Bachelor of Science in Microelectronics Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Microelectronics Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Microelectronics Engineering

With a microelectronic engineering degree, you'll integrate microelectronic or nanoelectronic circuits and sensors into a range of products that drive the global economy, increase productivity, and help improve our quality of life.

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 the 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.


The Microelectronic Program Educational Objectives (PEO) are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies. The Microelectronic faculty, in conjunction with its constituents, has established the following program educational objectives:

  • Sound knowledge of the fundamental scientific principles involved in the operation, design, and fabrication of integrated circuits.
  • A comprehensive understanding of relevant technologies such as integrated circuit process integration and manufacturing. This includes nanolithography and the application of engineering principles to the design and development of current and future semiconductor technologies.
  • A professional approach to problem-solving, using analytical, academic, and communication skills effectively, with special emphasis on working in teams.
  • An enthusiasm for learning and the continuous improvement of skills throughout one’s career, exemplified by learning about emerging technologies and adapting to and accepting change within the field.
  • A desire to achieve leadership positions in industry or academia.
  • A breadth of knowledge, including the multidisciplinary nature of microelectronic engineering as well as the broad social, ethical, safety, and environmental issues within which engineering is practiced.


The Microelectronic engineering faculty in conjunction with its constituents fulfills the BS Microelectronic Engineering Program Educational Objectives by defining specific Program Learning Outcomes to be achieved by the curriculum. These are:

  • Understand the fundamental scientific principles governing solid-state devices and their integration into modern integrated circuits.
  • Design and conduct a sequence of processing steps to fabricate a solid-state device to meet a set of geometric, electrical, and/or processing parameters.
  • Acquire and analyze experimental electrical data from a solid-state device to extract performance parameters for comparison to modeling parameters used in the device design.
  • Conceive and conduct a designed experiment to characterize and/or improve a process utilized in IC fabrication.
  • Communicate the results of an in-depth engineering research experience using techniques appropriate for oral, poster, and paper presentations at technical conferences.
  • Enter the job market or graduate school with the required engineering co-op experience.
  • Understand the relevance of a processor device, either proposed past or existing, to current manufacturing practices.
  • Understand, characterize, and modify current lithographic materials, processes, and systems to meet imaging and/or device patterning requirements.
  • Appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of the field and the inherent trade-off between breadth and depth of knowledge.

Since this degree is offered in a 2+3 format and awarded from the main campus in NY, the learning outcomes can be found by clicking here.

Semiconductor microelectronics technology remains an important segment of the world economy and as a graduate of RIT you will be a highly educated and skilled engineer prepared for a career in the industry. Opportunities exist in a range of disciplines, from process engineering, development engineering and photolithography engineering, to field engineering, research and engineering leadership.

Typical Course Sequence

Year One

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MATH - 181

Project-Based Calculus I


MATH - 182

Project-Based Calculus II


CHMG - 131

General Chemistry for Engineering


UWRT - 150

Writing Seminar


Perspective 1, 2, 3


First Year Seminar: Islamic Culture course


PHYS - 211

University Physics I


EEEE - 105

EE Practicum


EEEE - 120

Digital Systems I


YOPS - 010

RIT 365: RIT Connections


Year Two

MATH - 221

Multivariable Calculus


MATH - 231

Differential Equations


PHYS - 212

University Physics II


Restricted STEM Elective*


CMPR - 271

Computational Problem Solving


EEEE - 260

Semiconductor Devices


EEEE - 281

Circuits I


EEEE - 282

Circuits II


Perspective 4


EEEE - 220

Digital Systems II


Year Three

MCEE - 205

Statistics and Design of Experiments


MCEE - 320

EM Fields


MCEE - 201

IC Tech


MCEE - 502

VLSI Process


Free Elective


EEEE - 380

Digital Electronics


EEEE - 480

Analog Electronics


EEEE - 353

Linear Systems


Cooperative Education (Summer)


