Integrated Photonics Focus of AIM Summer Academy at MIT

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A weeklong boot camp in integrated photonics, July 22-26, 2019

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 22, 2019 — AIM Summer Academy 2019 has opened registration for its weeklong “photonics boot camp” featuring intensive short courses on integrated photonics (IP) for students, educators, engineers, and executives. From materials and devices to electronic photonic design automation (EPDA) software training and IP circuit design, the AIM Summer Academy will provide a thorough introduction to IP technologies and their commercial applications. It will take place July 22-26 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass.

AIM Summer Academy on Integrated Photonics, MIT.
Students learn about integrated photonics at AIM Summer Academy. Courtesy of AIM Photonics/MIT.
Attendees will choose from one of two education tracks: 

PIC Fundamentals
will feature short, intensive courses on photonic integrated circuit (PIC) systems-level drivers, materials and devices, process design kit, chip fabrication and manufacturing, process variation, integrated photonics area applications, chip packaging, and optical/electrical test characterization.

Applied PIC Design will feature training workshops in PIC design with AIM-compatible automated software, integrated photonics area applications, chip packaging, and test characterization.

Registration in either education track will enroll attendees to participate in a weeklong design project. Classes will be taught by instructors from MIT, Columbia University, University of Delaware, and Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as from industry.

For more information, visit the AIM Summer Academy webpage. To register, visit the AIM Summer Academy registration page.

The AIM Summer Academy is presented by the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), an industry-driven, public-private partnership. The goal of AIM Photonics is to emulate the successes experienced by the electronics industry over the past 40 years and transition key lessons, processes, and approaches to the photonic integrated circuit industry.

AIM Academy teamed up with TED-Ed to create three videos that introduce concepts in integrated photonics. The first video in the series highlights the role of integrated photonics in powering the internet: 

The hidden network that makes the internet possible. Explore how fiber optics uses light to transmit data over long distances, and with integrated photonics, expands our virtual world beyond the internet. Courtesy of Sajan Saini/Artrake Studio.

Published: May 2019
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