Invited: Solidstate Engineering at Northwestern University
Northwestern University has a dedicated cleanroom facility with multiple MOCVD and MBE system, and a state of the art toxic gas handling system dedicated to the growth of III-V semiconductor materials. Northwestern also has multiple facilities dedicated to the processing of these semiconductor materials into packaged devices, as well as the expertize and knowledge to test and characterize a wide array of III-V semiconductor devices. These facilities are currently used by undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral scholars and research faculty, and support an integrated solid-state engineering curriculum.
The solid state engineering curriculum consists of a core focused on developing a fundamental understanding of theory, design and physics; semiconductor material growth and characterization; and device processing and testing. Three Textbooks have been developed to support this core curriculum: Fundamentals of Solid State Engineering, 3rd ed.; Technology of Quantum Devices; and the MOCVD Challenge, 2nd Ed. This curriculum then branches off into two major thrusts: “electronic transport” and “optoelectronics”. The electronic transport thrust contains classes covering low and high-power electronic devices.
This talk will review the current solidstate educational curriculum at Northwestern and our future plans to expand the coverage of wide-bandgap power devices in order to better educate the next generation of scientists and engineers to work in this important and growing area.