AIM Academy provides a diversity of on-ramps and off-ramps to develop the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) workforce for all supply chain skill levels. AIM Photonics Academy will provide the unified knowledge, technology, and workforce interface for AIM Photonics, an industry driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in the photonics integrated circuit industry.
Success for AIM Academy will be achieved through three strategic units:
- Education: creation and deployment of instructional materials; collaboration with NSF ATEs, professional societies and industry partners.
- Workforce Development: assess and report industry needs; disseminate best practices for outreach among Community Colleges and target communities; coordinate internships, apprenticeships and experiential learning with industry and government infrastructure organizations.
- Roadmap: evaluate and project industry trends with a Technology Roadmap.
In addition, the AIM Academy Headquarters will fulfill knowledge and technology coordination through archiving and coordinating knowledge/technology creation of Institute; supporting Integrated Photonics Design Tools with on-line instructional modules, and will support semi-annual cross-Institute meetings featuring industrial career showcases, short courses, cohort workshops, and research reviews.