Rochester Institute of Technology

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Microelectronic Engineering BS

Program Overview

Semiconductor and photonic devices impact virtually every aspect of human life, from communication, entertainment, and transportation, to health, solid-state lighting, and solar cells. There is an ever increasing need for talented engineers that not only understand the design of these amazing devices but can direct and optimize their fabrication. Microelectronic engineering is at the leading edge of science education. Integrated microelectronic or nanoelectronic circuits and sensors drive our global economy, increase our productivity, and help improve our quality of life. RIT’s microelectronic engineering program is the only accredited bachelor of science degree of its kind in the U.S. and is considered a world leader in the education of semiconductor process engineers.

Semiconductor technology at the micro and nanometer scale remains a key driver for the world economy. Worldwide electronics sales topped one trillion dollars in 2017 and the semiconductor industry is a leader in this crucial manufacturing field. The education of a capable high-tech workforce is important for the nation's economic growth and long-term security.

Students in the microelectronic engineering program are required to complete two semesters and two summers of cooperative education, beginning after their second year of study. Students find co-op employment at many of the major integrated circuits manufacturers across the United States. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to enter industry or pursue graduate school. This major also prepares students to work in emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, microelectromechanical systems, photonics, photovoltaics, and microsystems.

With the worldwide semiconductor industry growing at an astounding pace, RIT graduates are a valuable resource to the industry. This major offers students an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for professional challenges and success in one of the leading modern areas of engineering. Faculty committed to quality engineering educations, state-of-the-art laboratories, strong industrial support, co-op opportunities with national companies, and smaller class sizes make this one of the most value-added programs in the nation.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (Microelectronic Engineering/Material Science)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Microsystems


  • Approximately 75 students enrolled in this program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is Mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 2 blocks, 48 weeks
  • Co-op availability: Second year fall, summer, summer-fall; Third year summer; Fourth year spring-summer

Salary Information

Co-op:        $22.00                                 $16.00 - $28.00
BS:              $72,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

End of Second Year: Clean room experience (approximately 100 hours).  Understanding of semiconductor and IC fabrication and design of experiments.  Useful to a process engineer in assisting with projects.
Middle of Third Year: Understand basic diode and transistor circuits.  Enhanced understanding of ion implant, physical vapor deposition and plasma etch.
End of Third Year: Understand the inner workings of MOS devices and analog and digital integrated circuits.
Middle of Fourth Year: Can work independently on projects in diffusion, oxidation or ion-implant areas and process integration.
End of Fourth Year: Well prepared to work independently on projects in diffusion, oxidation, ion-implant, chemical vapor deposition or lithography areas. Understand design of microchips and operation of semiconductor devices. Understand the interaction of light with materials including reflections from multilayer substrates.
Middle of Fifth Year: Understand and prepared to work independently in the manufacture of today’s IC’s.
End of Fifth Year: Prepared for engineering positions in process, process development, device, test, product, quality assurance, applications, etc. Students develop skills to carry out independent design/research and communicate in a technical forum. Students are ready to go on to top graduate schools.


The microelectronic engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Equipment & Facilities

Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory (SMFL). A 56,000 sq. ft. lab opened in 1986–class 10 and class 100 clean rooms; labs; & classrooms. IC lab includes a complete 6” CMOS wafer processing facility, mask-making, test & evaluation rooms, chemical & gas storage, gowning & line maintenance. Capabilities include chemical vapor deposition, plasma etching, ion implantation, diffusion, photolithography, metallization, surface analysis & electrical testing. An expansion of the SMFL has been dedicated to applied research & development work in Microsystems; which includes integrated microelectronics, MEMS, and photonic devices.‚Äč

Training / Qualifications

This ABET-accredited, five-year program provides this broad interdisciplinary background in electrical and computer engineering, solid-state electronics, physics, chemistry, materials science, optics, and applied math and statistics necessary for entry into the semiconductor industry.

Job Titles

Process Engineer, Device Engineer, Development Engineer, Research Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Principle Engineer, Process Integration Engineer, Manufacturing Yield Engineer, Photolithography Engineer, Field Applications Engineer.

Significant Points

  • Only undergraduate program in the country. ABET-accredited, five-year program provides an interdisciplinary background in electrical and computer engineering, solid-state electronics, physics, chemistry, materials science, optics, and applied math and sta
  • All seniors complete a two semester senior design project.
  • Annual Microelectronic Engineering Conference was started in 1983 bringing together students, faculty, alumni and employers.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Allegro, AMD, Analog Devices, ASML, Global Foundries, IBM, Intel Corporation, Renesas Company, KLA, Microchip, Micron Technology, Northrop Grumman, ON-Semiconductor, Qorvo, Samsung, Sandia National Labs, Skywater Technology, Texas Instruments, Vicor.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Maria Pagani Wiegand, the career services coordinator who works with the Microelectronic Engineering program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Maria Pagani Wiegand, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5458
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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