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Construction is now complete on the new NYSTAR IT Collaboratory building on the RIT campus.

This 30,000 square foot, 3 story research building is a hub for Microsystems, Photonics, Nanomaterials and Remote Sensing Systems research at RIT and used by our partners; the University at Buffalo, Alfred University and many of our industry and government research sponsors. On the first two floors, the building features shared research spaces for Metrology, Sensor Development and the Lobozzo Optics Laboratory and dedicated research and faculty space for Nanolithography, Remote Sensing Systems and the NanoPower Research Laboratory. The third floor of the building has been equipped as an Integrated Microsystems Laboratory through a partnership with Analog Devices Incorporated.

The Semiconductor Microfabrication Laboratory (SMFL)
Karl Hirschman, Ph.D., Director
Alan Raisanen, Ph.D., Associate Director

The SMFL develops applied solutions in microdevice design, process development, microsystem integration, and prototype fabrication. The RIT Micro-electronic Engineering cleanroom facility was built in 1985 to support the first ABET accredited undergraduate program in micro-electronic engineering. A Federal grant provided $5.5 million toward the construction of the Center for Micro-electronic and Computer Engineering, which houses the cleanroom. The main portion of the facility is 10,000 square feet of class 1000 cleanroom with a bay and chase configuration. Additional laboratory space includes a class 100/10 MEBES E-beam Laboratory (established by Perkin-Elmer), an Excimer Laser Laboratory (established by the Keck Foundation), a surface analysis laboratory, a chemical-mechanical planarization laboratory, and an electrical characterization laboratory. The cleanroom facility is an integral part of the RIT initiative in microsystems, and has been named the Semiconductor & Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory (SMFL). The SMFL offers processing resources and technical expertise to industrial and academic customers. The SMFL mission encompasses education, research, and industrial partnership. In addition to providing faculty and students with exceptional resources for education and research, a principal objective is to become the choice organization for applied solutions in micro-device design, process development, microsystem integration, and prototype fabrication. Website

The Laboratory for Applied Spectral Sensing (LASS)
John Schott, Ph.D., Director

The LASS conducts research and development in hardware and software tools to understand and interpret information from remotely sensed images. It carries out cutting edge research and trains students in the fundamentals of multi-spectral remote sensing. LASS is part of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, which maintains 36 research and teaching laboratories dedicated to specialized areas of imaging science, including electronic imaging, digital image processing, remote sensing, medical imaging, color science, optics, and chemical imaging. The LASS maintains several laboratories with dedicated computer workstations to conduct proposed research. Website

The Laboratory for Sensor Research
Zoran Ninkov, Ph.D., Director

The LSR develops new solid state imagers and systems for use in ground-based astronomy, space-based systems, medical imaging, and remote sensing. Novel two-dimensional arrays are designed, fabricated, diced and bonded, and then tested. These have included CID, CMOS, and hybridized devices. The arrays are then used in imaging systems. Website

Laboratory for Image Algorithms and Systems (LIAS)
Harvey Rhody, Ph.D., Director

The LIAS conducts research in image processing and image product data management. They apply the "science of imagery" to bring information contained in images to the user. LIAS is a cross-disciplinary collaborative focused on applied algorithm research, software system prototyping, and advanced processing hardware for imaging applications. In addition to working closely with the LASS, LIAS draws on a core faculty from science, engineering, and computer science. Website

The Laboratory for Applied Computing (LAC)
Roger Gaborski, Ph.D., Director

The LAC conducts applied research in collaboration with partners. Typically, the Lab and a partner jointly develop a proposal and plan of work in an area of mutual interest. The Lab then forms a project team led by an RIT faculty member and consisting of RIT faculty and students. In some cases, a representative from the partner will join the team. While the majority of faculty and student team members will represent the core computing disciplines, domain specific applications also include participants from other disciplines from the College of Engineering, College of Science and other colleges and centers. Frequent communication between the Lab team and partner's points of contact is encouraged, as are partner site visits. Website

The Nanopower Research Laboratory
Ryne Raffaelle, Ph.D., Director
Thomas Gennett, Ph.D., Director

The NPRL is dedicated to the development of new materials and devices for power generation and storage for microelectronic components and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). A premium is placed on size, weight, and flexibility in power system design for most microsystems. Our focus is to develop the materials and devices that are compatible with these microsystem constraints by exploiting the potential opportunities afforded to us through nanostructured materials and nanotechnology. Website

Institute of Laser, Photonics and Biophotonics (ILPB), University at Buffalo
Paras N. Prasad, Ph.D., Executive Director

The ILPB at the University at Buffalo conducts research and development of new materials and technologies, provides education and industrial training for developing a skilled workforce, and aggressively markets a world-class facility for consulting and testing in the State of New York at the University at Buffalo and affiliated partnerships. The Institute’s emphases are in the fields of lasers, optical technologies and new forms of biotechnology. Special emphasis will be placed on technology transfer to promote the development of spin-off companies. Its activities include fundamental R&D, prototype fabrication, scale-up strategies and cost optimization. The Institute draws upon the strengths and expertise of the University's scientists, researchers, and marketing/business scholars. Website

Facilities at Alfred Univesity, New York State College of Ceramics, School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science
Alexis Clare, Ph.D. Contact

The faculty at the School of CEMS is among the worlds leading researchers in their fields. The projects they oversee range from-sponsored basic research to research with industry sponsorship. Research opportunities at Alfred are enhanced by the cooperative research centers located on campus, and the numerous ties between the College and industry. Website