferences
6. Enter the job market or graduate school with the required engineering co-op experience.
7. Understand the relevance of a process or device, either proposed, past or existing, to current manufacturing practices.
8. Understand, characterize, and modify current lithographic materials, processes, and systems to meet imaging and/or device patterning requirements.
9. Appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of the field and the inherent trade-off between breadth and depth of knowledge.