Dr. Michael A. Jackson is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, having completed his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. In 1986, he was recruited by RIT to join its emerging Microelectronic Engineering Program, where he has taught since. Dr. Jackson was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and is extended faculty for the Materials Science and Engineering Master of Science Program in the College of Science. His classes and labs have included Electromagnetic Fields, Semiconductor Device Physics, Integrated Circuit (IC) Processing, Optics, Thin Film Deposition and Etch, Metrology, and Photovoltaics. He serves the Microelectronic Engineering Program as its Outreach Director and Minor Advisor. He is a member of the IEEE, MRS (Materials Research Society), and AVS (American Vacuum Society), having served both the IEEE and AVS local chapters in various officer positions.
Dr. Jackson has involved his students in his interest in Electronic Materials and in a variety of research areas, including Transparent Conductive Oxides, MOS gate dielectrics, Defect Characterization, Chemical Mechanical Planarization, and Failure Analysis. His Outreach Activities have included 2-5 day short courses for industry on IC Processing, CMP, and Photovoltaics and include an invited 4-day workshop on IC technology for the US Patent Office. In addition, Dr. Jackson has organized and delivered numerous 2-day workshops for K-12 teachers to introduce them to the fundamentals of IC processing. He helped the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) launch its K-12 Outreach Program, called EDS-ETC (an Engineer-Teacher Connection) in which local engineers visit classrooms with Snap Circuit Kits to aid student’s basic understanding of electrical circuits. In the summer of 2008, Dr. Jackson organized and delivered a two week summer camp on Solar Cells for 20 outstanding middle school students under the New York State Education Department’s Excelsior Scholar Program. In the Fall of 2011, he partnered with a local economic development agency and community college to organized and deliver an unique 11 week workforce development program in support of Advanced Manufacturing which resulted in 2/3 of its 24 graduates, who were unemployed or under-employed entering the program, finding jobs within 6 months.
Excelsior Scholars Summer Program: Introducing K-12 Students to Microelectronics and
Nanofabrication through Photovoltaics, Michael A. Jackson, Elaine Lewis, Stephanie Townsend, Sara
Silverstone, and Santosh Kurinec, 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC,
October 27-30, 2010
Microelectronic Engineering Education for Emerging Technologies, Santosh Kurinec, Michael A. Jackson, Davide Mariotte, Surenda Gupta, Sean Rommel, Dale Ewbank, Karl Hirschman, Robert Pearson, and Lynn Fuller, 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC, October 27-30, 2010
25 Years of Microelectronic Engineering Education, Santosh Kurinec, Lynn Fuller, Bruce Smith, Richard Lane, Karl Hirschman, Michael Jackson, Robert Pearson, Dale Ewbank, Sean Rommel, Sara Widlund, Joan Tierney, Maria Wiegand, Maureen Arquette, Charles Gruener and Scott Blondell, 16th Biennial University Government Industry Microelectronics Symposium, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, June 2006, p.23
Enhanced reliability of thin silicon dioxide grown on nitrogen-implanted silicon, S.K.Kurinec, M.A.Jackson, K.C.Capasso, K.Zhuang, and G. Braunstein, MRS Symposium Proceedings Volume 567, Ultrathin SiO2, and High-K materials for ULSI Gate Dielectrics, Eds. Huff, Richter, Green. Lucovsky, and Hattori, MRS Symposium, San Francisco, CA, April 5-8, 1999, pp265-270.
Introduction of a Surface Charge Analysis instrument into the Microelectronic Engineering curricula at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Michael A. Jackson and James A. Will II, Proceedings of the Eleventh Biennial IEEE University/Government/Industry/Microelectronics Symposium, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, May 16-17, 1995, pp237-240.