The Microsystems Technology Laboratories, MTL, an interdisciplinary laboratory established in 1984, supports a broad range of interests from circuits and systems and device technologies to materials and even energy research and biological electronics. Shaped by its 34 core and 79 affiliate faculty members (including roughly 30 EECS faculty members and a contingent of associated graduate students) and directed since Sept. 2006 by Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, MTL is home as well to MIT’s advanced micro/nano fabrication facilities providing service to campus and non-campus users.
Research at MTL is concentrated in three centers–the Center for Integrated Circuits and Systems (CICS), the Center for Integrated Photonics Systems, and MEMS@MIT. A new Center for Graphene Devices and Systems is in the works. Within these centers, three major research initiatives are supported: medical electronics, energy, and nanoscale technologies. MTL recently hosted two very successful workshops on Medical Electronics bringing together experts from industry, government and academia, and will host a Workshop on Energy that will be co-sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) later in 2010.
MTL maintains close ties and interactions with industry through its industry consortium the Microsystems Industrial Group (14 member companies) as well as through member partnerships in MTL’s three focused research centers.
In its 26th year, MTL is well known for its “fabs”: approximately 8000 sq ft. of cleanrooms with processing equipment. These facilities are open to anyone and are utilized by over 500 users per year, including students and faculty from across MIT, as well as researchers from other universities and industry. The fabs are also home to the lab component of the EECS Course “Introduction to Microfabrication”, as well as the cleanroom module of the EECS Department’s “Women’s Technology Program” (WTP), a summer program for high school women.
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