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  • Microscale Heat Transfer
    Satish Kandlikar: Reduced in Heat in Electronic Devices
  • Plasmonic Electronics
    Exploring a Plasmonic Alternative
  • Nanocomputing
    Brain Power
  • Truly Unique
    Micro-Device Research
  • Micro-Device Research
    Photonics Light The Way of Microprocessors
  • Advancing Tissue Engineering
    Research by RIT Professor Points to Improvements in Tissue Engineering
  • Cutting Edge Research
    MOVPE Equipment Changes Everything in Semiconductor Processing
  • Renewable Energy
    Impacts on Climate Change
  • Truly Unique
    RIT's Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory
  • Stellar Students
    Advancing Lithium Ion Battery Technology
  • Micro-Device Research
    Implantable Micro-Device Research Could Lead To New Therapies To Treat Hearing Loss

Microsystems Engineering builds on the fundamentals of traditional engineering and science and tackles technical challenges of small-scale nano-systems. Microsystems Engineers manipulate electrical, photonic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and biological systems on a nano-scale.

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Testimonials

  • Cory Cress - PhD Graduate
    During my time at RIT, I performed research in the NanoPower Research Labs. It was here that I learned how to create nanomaterials and devices. I learned how to understand them, and test their performance. Now, I use these skills at the US Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. My work here has a massive impact on how electronics are created.
  • Anand Gopalan - PhD Graduate
    “While working toward my PhD in Microsystems at RIT, I was exposed to cutting edge technology with the opportunity to be part of industry supported research.”
  • Peng Xie - PhD Graduate
    I found my Microsystems experience prepared me well for the challenges of industry. During my Ph.D. program, I had taken a 1-year internship at IMEC as well as a 4 months internship at GlobalFoundries. These experiences helped me to better understand the workspace, expand my professional network and get a pulse of where the industry is heading. With my solid preparation at RIT, I am confident that I am ready to take on any challenges in the future.
  • Burak Baylav - PhD Graduate
    I had access to the latest technology, tools and data. It was a dream come true and I was able to use this relationship for my Ph.D. research.”
  • Monica Kempsell Sears - PhD Graduate
    I’ve always wanted to be one of the people who figures out how to push this field further and further—and now I am.

Research

  • The conversion of light from the sun into electrical energy is playing a very important role in our current challenge for alternative energy technologies, to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The vision of Dr. Hubbard’s research group is to accelerate scientific breakthroughs in the discovery of materials and structures that will advance the frontier of the conversion of light to electricity....


  • Effective manipulation of fluids at the micro/nanometer scale is of great interest in fluid dynamics, biological processes, and material synthesis. Microfluidics together with nanofabrication provides a fine control of fluid transport and interfacial dynamics, and therefore offers a wealth of ways to harness the processes of multiphase flow at the microscale. Our group takes microfluidics and nanofabrication as the main technical...

  • The research and fabrication of nanomaterials promises to revolutionize a number of industries and scientific fields, particularly biomedical devices and stem cell engineering. A major barrier to significant adoption and incorporation of novel nanomaterials is the need to produce these materials in high volume and at low-cost. We research the fabrication of ultrathin nanomembranes and the methods to produce these materials more simply, while...

  • Innovative and greener chemical processes are needed in order to address societal grand challenges, which mostly involve conservation of resources. One of such societal grand challenges is future fresh water supply, for example. New water desalination technologies are urgent considering that 98% of water available in our planet is sea water or brackish water. Our research group focuses on the development of next generation chemical processes...

  • The research activities in the Thin Film Electronics group are focused on inorganic thin-film electronics on both silicon and non-silicon platforms.  Research on low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) is exploring an alternative method of crystallization using a flash-lamp annealing (FLA) process.  The instrument uses Xenon flash-lamps with an extremely high irradiance to expose samples with pulses in the microsecond timescale, and...