AIM Summer Academy

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Felice Frankel, MIT

2017 AIM Photonics Summer Academy
Fundamentals of Integrated Photonics: Principles, Practice and Applications
July 24-28, 2017

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA USA

Come to MIT this summer for a week of intensive short courses on integrated photonics: materials, devices, integrated photonic circuit design, chip fabrication and system applications.


You must pay for the course on a separate site from where you register.


Learn about

  • Photonic materials properties, performance and device processing
  • Design principles for integrated photonic devices
  • Photonic circuit architectures for the silicon platform and its system applications
  • Manufacturing constraints and guidelines for high volume manufacturing

Network with a cohort of colleagues from academia and industry.
Meet leading Electronic Photonic Design Automation software vendors and review the latest achievements in circuit simulation, layout, and design rule check.
Learn hands-on manufacturing principles in MIT’s flagship Education and Practice Factory.
Collaborate and present a design team project that synthesizes your learning objectives.

Course Structure

  • morning: lecture - lab/demo
  • afternoon: automated design demo – lecture - design challenge

Day 1: Photonic Materials and Systems; Principles of Planar Waveguide Devices
Day 2: Passive Integrated Photonic Devices; Active Integrated Photonic Devices
Day 3: Monolithic and Hybrid Chip Process Flow; Electronic-Photonic Co-Design
Day 4: Manufacturing Data Analytics; Chip Test and Packaging
Day 5: Student Design Project Reviews; IPSR Roadmap and Course Key Points

Completion of the course will enable attendees to

  • Identify market trends in the optical components industry.
  • Utilize the power of a standard manufacturing platform.
  • Discuss the benefits of electronic-photonic integration.
  • Evaluate the latest silicon photonic devices.
  • Learn about automated design tools for foundry production of integrated photonic chips.
  • Understand basic circuit design for digital, RF and sensing applications.
  • Evaluate and develop integrated photonic competency in your company.
  • Teach an integrated photonics track at your school.

Who should attend?

The 2017 Summer Academy provides an introduction to integrated photonics and associated commercial applications in its manufacturing supply chain. Students ranging from beginners at the senior undergraduate level to faculty interested in starting an Integrated Photonics track at their schools will benefit. The content will specifically prepare professional engineers in the electronic and photonic hardware industries for use of the latest integrated photonic technology. Executives and technologists including planners, engineers, and scientists participating in the optical and electronic components technology supply chain will acquire a working knowledge of the field.

The AIM Photonics Summer Academy certifies attendees with the prerequisite skill set to take AIM’s online credentialing course offered in the fall of 2017 for design submissions to Multi-Project Wafer prototype runs at the AIM Photonics Institute’s fabrication facilities in Albany and Rochester, New York.

When: July 24-28
Where: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Attendees may sign up for 3-day (Days 1-3) or full 5-day course.

Registration: $550 for 3-day package with networking dinner, $750 for full 5-day course with networking dinner.

Download the document "About AIM Summer Academy" for additional information.