Device oriented electronics deals with the question of how the physical construction, both material and geometry, of a device influence its performance in a circuit. Interested students may enter the program with a BS in engineering or other science discipline such as physics or chemistry.
A flexible curriculum featuring the theory, design, fabrication and characterization of semiconductor devices is emphasized. Electrical engineering courses in solid state devices, semiconductor device physics and analysis, materials, and design and fabrication of integrated circuits are available. Students also take courses as appropriate in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, solid state physics, electromagnetics and mathematical methods.
Course work requirements for MS and PhD programs are given in the Graduate Handbook. Core and supporting courses include:
Currently, research is being conducted in the areas of carrier transport in nonuniform materials such as heterostructures and heavily doped silicon, thin film growth and characterization, integrated sensors and actuators, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), VLSI design, submicron lithography and micromachining using X-rays, low temperature processing and devicemodeling. The 4000 sq. ft. Electronic Material and Device Laboratory has class 100 clean room for device processing. Facilities of the new Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) are available for research to qualified students. Research funding is derived from governmental agencies, private industries and state sources.
Electronic Material and Device Laboratory
Integrated Microsystems Group
Electronics Area Faculty