Education & Practice Factories

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Optical testing of an AIM Photonic Interposer Chip designed by the RIT Integrated Photonics Group

AIM Academy launches its premiere Education & Practice Factory on MIT campus in the spring of 2017. 

The Education & Practice Factory enables professors at MIT to incorporate pramatic integrated photonics manufacturing insights and laboratory lesson plans into their courses, and for collaborating companies to work with MIT students on self-directed research projects. It will be the first of three such education factories that will be built along the I-90 corridor to prepare students for careers in integrated photonics with a close attention to the constraints and unique demands of mass manufacturing. 

Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute are presently in the planning stages to build the second Education & Practice Factory. 

The equipment that students will access in MIT’s Education & Practice Factory include:

  • Optical electronic measuring system
  • Die place-and-attach bonder
  • Automatic organic dispenser
  • Gold (wire) ball bonder
  • Vacuum oven (for reflow)
  • Plasma cleaner
  • X-ray and CT
  • Optical microscopes with cameras
  • Network analyzer
  • CVD parylene coater

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