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Microsystems Ph.D. program begins

In December, RIT became home to the nation’s first doctoral program in microsystems engineering.

Abushagur

“This is a unique program,” says Mustafa Abushagur, director of microsystems engineering research and education initiatives. “We expect to be the leading institution in this field.”

The multi-disciplinary program incorporates electrical, mechanical, optical, chemical, computer, industrial, microelectronic and software engineering, along with imaging science, materials science and product development.

Students will design and fabricate micro-, submicro- and nano-scale components and systems with potential applications in biomedical diagnostics and treatment, electronics, imaging, telecommunications and other fields.

The program is RIT’s second Ph.D. program, joining the imaging science doctoral program begun in 1988.