Dr. Muhieddin Amer, Department Chair


"RIT is 61st in the U.S. for Engineering programs"


Semiconductor microelectronics technology remains important for the world economy. The semiconductor industry is a star performer in U.S. manufacturing. Fostering a vigorous semiconductor industry in our country is important for the nation’s economic growth, long-term security, and the preparation and maintenance of a capable high-tech workforce. The Kate Gleason College of Engineering developed the first Bachelor of Science degree in microelectronics engineering in the U.S., and the college continues to provide highly educated and skilled engineers for the semiconductor industry. RIT-Dubai is able to provide this program to its students in 2 years of academics in Dubai + 3 years of academics in NY campus of RIT (including 1 year of Coop experience). In this format students complete the basics course work in the first two years at RIT-Dubai before transferring to the RIT New York campus to complete the last three years.

One of the great challenges in integrated circuit manufacturing is the need to draw on scientific principles and engineering developments from such an extraordinarily wide range of disciplines. The design of microelectronics circuits requires a sound knowledge of electronics and circuit analysis. Optical lithography tools, which print microscopic patterns on wafers, represent one of the most advanced applications of the principles of Fourier optics. Plasma etching involves some of the most complex chemistry used in manufacturing today. Ion implantation draws upon understanding from research in high-energy physics. Thin films on semiconductor surfaces exhibit complex mechanical and electrical behavior that stretches our understanding of basic materials properties.

Scientists and engineers who work in the semiconductor field need a broad understanding of and the ability to seek out, integrate, and use ideas from many disciplines. The program provides the broad interdisciplinary background in electrical and computer engineering, solid-state electronics, physics, chemistry, materials science, optics, and applied math and statistics necessary for success in the semiconductor industry.

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This program is offered at the main campus in Rochester. Students are admitted directly into the program in the main campus but have the opportunity to complete the first two years of the degree in Dubai within the BS in Electrical Engineering before completely moving to Rochester, NY, USA to complete the program. This is possible because the first two years in both bachelor degrees are almost the same. 


Microelectronics Engineering has 129 total credits to complete the program and begins with introductory courses in microelectronics engineering and microlithography (micropatterning) for integrated circuits. The first two years of the program build a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The fundamentals of statistics and their applications in the design of experiments, semiconductor device physics and operation, and integrated circuit technology are covered in the second year. This prepares students for their first cooperative education experience. The third year comprises the electrical engineering course work necessary for understanding semiconductor devices and integrated circuits. The fourth and fifth years are dedicated to VLSI design, optics, microlithography systems and materials, semiconductor processing, professional electives, and a two-quarter capstone senior project. In the capstone course, students propose and conduct individual research/design projects and present their work at the Annual Microelectronics Engineering Conference, which is organized by the department and well-attended by industrial representatives.

Electrical engineering, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013
  Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year    
MATH-181 Project-Based Calculus I 4
MATH-182 Project-Based Calculus I 4
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineering 3
UWRT-150 Writing 3
  Perspective - 1, 2, 3 9
ANTH-365 First Year Seminar: Islamic Culture 3
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
EEEE-105 EE Practicum 1
EEEE-120 Digital Systems 3
Second Year    
MATH-221 Multivariable Calculus 4
MATH - 231  Differential Equations 3
PHYS - 212 University Physics - II 4
PHYS - 213 Modern Physics 3
CMPR - 271 Computational Problem Solving 3
EEEE - 260 Semiconductor Devices 3
EEEE - 281 Circtuits - I 3
EEEE - 282 Circuits - II 3
   Perspective - IV 3
EEEE - 220 Digital Systems - II 3
Third Year    
MCEE-205 Statistics and Design of Experiments  3
MCEE - 320 EM Fields 3
MCEE - 201 IC Tech 3
MCEE - 502 VLSI Process 3
  Free Elective 3
EEEE - 380 Analog Electronics 4
EEEE - 480 Digital Electronics 3
EEEE - 353 Linear Systems 4
  Cooperative Education (Summer) Co-op
Fourth Year    
MCEE-503 Thin Films (WI) 3
MCEE-505 Lithography Materials 3
  Professional Elective 3
  Immersion - I 3
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year    
MCEE - 495 Senior Design - I 3
MCEE - 496 Senior Design - II 3
MCEE - 550 CMOS IC 4
MCEE - 515 Nanolithograpy Systems 3
  Free Elective 3
  Professional Elective 3
  Immersion - II, III 6

Accelerated dual degree

A cross-disciplinary dual degree option is available. Students may earn a BS in microelectronics engineering from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and an MS in materials science and engineering from the College of Science.

This unique option was inspired by trends involving convergence of advanced materials with nanofabrication and microelectronics in modern microdevices and systems. The five-year option requires the successful completion of 129 semester credits and includes a graduate thesis. One co-op is substituted for the graduate course work to make it an accelerated five-year option. A student may apply for admission to this option in the third year with a grade-point average of at least 3.0.

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