The undergraduate Microelectronic Engineering program at RIT is the best of its kind in the nation. We created the first undergraduate curriculum in Microelectronics in 1982 which combined many science and engineering disciplines with outstand laboratory instruction and mandatory cooperative work experience. Our graduates are highly sought after by both companies and graduate schools. Our best references are other colleges around the country and the companies that employ our alumni.
The Microelectronic Engineering core program at RIT offers a comprehensive curriculum with a blend of theoretical, laboratory and experiential learning. The program has been carefully crafted to prepare students for immediate entry into the semiconductor industry workplace or to pursue advanced graduate study. The unique qualifications of our graduates are highly sought after.
The educational objectives of the microelectronic engineering major are to produce graduates who have the following skills or characteristics:
The Microelectronic Electronic engineering faculty in conjunction with its constituents fulfills the BS Microelectronic Engineering Program Educational Objectives by defining specific Program Outcomes to be achieved by the curriculum:
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 microelectronic 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 major 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.