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As the first National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center at Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech PRC is a unique Global Center which has pioneered an integrated approach to cross-discipline research and education, and global industry collaborations. This visionary approach was a decade ahead of the recognized need for this type of collaborative research center. PRC employs the most comprehensive and leading-edge research utilizing three types of industry research programs – each involving academic and research faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industry mentors, in partnership with 80 global companies.

 

The Center for Co-design of Chip, Package, System conducts leading-edge research in the following areas:

   • System Architecture, Planning, Modeling and Implementation
   • IC Floor Planning, Place & Route, Design, Modeling and Characterization
   • Advanced Packaging, Substrate Fabrication, Modeling and Characterization
   • Advanced Interconnect and 3D Integration Technologies
   • Electronic Design Automation that includes Physical CAD and Multi-physics Modeling
   • Emerging Device and Interconnect Technologies

The center is organized into program specific areas where a group of faculty with complimentary expertise work on application driven technologies.

 

The Center for Compound Semiconductors (CCS) is a focal point for research and educational collaborations in the Georgia Tech community related to compound semiconductors, including conventional and nanotechnology materials and devices.

 

Located in the Technology Square Research Building and operated by the Georgia Electronic Design Center, are a variety of RF, mm-wave and photonics test beds and testing facilities.  Including the capability of providing very high-precision semiconductor active/passive device/circuits characterization including DC~170 GHz small-signal s-parameters and dedicated load-pull systems up to 110 GHz. Other capabilities include spectrum analysis up to 170 GHz and noise figure measurements up to 28 GHz.

 

 

The mission of the Center is to improve the fundamental understanding of the science and technology of advanced PV devices, to fabricate record high efficiency solar cells, to provide training and enrich the educational experience of students in this field, and to give the U.S. a competitive edge by providing guidelines to industry and DOE for achieving the cost effective and high efficiency PV devices.

 

Programs

COSMOS (COmputational Skins for Multi-functional Objects and Systems) is an interdisciplinary collaborative project to design, manufacture, fabricate, and apply "computational skins". COSMOS consist of dense, high-performance, seamlessly-networked, ambiently-powered computational nodes in the form of 2D flexible surfaces that can process, store, and communicate sensor data. Achieving this vision will redefine the basis of human-environment interactions by creating a world in which everyday objects and information technology become inextricably entangled. This will also enable alternative and neuromorphic computing that can change the foundation of computing today.

 

Flex@Tech

The Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FLEX@TECH) program at the Georgia Institute of Technology is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary research, development, manufacturing, educational, and workforce development initiative, involving a large number of academic and research faculty, engineers and staff members, graduate and undergraduate students, from various schools, colleges, research centers and institutes.  The members of this initiative work with other educational institutions, industry, and government agencies developing and implementing new technologies and manufacturing methods for Flexible Hybrid Electronics while educating and growing a competitive workforce that positively impacts the economic ecosystem in addressing some of the grand challenges associated with food, clean water, health, security, clean energy, and mobility for the sustainable progress of humanity and society.

 

IEN/Emory Center for Micro/Nano-Engineered Medical Devices

The MNE-MD (pronounced - mini-md) Program focuses on leveraging and developing micro/nano-devices to address medical problems that will directly affect the clinical practice of medicine. A key tenet of the Center is identifying and solving problems that are solely “medical” and not “bio” such that the path to clinical adoption and patient benefit is minimized. This ambitious goal is only achievable because our Center’s membership comprises of equal numbers of GT engineering faculty and Emory/CHOA physicians. Moreover, the Atlanta environment is ideal for our Center as an extraordinary level of cooperativity already exists between GT and Emory School of Medicine/CHOA at the student, faculty, and leadership levels.

 

Muscle-Inspired Actuators for Multiscale Robotics (MIAMuR)

The idea of miniaturized robots dates back to 50 years ago in the famous lecture by Richard Feynman, where he spoke of microrobots “swallowing the surgeon,”. Ever since then, synthetic rods, tubes, helices, spheres have been sought so far to be sent to human body for diagnosis, drug delivery and surgical purposes. However, their actuation and precise control have remained elusive to date. The Muscle-Inspired Actuators for Multiscale Robotics (MIAMuR) Program at GT-IEN investigates physical actuation techniques (i.e. magnetic and piezoelectric) for multiscale (um to cm) robotics using 3D printing techniques at the nano-scale.

 

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The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is an integrated networked partnership of user facilities serving the needs of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NNCI is a research facilitator, providing state-of-the-art equipment, resources, staff expertise, and training to enable high-quality nanoscale research. These user facilities are open to researchers from academia, industry, and government. To learn more, please visit www.nnci.net.