SCME co-Hosts the 2013 Sandia National Laboratories MEMS Design Competition

The SCME co-hosted the 2013 Sandia National Laboratories MEMS design competition at the Manufacturing Training and Technology Center on May 14.   A dozen educational institutions presented, half of which where Mexican universities and technical colleges.

SCME’s Matt Pleil mentored a hybrid team from Albuquerque consisting of students from CNM and East Mountain High School.  CNM’s Kyle McWethy, led this team.  His design of the  MEMS Robotic Arm earned the team an honorable mention in the Novel Design Category.  Rebecca Brink and Audrey Campbell from East Mountain High School, was mentored by Olga Vasquez, their science teacher.  Olga has been collaborating with SCME since it start and has taken all of the MEMS courses offered at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM).   The MEMS courses at CNM are part of the Advanced System Technologies program, one of these is MEMS Design. The Albuquerque team is the only team consisting of community college and high school students.  This is quite an accomplishment considering that all the other team consisted of University and Technical College engineering undergraduate and graduate students. 

The competition was robust with US entries from Carnegie Mellon, Texas Tech University, Airforce Institute of Technology, University of Utah and Mexican presentations from Universidad Veracruzana, University of Guadalajara, Universidad de Guanajuato, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, and Centro de Ingenieria y Desarrollo Industrial (CIDESI).



For an additional article on the competition see:

Southwest Center for Microsystems Education at UNM Hosts MEMS Design Competition

For information on University MEMS Design Competition, see:

Northwest Vista College has a 2-year Associates in Applied Science Nano Tech program.  Qiaoying (Joy) Zhou is the program coordinator and one of the primary instructors.  Read about her program, comments from her students on their experience in the Pressure Sensor workshop and watch her on the news! Joy has brought her students from San Antonio Texas to the University of New Mexico twice over the past two years for SCME's one-week long Pressure
Sensor class.  The students built a microsystems pressure sensor device in the MTTC's cleanroom and learned how MEMS manufacturing is done.  The surface and bulk-micromachining processes covered topics including Photolithography, Lift Off, Bulk Anisotropic Etch, Chrome/Gold Deposition, Chemical Vapor Deposition and Reactive Ion Etching. 

Here are some of the comments made by Joys most recent student attendees:

My experience in New Mexico at UNM was a more than worthwhile endeavor. Being able to not only view the processes that go on in a clean room but to be part of them and perform operations of the caliber that we did was definitely perceptually changing. What I mean by this is that you can read about an experience all day but until you have actually had the opportunity to take part in it yourself you don’t know the in and outs of the resulting feelings and thoughts that correlate alongside the processes.... The instructors there were very knowledgeable and were able to give the students enough freedom and leniency to learn from mistakes, but enough structure to know that everything is to be conducted in a serious manner and did not over look anything..... James Raines

I feel my time at The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) was well spent. The workshop allowed me to learn more about the kind of work potential jobs may entail.  I also walked away with a better understanding of all the various scientific fields involved in manufacturing micro-electromechanical systems(MEMS) and nanotechnology. ... Zachary Simmons, November 12, 2009

Technology is not grown on trees and I think I know that, but when you’re able to actually go behind the scene, it allows your eyes to widen. My eyes have widened and I love the fact that this experience is offered here at this growing college. ... Daniel Gamboa


 You can watch a San Antonio video newscast where this is mentioned: Nano at Vista and learn more about their program at: Nanotechnology


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