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Why Microelectronic Engineering?

As a major – Microsoft asks the question “When trillions of things can be connected, which things should you connect?”  What micro (nano) electronic engineers ask is “who is going to build the sensors, power management, microprocessor, memory, encryption, wireless interface, display and energy harvesting components for a trillion things?” The answer, we are, or to be more precise, you will after graduating from our program. There is no shortage of challenges and fun when you use all of your basic science courses such as physics, chemistry and math to engineer miniature solutions to a host of problems. What you make will be on all kinds of things such as panels collecting energy on your roof, lighting your house, in your car, in your pocket and all around you.

As a minor – Whatever you major in, miniature electronics will play a huge role. If you know something about the field of micro fabrication you will be more successful in your own field. No other university offers the depth of courses and cleanroom technology access to undergraduates that RIT provides. A minor can consist of from 3 to 5 courses in Microelectronics depending on your major.


Types of jobs: Our graduates can become design engineers that specify how and in what configuration integrated circuits are made. They can be process or manufacturing engineers who are involved in the day-to-day operation of the factories that make all these wonderful “chips”. They can be test and characterization engineers checking to see if products are working correctly and within specifications, like “crime scene investigators” looking for clues to improve device performance. They may also be yield enhancement engineers looking at ways to make products cheaper and more reliable.

Companies: Major Employers of RIT Microelectronic Engineering Grads include: Intel, Micron, IBM, Global Foundries, Texas Instruments, Freescale, Applied Materials (Tokyo Electron), Cree, Samsung, Analog Devices, Northrup-Grumman, Fairchild, ASML and more.

Graduate School

Many of our students gone on for advanced degrees (MS and PhD) in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Optics, Material Science, law and business.

Some of the graduate schools that have accepted Microelectronic Engineering Grads: Cornell University, Stanford University, IMEC (Belgium), Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley, University of Texas, Austin, RIT, Purdue University, Penn State University, Arizona, Florida, and RPI.