The emergence of standardized fabrication processes for photonics integrated circuits now allows for Small-to-Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs) the ability to us “fabless” manufacturing processes, producing their batch products as part of a Multi-Project-Wafer (MPW) runs in a state-of-the-art 300mm semiconductor processing research fab at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. 

A partnership with AIM Academy allows large and small companies to contribute their expertise to the industry roadmap, identify the integrated photonics skillset they need and requisite training that would help develop an integrated photonics workforce, benefit from access to a skilled pool of students by sponsoring summer internships in integrated photonics, and design research projects for a Massachusetts network of Labs for Education and Application Prototypes (LEAP) that train prospective students in hands-on manufacturing principles, including a LEAP facility at MIT.

In 2020, AIM Academy began working on advanced manufacturing offerings that extend beyond photonics.