New Research Institute Leverages Current Electronics and Nanotechnology Strengths

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To leverage existing research expertise and resources in support of
strategic Institute initiatives, Executive Vice President for Research
Stephen Cross has announced the formation of the Institute for
Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN). The new interdisciplinary research
institute consolidates multiple electronics and nanotechnology research
centers and related programs into an organization designed to enhance
support for rapidly growing programs spanning biomedicine, materials,
electronics and nanotechnology.

“While each existing center will continue to be responsible for its own
specific programs, IEN will provide a single point of entry for industry
and government organizations that seek to leverage Georgia Tech’s
intellectual capabilities and a projection point for greater thought
leadership in this significant research domain,” Cross said. “From a
practical standpoint, we can also maximize cost efficiencies by sharing
equipment and facilities, while more effectively utilizing current
personnel to facilitate more rapid expansion of the research.”

The IEN will be led by Executive Director Mark Allen. Under his
leadership, the new center will focus on integrating existing center
personnel and equipment into the Marcus Nanotechnology Building and
other nearby spaces.  

According to Cross, IEN builds on the
vision and leadership established by Nanotechnology Research Center
Director James Meindl, who has positioned Georgia Tech as a global
leader in this area.

“Georgia Tech applauds his dedicated
leadership and insight, which will both play a key role in the
Institute’s renewal of related NSF-funded programs,” Cross said.

Patterned
after the highly successful Parker H. Petit Institute for
Bioengineering and Bioscience, which is comprised of 15 different
research centers, IEN will include the following centers and research
programs:

  • Center for Compound Semiconductors
  • Center for MEMS and Microsystems Technologies
  • Georgia Electronic Design Center
  • Georgia Tech Quantum Institute
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute’s research in microelectronics and nanotechnology
  • Interconnect Focus Center
  • Interconnect and Packaging Center
  • Materials
    Research Science and Engineering Center (Epitaxial Graphene)
  • Microelectronics Research Center
  • Microsystems Packaging Research Center
  • University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics Research and Education

“Our bold aspiration is to develop a world-renowned epicenter for
electronics, nanotechnology and related materials research,” Cross
added.