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29 September 1999 Review of UK training initiatives for microsystems technology
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The rapidly growing markets for new microproducts is placing increasing demands on industry and the research community for graduates with both interdisciplinary skills and specialized knowledge. To meet this challenge a range of courses in microsystems technology have been and are being developed by universities, research centers and companies worldwide. In this paper the general characteristics of training courses and programs from a UK perspective are outlined. One example is given of a university based modular masters degree course which gives students a basic understanding of silicon and non-silicon fabrication technologies and major design and assembly issues. Design and simulation is introduced in a practical way, via commercial finite element analysis and electromagnetic/electrostatic computer aided design exercises. The importance of design-for-manufacture is implicit and is a central theme in the course project. Another course currently at the design stage, has a slightly different emphasis but with similar underlying principles, is outlined. A mechanisms is also described of how training for industry can be facilitated through knowledge and technology transfer to companies by means of an industry- academic network.
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David W. L. Tolfree, Malcolm McCormick, Eric Chowanietz, and Robert B. Yates "Review of UK training initiatives for microsystems technology", Proc. SPIE 3894, Education in Microelectronics and MEMS, (29 September 1999);


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