The goal of PRC’s educational programs is to produce highly cross-disciplined individual engineers. This means every PRC student will be Interdisciplinary in two or more disciplines: electrical, mechanical, chemical, bio and materials sciences and engineering, since the electronics systems are interdisciplinary, as shown in Fig. 1.
Unique Opportunities for Graduate Students in PRC
The Georgia Tech Packaging Research Center is unique in three ways. It goes beyond the traditional exploratory research by faculty and graduate students to an integrated and system level approach with particular focus on:
- Leading-edge electronic and bio-electronic systems research
- Cross-discipline education of students
- Industry collaborations with more than 50 companies from the U.S., Europe and Asia all in one transformative systems technology called System-On-Package, pioneered by the Center.
In research, the PRC is pioneering System-on-Package (SOP). Such a concept has begun to revolutionize ultra-miniaturized consumer electronics and ultra-high performance computing systems. As these systems are explored with nanoscale components, electronic systems are expected to trend to mega-functional computing, communication, and bio-sensor systems at lowest cost in smallest size.
In education, PRC strives to educate globally-competitive and interdisciplinary individuals with knowledge not only in electrical, mechanical, thermal, materials and chemical sciences and engineering – but also in theoretical and hands-on practical knowledge.
In global industry collaborations, the PRC collaborates with 70+ companies to transfer both the new technologies and the educated engineers to provide a path for commercialization of SOP-based technologies. As a result, graduate students are globally engaged with global industry and hit “the ground running” when they join companies upon graduation.
In facilities and labs, the PRC has state-of-the-art 300mm SOP wafer fab facilities from design-to-manufacturing and prototype development. In addition, it has access to fundamental research labs in electrical, thermal, materials research and characterization.
In leadership, the PRC is headed by a globally recognized expert in microelectronics and packaging – Prof. Rao R. Tummala. Additionally, all graduate students are mentored by expert research faculty in PRC’s core areas.
In opportunities, PRC graduates historically receive higher salaries upon graduation, and work for the best companies and universities globally.
Inter-disciplinary Education at PRC
The graduate students perform basic, elemental and breakthrough concepts for their thesis as individuals mentored by research faculty and advised by academic faculty.
In addition, they integrate their individual building block technologies into “Design and Demonstration Test Vehicles” working with other graduate students, on-campus industry engineers as well as research mentors. These test Vehicles are meant to be designed and demonstrated to the IAB needs.
This concept from basic and strategic technologies to industry prototypes is illustrated in Fig. 2.
GT PRC’s research vision for its students includes 8 core areas and many design and demonstration test vehicles that integrates many of these for smartphones, wearables and automotive systems.
The graduate students pursue MS and Ph.D degrees with disruptive or breakthrough concepts in core technologies as individuals but go beyond to integrate their new concepts into functional design and demonstration test vehicles, by working with other students and industry engineers from supply-chain manufacturers and users.