SSEL offers one of the most comprehensive and innovative education programs in the country dealing with all aspects of solid-state devices, circuits, and tech-nologies. SSEL is home to three of the academic majors that are offered by the EECS department. These three majors are:
More details about academic opportunities can be found on the EECS website:
Research Programs for Undergraduate Students
In addition, SSEL has several educational programs where undergraduate students can get involved in research. Undergraduates can apply for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program conducted by both the NNIN or by the NSF ERC in WIMS. These programs allow students to select projects from a wide array of research activities under the supervision of SSEL faculty. In addition, students can also choose undergraduate summer internship projects with SSEL faculty.
Solid-State Devices, Theory, and Technologies
For educational programs under this area, the term "solid state" is used as a broad term to describe the areas of semiconductor physics, device physics, and micro- and nano-technology for electronics and optoelectronics. The undergraduate program in electrical engineering includes a required course on semiconductor physics and semiconductor devices, EECS 320. This course serves as the basis for our educational programs in solid-state devices, theory, and technologies and circuits. Our senior undergraduate courses and graduate courses in the "solid state" area may generally be categorized into the areas of semiconductor physics, devices, and technology, where graduate students are required to take courses in each of these areas. In the semiconductor physics area, we have two primary courses (420, 520) that examine the physical properties of materials in the interest of devices. We offer several courses in device physics based on electronic devices (421, 512, 521) and optoelectronic devices (429, 513, 529). In the device technology area, we offer a laboratory course in semiconductor microelectronic fabrication (423) that provides students with the opportunity to fabricate and test MOSFETs in a cleanroom environment. We also offer courses that focus on process technology for microwave devices and circuits (524) and micro- and nano-device fabrication (528).
Analog and RF Circuits:
There is a comprehensive set of courses in analog and RF circuit design ranging from introductory circuits courses to advanced courses in RFIC and data conversion. The circuits courses combine theory, analysis and practical implementation of circuits. Students gain practical experience in design and layout of state-of-the-art circuit in state-of-the-art commercial CMOS processes.
VLSI and Digital Circuits:
From the beginning of VLSI activity at Michigan, the undergraduate program has been characterized by giving students a broad background in the fundamentals (including logic design, computer architecture, programming, device physics, circuit fundamentals, and large- and small-signal transistor circuits), combined with project-oriented VLSI courses using a world-class computing environment and CAD tools. The graduate program has also required a great deal of breadth, including circuit fabrication in the Michigan Nanofabrication Facility in the Solid-State Electronics Lab, compilers and operating systems, computer architecture, CAD, digital testing, in-depth courses on advanced MOS technology, a theoretical course on logic circuit synthesis and optimization, and a VLSI experience with large projects designed by a small team focusing on a range of design trade-offs. The outcome of these programs has been mature engineering graduates who are productive almost immediately when they begin work, and who have the broad and deep background that makes them flexible as technologies and design styles change throughout their careers.
MEMS and Integrated Microsystems
In recent years, one of the main educational objectives of the SSEL has been the development of an effective college-level educational program for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in microsensors, microactuators, micro electromechanical systems (MEMS), or more generally, microsystems.
Toward this end, a number of courses have been newly developed or revised. The first course in the series is EECS 414, which is a prerequisite for all other courses and should be taken by all students. The second course is EECS 425, which is a laboratory course for both circuit and MEMS design and fabrication. The third course is EECS 514, which covers advanced MEMS devices and technologies, and the last course is EECS 515, which deals with all aspects of integrated micro-systems, interface circuits, noise, and detection limits. Of these courses, at this time EECS 414, 514, and 515 are available as on-line offerings for off-campus students.
A course has also been developed in microsystems of relevance to biological diagnostics and research (BioMEMS). At this point it is taught as a special topics course. We also occasionally offer on-line courses in special topics such as non-lithographic micromachining (including micro-milling and micro-drilling) in collaboration with other universities. These are provided based on availability and demand, when the primary instructor is a recognized specialist in the topic of the course.
A special course, EECS 830, deals with the societal impacts of integrated microsystems. It is a seminar course, with invited lectures from some of the leading scientists and engineers who discuss topics ranging from the internet to space exploration to water quality.
In addition to these courses, a new degree option has been developed to specifically address the cross-disciplinary needs of this field. Offered under the Interdisciplinary Professional (InterPro) Program of the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the Master of Engineering Degree in Integrated Microsystems is the first of its kind in the country. It accommodates students and industry professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds in engineering and basic sciences.