Dr. Pleil with Student at the MTTC
Teaching students about Microsystems Fabrication
Barbara Lopez at the MTTC
Teaching students the importance of safety in the clean room
Mathew, Olivia and Andy
Developing the chamber (backside) pressure sensor pattern
Olivia in the MTTC
Olivia is an EET student from Ivy Tech learning about MEMS fabrication
March Reactive Ion Etcher
Etching the Silicon Nitride hard mask
Rick and Andy using the March RIE
Rick and Andy etching the backside chamber mask pattern into the silicon nitride hard mask.
Rick using the "AAA" rule
Rick from Rio Salado learning how to fabricate a MEMS Pressure Sensor at UNM's MTTC cleanroom
SCME PS Workshop
Team Work during the SCME 8/2015 PS Workshop
Metal Evaporation
SCME Workshop - Cr/Au evaporation

Find out the latest additions to our website for Public and Registered users!  Note: The Team is constantly adding and updating our educational materials - make sure you are registered and go to the Educational Materials Link to see the wide range of downloads available!  Make sure you log in to see all! (Easy to do - select "Create an Account" on the first page).  Not all updates are included in this list.

Spring 2013

  • Updated data tracking article
  • Added Tech Directions Paper link/article
  • Cleaned up home page and featured articles
  • MJ added article on Spring 2014 workshop series.
  • Re-named kits, updated descripting and corresponding educational materials (MJ)

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This past year, SCME completed the production of the GeneChip Model kit.  The GeneChip model kit supports our newest Learning Module – DNA Microarrays.  The Learning Module booklet and kit were designed to be used by instructors and students in technology curricula to show the use and function of DNA Microarrays, as well as to demonstrate how microtechnology is used in the fabrication of these devices. 


For 2011-2012, “MEMS packaging” is at the top the list for new Learning Modules and kits. SCME, in conjunction with the University of New Mexico, developed a package for a MEMS pressure sensor that allows handling and testing of the otherwise fragile device.  We are currently in the process of creating an instructional kit and supporting materials that simulate the packaging process as well as allow the students to test a packaged MEMS pressure sensor using standard testing tools. 


To date, SCME has developed 150 SCOs (shareable content objects), making up over 30 Learning Modules and incorporating 11 classroom kits.  Each of our kits supports at least one, and sometimes more of our Learning Modules. 


For all of our materials, it is important that we receive feedback from our users.  Feedback allows us to determine if we are meeting our target audiences’ needs. Providing feedback is easy.  We have a link on our website - “SCO Feedback” under Educational Materials.


SCME has proven itself a leader in the Synergy Project.  Not only has SCME achieved success in its effort to spread its “Education Innovation” (improving SCO/Kit utilization after Pressure Sensor Workshops from 15% to 88%), but North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) has taken the full blown Pressure Sensor Workshop and shifted it to meet their own organization’s needs. 


Numerous adaptations were observed by SCME staff when they visited NDSCS’s presentation of the workshop in August 2011.  These adaptations added so much perceived value that SCME now plans to incorporate them into its own offerings. This stage of scaling is called evolution.  When SCME makes changes based on these ideas, we will have achieved the five dimensions of scale and thus have transformed ourselves using the Synergy methodologies. 


As the Synergy project enters its final year, Innovation Coaches have been challenged to review their Centers’ Stories and Reflections of Trying Out Scale, the 16 templates for concepts, processes and tools used to promote scaling.  The cornerstone of the January conference will be input provided via this collection of templates. The group will look at the templates and draw out common themes and learning.


This year’s Synergy conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM, January 25-27, 2012. For more information go to http://synergyrpt.org/events/2012-events/january-2012-conference-albuquerque-new-mexico

The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) has found an effective and economical method to expand its outreach nationwide. A series of six free online microsystems webinars for community college and university STEM educators has been slated for the 2011-12 academic year.


Utilizing the expertise of ATE partner MATEC’s NetWorks for the technical aspects of production, the webinars are put together and presented by SCME Instructional Designers  M.J. Willis and Barbara Lopez. The content is based on information from SCME’s microsystems teaching kits, workshop experience, and library of Learning Modules. New material is added to keep the experience fresh and interesting.


The first webinar, “MEMS 101: Introduction to Microsystems” on Oct. 21, 2011 had 36 registrants. Participant reaction was very positive; all of them stayed online throughout the entire 90 minute session. Attendees logged in from all over the Unites States plus Canada and Italy.


The upcoming webinar schedule is:


Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 @ 1 PM ET - MEMS 102: How do Microsystems (MEMS) work?


Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 @ 1 PM ET - MEMS 103: Biomedical Applications of Microsystems (BioMEMS)


Friday, Mar. 2, 2012 @ 1 PM ET - MEMS 201: Topics on Microsystems (MEMS) Materials - Crystal Structures


Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012 @ 1 PM ET - MEMS 202: Standard Micromachining Techniques


Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 1 PM ET - MEMS 203: Making a MicroPressure Sensor


Go to www.scme-nm.org for details and a link to registration.

MNT 2016 Conference In , June 28th - 30th, 2016

The MNT ATE Centers would like to invite you to the 5th annual Micro Nano Tech conference!

Go to the website: http://www.mnt-conference.net/ for more details!


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