The Center for Integrated Electronics…
… creating faster, smarter, more cost-effective electronic devices and systems

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Integrated Electronics (CIE) is advancing the electronic devices of our everyday lives. By making significant contributions to the science and technology of interconnects, devices, architectures, and packaging, CIE is accelerating the production of the next generation of micro- and nanoelectronic devices and systems.

The Center's mission is to build integrated top-down and bottom-up nanostructures, devices, and systems for information, biological, and broadband communication applications. Major activities include pioneering research into gigascale interconnects, 3-D interconnect structures, materials properties and process modeling, wideband gap semiconductors and devices, terahertz devices and imaging systems, power electronic devices and systems, and biochips.

Researchers' work is facilitated by Rensselaer's leadership in the areas of hyperintegration, integrated circuit (IC) backend technology, functional nanobuilding blocks, multiscale modeling, and packaging science. The university's areas of expertise also include wearable electronics, solid-state lighting, tissue engineering, and bioreactors. CIE's research capabilities are enhanced by Rensselaer's recently upgraded Class 100 Microfabrication Clean Room (MCR). This 10,000-square-foot state-of-the art facility supports three-, five-, and eight-inch wafer fabrication technology.

Uniting Five Centers
CIE is comprised of five electronics technology sub centers that conduct research in a variety of complementary disciplines. Collectively, their vision is to serve as a major hub that performs original research with a systems-focus at the interface of information, nano- and biotechnologies. Subcenters include the New York Center for Advanced Interconnect Science and Technology (NY CAIST), the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES), Focus Center - New York (FC-NY), the Center for Microcontamination Control (CMC), and the Center for Broadband Data Transport Science and Technology. Each sub center includes participation from numerous universities nationwide, as well as from major U.S. corporations.

Exceptional Faculty
Approximately 50 outstanding Rensselaer faculty members and 100 energetic graduate students and postdoctoral fellows contribute to the Center for Integrated Electronics. Rensselaer CIE faculty members received their degrees from some of the finest institutions in the world, including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, University of Zürich, and the Indian Institute of Technologies in India. Many researchers are natives of other countries including Romania, Russia, Venezuela, and India, and therefore contribute immeasurable international experience to the Center. Among CIE's faculty are a Fulbright Scholar, a NASA/American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellow, and National Science Foundation CAREER award winners.

Nationwide Collaboration
The ambitious research projects underway in the Center for Integrated Electronics are truly national in scope, and include extensive collaborations with academic, government, and industry partners. Over 120 government and business partners support the CIE. These prestigious organizations and corporations provide an estimated $8.7 million in annual funding. Major government donors include such well-known organizations as the National Science Foundation (NSF); the Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA); the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR); the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC); and the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation (MARCO).

Prominent companies such as IBM provide significant industry support. Research also takes place within corporate partners' facilities, such as IBM's research and development complexes in Yorktown Heights and East Fishkill, New York.

CIE also includes participation from numerous distinguished universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech, Stanford University, Northeastern University, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Significant cooperation among New York institutes provides great strength to CIE; collaborators include Columbia University; University of Rochester; University at Albany State University of New York; Cornell University; and City University of New York.

Total Integration
The field of integrated electronics impacts every commonplace electronic device we encounter each day, from computers to car radios, and telephones to televisions. However, Center for Integrated Electronics researchers also are working to create revolutionary devices we cannot yet even fathom. Futuristic broadband communications, clothing with electronic functions and properties, and robust electrochemical actuators for artificial muscles are among the many radical improvements currently under development within this pioneering center. These faster, smarter, more cost-effective electronic devices and systems that are created through the work of CIE will open doors for new inventions that will improve lives in ways that are unimaginable today. For more information on the creative research being undertaken at CIE, please contact one of the members of our leadership team.

Michael Shur, Acting Director
(518) 276-2201

Morris Washington, Associate Director
(518) 276-3064

Toh-Ming Lu, Associate Director
(518) 276-2979


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