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

(AIM Summer Academy is now closed. To subscribe to and learn about upcoming AIM Photonics Academy offerings, please join our mailing list. You can subscribe at the bottom of the page.)

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Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT

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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.

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NEW: Download the AIM Summer Academy Schedule (with room numbers)

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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 prepares 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.

Instructor bios:

Brett Attaway

Brett joined AIM Photonics in 2016 as Sr. Director of Design Enablement and brings 30 years of industry experience. He spent half of his career at Synopsys (an EDA provider) and the other half in electronic ASIC, RFIC and SOC design at Lockheed Martin and ITT-Exelis, which is now Harris.

Brett Attaway

Duane Boning

Duane Boning's research focuses on understanding and modeling variation in IC, photonic, and MEMS processes, devices, and circuits. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT, where he is currently Professor of EECS, and where he serves as Co-Director of the MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program, Director of the MIT and Masdar Institute Cooperative Program, and as Associate Director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL).

Duane Boning


Juejun Hu

Juejun Hu is the Merton C. Flemings Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at MIT. His research interest is in optics and photonics for sensing, imaging, communications, and photovoltaics applications.

Juejun Hu


Lionel Kimerling

Dr. Kimerling is the Thomas Lord Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and the founding Director of the MIT Microphotonics Center, where he conducts an active research program in the design and processing of semiconductor materials and devices.  He is also Executive Director of AIM Photonics Academy.

Lionel Kimerling


Jifeng Liu

Jifeng Liu is an Associate Professor at Dartmouth College. His major research field includes integrated Si photonics for ultralow energy photonic datalinks as well as nanomaterials and nanostructures for solar thermal and solar photovoltaics.

Jifeng Liu


Kevin McComber

Kevin McComber spent several years as a process engineer at multiple Intel fabrication facilities. He then joined Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he worked on insurance claims processes as well as corporate strategy.

Kevin McComber


Miloš Popović

Miloš Popović is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University and a PI at the BU Photonics Center.  He received his PhD in 2007 at MIT.  His interests include theory, design and new concepts of integrated photonic devices, and approaches to electronics-photonics integration.

Miloš Popović


Stefan Preble

Stefan Preble is an Associate Professor in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is an expert in Silicon Photonic devices and circuits and is working to implement the technology in high performance computing, communication and sensing systems.

Stefan Preble


Sajan Saini

Sajan Saini is the Education Director at AIM Photonics Academy, MIT. He has been a lecturer at Princeton University in writing and science communications, and was formerly a member of the physics faculty at Queens College of CUNY. His photonics research interests include waveguide optical amplifiers, nanostructured materials, and photonic crystal devices.

Sajan Saini

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