(RIT.edu) Rochester Institute of Technology is upgrading its Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory (SMFL) to further advance the university’s research in integrated photonics, quantum information technology, biomedical devices and sensors for smart systems. Improvements will enable the university to expand its key research, teaching, workforce training and entrepreneurial capabilities.
The 2019-20 renovation project will be launched with a $1 million grant from New York state’s Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program. This first phase of expansion, expected to begin in the 2019-20 academic year, is one part of a broader project to create a versatile, multidisciplinary user facility to meet the evolving needs of academic and industry researchers in the Rochester region and across the state, said Doreen Edwards, dean of RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
The 2019-20 funding will enable RIT to:
Expand its research portfolio in key areas related to integrated photonics, quantum information technology, biomedical materials and devices, and sensors for smart (interconnected) systems
Expand and improve user services available to researchers and inventors in the region
Assist with the incubation of companies who need access to micro- and nano-fabrication facilities
Improve the quality of hands-on education in micro- and nano-fabrication technologies at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level
Deliver an expanded portfolio of workforce training and talent development models to meet the needs of regional and other New York companies in the industry
Incubate new companies and inventors