Labs for Education & Application Prototypes

optical testing

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

AIM Academy launched its premiere Lab for Education & Application Prototypes on MIT campus in the spring of 2017. 

The Lab for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP) enables professors at MIT to incorporate pragmatic 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 numerous such education labs 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 final planning stages to build the second Education & Practice Factory. 

The equipment that students will access in MIT’s Lab for Manufacturing & Application Prototypes includes:

  • 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

To learn more about MIT’s LEAP, AIM Academy’s LEAP network, or applying to become a Massachusetts LEAP site, please contact Anu Agarawal.