San Jose State University -- September 24, 2003
SJSU Opens Semiconductor Facility From Lab to Fab: Enabling
the Workforce of the Future
San José State University's College of Engineering will open
a newly updated 3,400 square-foot Microelectronics Process Engineering
Fabrication Facility on Thursday, Sept. 25, with a ceremony, beginning
at 11:30 a.m., in the Engineering Building, rooms 285/287. The MPE fab
and accompanying academic program were developed with $1.5 million and
in-kind donations from corporate sponsors, led by Intel Corp. and Applied
Materials, Inc., as well as grants from the National Science Foundation
and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
SJSU's nationally recognized hands-on semiconductor design, manufacturing
and fabrication program provides students with real-world experience
in the design and manufacture of integrated circuits. Using CMOS technology,
students work on actual process tools for photolithography, reactive
ion etch, diffusion, oxidation, metal deposition, testing and metrology.
Processes not available in the facility are outsourced to local suppliers
providing additional business experience.
"Students in semiconductor-related fields need to have solid knowledge
in every aspect of a chip's product cycle -- from design to manufacturing,"
said Belle Wei, dean of the College of Engineering. "The MPE fab
will expose our students to semiconductor manufacturing experience that
previously was only available in industry. Collaboration with the local
companies that benefit from the well trained students we produce has
helped to create a strong curriculum that ensures we remain a leading
provider of engineering talent to Silicon Valley," she said.
The renovation allows the former laboratory to operate more like a real-world
chip fab, with students designing circuits and devices in one course,
while others manufacture the products in another. It is the only undergraduate
learning program of its kind in the Western United States, according
"Having a teaching facility like this on the West Coast is important
for keeping Silicon Valley's competitive edge," said Jai Hahku,
vice president, Intel Corp. "Our industry benefits when we have
quality students coming out of this program right here in our backyard;
new engineers skilled in semiconductor technology are capable of creating
the innovative products to power the future."
"We must continue to attract the finest minds to technology and
our industry, and we see our diverse workforce mirrored in the students
attracted to this program from around the world," said Applied
Materials Executive Vice President David Wang. "Having such a great
training resource and source of future workers right here in Silicon
Valley, the center of chip innovation, is incredibly valuable. We have
already been a benefactor of past programs, hiring interns and employees
with the hands on skills we need."
The mission of the Microelectronics Process Engineering program and
fab is to provide opportunities for a significant number of engineering
students to get hands-on education in both design and manufacturing.
The newly remodeled facility has room for large classes to work simultaneously
in the lab. In addition, the ability to bring in first- or second-year
students gives them an introduction to microelectronics industries and
helps get students excited about opportunities in the semiconductor
industry. Exposing more students to semiconductor technology increases
the depth of talent available to industry down the road. The program
offers one of the only undergraduate degrees available in microelectronics
processing, according to Wei.
About Intel: Intel, the world's largest chip maker,
is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications
products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
About Applied Materials: Applied Materials (Nasdaq:
AMAT) is a leader of the Information Age and the world's largest supplier
of products and services to the global semiconductor industry. The company's
Web site can be found at www.appliedmaterials.com.
About SJSU: San José State University's location
in the Silicon Valley makes it an exceptionally rewarding learning environment
for students. Silicon Valley firms and agencies seek SJSU students for
internships, summer work programs and for assistance with research and
development projects. Silicon Valley firms employ more graduates from
SJSU than from any other university in the nation. Founded in 1857,
San José State is the oldest public institution of higher education
on the West Coast. The university offers more than 134 bachelor's and
master's degrees with 110 concentrations. See www.sjsu.edu.