The University of Idaho's Next Generation Microelectronics Research Center (NGeM) is dedicated to the mission of undergraduate and graduate education as well as research and scholarship concerning the entire field of microelectronics. The principal focus at NGeM is the breadth of the microelectronic chip development processes, from the theoretical mathematics fundamental to design to packaging and device fabrication. The principal objectives of NGeM are innovative microelectronics education, research and scholarship.
Education is the principal focus of the faculty at NGeM. This effort includes both course work at the undergraduate and graduate levels and organized and individual research experiences for students at all levels. Though the course work is the cornerstone of the learning process, in many cases lectures alone are inadequate for students to develop an appreciation of the complexities of microelectronics. With that in mind NGeM provides students with exposure to real-world phases of microelectronic packaging such as wafer dicing, wire bonding, die attach, screen printing, low temperature co-fired ceramics and substrate fabrication.
In addition, NGeM also provides expanded opportunities for education through faculty led research. Students at all levels are encouraged to engage with NGeM faculty involved in on-going sponsored research. Faculty are currently working on sponsored projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Micron Foundation, the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the II-VI Foundation and the Idaho GEM Program. This involvement in state-of-the-art research allows students to work on innovative topics in microelectronics and ensures the relevance of the program.
Students who engage in solving a problem as part of NGeM sponsored research gain far greater hands on experience not only in microelectronics but also in project management and a host of other critical skills that are essential to success in the work place.
As well as education and research, scholarship is also key to the NGeM mission. NGeM faculty members are actively engaged in publication of journal and conference papers, as well as books, book chapters, and presentations on key topics in microelectronics and electronic packaging.