SCME Industry Mapping Project
Locations of Micro and Nanotechnology Companies in the U.S.
Duncan McClure - SCME Graduate Student Assistant
Check out the Map presented by Duncan at the COMS2014 conference in Salt Lake City. http://scme-nm.org/media/files/SCME_Map_Project_Poster_final.pdf
To assist its efforts in assessing the need and relevance of micro and nanotechnology related education, the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) has recently undertaken a microsystems and nanotechnology mapping project.
As part of this effort, the locations of over 3000 companies and government facilities within the United States that make use of micro and nanotechnologies are presented. These are compiled into a density map, meant to identify emerging and established micro and nanotechnology clusters. Such helps the SCME and its partners determine where perspective students may find employment related to micro and nanotechnologies, and where to focus their effort and resources.
1500 of the companies listed are sorted into seven categories based on the technical field their work lies in. These roughly correspond to the skill sets and technical knowledge an engineer or technician may need to work at such companies. Defined broadly, these are:
- Materials / Chemicals / Nanomaterials
- MEMS including Bio-MEMS and Microsensors
- Electronics / Electronic Components
- Research and Development / Laboratory Analysis Services
- Optics and Photonics
- Tools and Capital Equipment
The percentages of each are presented in the poster, as well as the locations of highest applicable industry concentration. This map is to privede a snapshot of the industry enabled by micro and nanotechnologies by presenting where it is located and within which established fields it currently exists in.
With this data, the SCME plans to create an interactive map on this website. Once complete, this will become the most extensive industry map for micro and nanotechnologies online. Its main function is to enable educators to determine technical skill needs region and guide students looking to start a career in small technologies.