Year Four

MCEE - 503

Thin Films (WI)


MCEE - 505

Lithography Materials


Professional Elective


Immersion 1


Cooperative Education


Year Five

MCEE - 495

Senior Design I


MCEE - 496

Senior Design II


MCEE - 550



MCEE - 515

Nanolithograpy Systems


Free Elective


Professional Elective


Immersion 2, 3


Total Credits -129

* Restricted STEM Elective: MATH - 241 (Linear Algebra), PHYS - 213 (Modern Physics), MATH - 251 (Probability & Statistics I), CHMG - 142 (General & Analytic Chemistry II), CHMG - 201 (Introduction to Organic Polymer Technology), or BIOG - 140 (Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers I)

* Students who are considering switching to EE are advised to take either MATH - 241 (Linear Algebra) or MATH - 251(Probability & Statistics I) because they are required courses for BSEE.


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 the 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 coursework 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.


Smart Energy Lab (SEL)

The Robotics and Industry 4.0 LAB is designed to support and present research in the future of Industry. The main objective is to provide a platform to test and develop universal solutions to optimize the industrial processes given the technological and other industrial advances. This infrastructure is already available to the academic and research community both private and public. The Intelligent Supply Chain LAB (Located alongside the Industry 4.0 Lab) provides a test and experimentation platform to students and researchers from both industrial and academic communities to experiment and develop solutions to the integrated supply chain because of the ever-changing environment. It includes modular elements to simulate similar industrial contexts.


AI/Robotics Lab

The AI/Robotics lab fosters different use cases and projects in both AI (machine learning and deep learning) and Robotics with state-of-the-art equipment to support applications related to path planning, navigation, SLAM, Pick, and Place. Moreover, the AI/Robotics lab incorporates the AI/Robotics student club whose mission is to support students with extracurricular activities that provide them with better exposure and learning experience of skills related to AI and robotics.


Computing Security Lab

The computing security lab provides students with a PC and access to the DTLAB in order to support a wide range of courses. Examples of these courses are penetration testing, security auditing, cyber defense, network forensic, digital forensics, and many more. 


Computer Networking Lab

This lab is divided into four clusters. Each cluster has two sub-clusters with three adjacent PCs. A cabinet with at least one server, firewall, two routers, and four switches is dedicated for each of the four clusters. UTP and Console cables are available for students to connect these devices into a LAN, WAN and they can connect the event to the internet to install any additional required software or tool.


Digital Transformation Lab

The digital transformation lab at RIT Dubai is funded by the TRA ICT fund and was established in 2018. The aim of this lab is in the research and development of secure and smart solutions across a number of verticals that support digitization for government, enterprise, and education.


Dr. Muhieddin Amer

Professor and Chair

Dr. Abdulla Ismail


Dr. Boutheina Tlili

Associate Professor

Dr. Ali Farid Raza

Assistant Professor

Dr. Khalil Al Hussaeni

Assistant Professor

Omar Abdul Latif


Dr. Jinane Al Mounsef

Assistant Professor


Eyad Shihabi

Consultant and former HP Vice
President & GM, Enterprise Services


Hussain Essa Lootah

Executive Vice President,
Power Transmission

Dubai Electricity & Water
Authority (DEWA)



Taha Khalifa

Regional General Manager, Middle East
and North Africa

Intel Corp

Dr. Ayman ElNashar

Senior Director - Wireless Broadband,
Terminals & Performance Operations

Emirates Integrated
Company (du)



Ghanim Al Falasi

Senior VP – Corporate Services

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Diyaa Zebian

Executive Partner




Abdullah El Doukhei

Plant Manager


Ridah Sabouni

Managing Director, Middle East &
North Africa




Nader Al-Zoubi

Vice President – Energy, Gulf
Countries & Pakistan

Schneider Electric

Bashar Kilani

Territory Executive - Middle East
(Gulf Countries & Levant)