Microelectronics research and instruction began early at
The 1200-square-foot laboratory was constructed on the current site of the Microfabrication Facility in Cory Hall, and the first working circuit on 3/4-inch-diameter silicon wafer emerged in 1962.
By the early 1970s, the need for enlarged and modernized
facilities became clear. The continual push toward further integration required
increasingly sophisticated equipment as well as ultra-clean workspace. In
Specific planning for renovation and expansion began in 1979 and was completed in 1983, at a total cost of $4.57 million. Professor W. G. Oldham, with the support of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, the Electronics Research Laboratory, and the College of Engineering, was the driving force behind the creation of the new Microlab. Don Rogers, the first laboratory manager, with the assistance of Bob Hamilton, was instrumental in bringing to completion equipment installation. The first graduate class in the new Microlab in integrated circuit processing commenced in the fall of 1983.
In subsequent years, operations were stabilized and placed on solid organizational and financial footing. Lab membership slowly increased to over 500 presently. Professor Ping K. Ko, faculty director from 1984 – 1993 provided leadership in establishing a cooperative atmosphere among the various research groups. Katalin Voros, laboratory manager since 1986, assembled and trained a professional support staff who maintains a well-functioning and safe facility for the researchers.
Students also participate in planning laboratory policy; through monthly membership meetings they have a unique opportunity to establish and maintain the best and safest possible research environment. A highly cooperative spirit has been achieved, and researchers from diverse disciplines work in harmony.
Under the directorship of Professor Spanos, the Microlab
The present Microlab is in its third decade and will continue operating until a new laboratory, currently under construction as part of the CITRIS project, is completed.
Professor Ming Wu, as the Microlab Faculty Director, effective July 2008, will oversee the migration of the Microlab into the new Marvell Nanolab, starting in 2009.
Prof. C. Spanos July 1993 – June 2000
Prof. T-J. King July 2000 – July 2004
Prof. N. Cheung (interim) August 2004 – July 2006
Prof. Ming Wu July 2008 – December 2010