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).
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Deposition for Microsystems Learning Module
This category include the Deposition Overview for Microsystems Learning Module (Instructor guide, Participant guide and PowerPoint presentation). This learning module provides an overview of the various deposition processes used to fabricate microsystems. Such processes include thermal oxidation, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), and physical vapor deposition (PVD).
The Science of Thin Films Kit (formerly Rainbow Wafer Kit) supports this learning module by providing the participants the opportunity to further explore thin films through an in-depth study of the thin film - silicon dioxide.
The following SCME YouTube videos can be used to support the concepts and activities introduced in this learning module.
Deposition Overview - Part I (12:53 minutes)
Deposition Overview - Part II (10:33)
Wet Thermal Oxidation Process Animation (1:11 minutes)
Dry Thermal Oxidation Process Animation (1:45 minutes)
Wet vs. Dry Oxidation Process Animation (2:01 minutes)
Deposition Overview for Microsystems Learning Module - Participant (Student) Guide
This learning module is an overview of the various deposition processes used in the manufacture of micro-sized devices or MEMS. Processes covered include thermal oxidation, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and physical vapor deposition (PVD).
This learning module consists of a pre and post quiz, reading material and two activities.
Latest revision May 2014 (Added the Science of Thin Films Activity)
This is a narrated presentation that reviews the deposition process, its applications within microsystem fabrication, and the two deposition processes - spin-on and thermal oxidation.
This is a narrated presentation that reviews three deposition processes used for microsystems fabrication: chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, and electrodeposition.