The new IGDS MSc programme "Advanced
Silicon Processing & Manufacturing Technologies" (ASP&MT)
has taken off with a flying start ............the first module was delivered
during the period March to may 2000 at The University of Edinburgh and
currently the second module is being delivered at UMIST, Manchester.
Malt Whisky, Indian Cuisine and Silicon
An intrepid band of 18 delegates from
NMI member companies and Further Education Colleges attended the Module
1 Residential Week held at the University of Edinburgh from 3rd to 7th
April 2000. The Module 'Device and Process Integration of Silicon
ICs' had previously commenced on 6th March with the issuing of course
notes, reading material and programme documentation. It drew to a close
upon completion by the delegates of the module examination on Friday
26th May. Module 1 - the first delegates
Delivery of the module was under the
direction of the module convenor, Dr Les Haworth, who was responsible
for all academic matters, whilst the logistics and organization were
handled by the Programme co-ordinator, Mrs. Sandy Peace working from
the IGDS Office at the University of Surrey.
The residential week is the core activity
of the IGDS modules so great attention was given to both academic and
social issues ..........in short the organizers worked to make the learning
process fun. All of the delegates, organizers and visiting lecturers
stayed in the Suffolk Lodge Hotel just 10 minutes walk from the King's
Buildings, University of Edinburgh. Yes, even the weather was kind and
taxis were unnecessary!
Participants arrived on the Sunday evening
for drinks and dinner prior to an illustrated talk by Peter Dryburgh
on the 'History of Malt Whisky' which was followed by a tasting of several
representative Malts including one rare Laphroig brew.
Monday morning came and all gathered
in the lecture room for the beginning of an intense week of lectures,
tutorials and laboratory/workstation demonstrations. The accompanying
photographs show some of the delegates during a break in the timetable,
engrossed in a lecture by DR Mike Duncan, Motorola on 'Shrink Migration-Issues
seen in a manufacturing environment' and studiously battling with
a TCAD simulation exercise. Light relief followed most evenings with
dinner in the hotel or private expeditions into Edinburgh which culminated
with an informal Module Banquet in the 5 star Shamiana Indian restaurant
in the heart of Edinburgh. The week was enjoyed by all and the organizers
left Edinburgh relieved that everything had run smoothly.
The residential week was part of the
first delivery of one of our IGDS modules, and was an important component.
As an educational activity it was appreciated and valued by the attendees.
Feedback from the delegates was positive and complementary, however
compliancy by the organizers will be avoided as, with hind sight, they
can see some weak aspects of the organization and documentation that
need to be rectified. In this programme both the delegates and organizers
are involved in the learning process, which can only be to the advantage
of industry and academia. Mike Duncan
from Motorola during his Lecture and A TCAD Simulation
Exercise with Professor Anthony Walton
THE MASTERS PROGRAMME
The programme has been developed by
a unique partnership consisting of ten universities and the UK National
Microelectronics Institute (NMI) representing the major silicon manufacturing
companies and their equipment and materials vendors.
The programme addresses a critical issue
for this industrial sector ........namely, the skills shortage and skills
mismatch of professional engineers. It does so by providing a world
class, part-time modular study programme for graduate, professional
engineers and scientists employed by the participating companies. Upon
completing the programme the successful delegates (students) will have
'state-of-the-art' knowledge of the current and developing technologies
and processes used for commercial silicon manufacture within this highly
competitive global industry. The visible reward for the delegates is
a postgraduate award (Certificate, Diploma or an MSc) which will facilitate
"fast-track" career advancement and signal the accumulation
of specialist technical knowledge. The programme is flexible as it permits
delegates to undertake one or two individual modules prior to registration
for the postgraduate programme at any one of the ten participating universities.
The programme is funded by a £435,000
grant from the UK EPSRC under the Integrated Graduate Development Scheme
(IGDS) and by fees paid by the delegates' employer. A tight business
plan ensures good financial control, such that a delegate from an NMI
member company can gain a postgraduate MSc at a cost of £8,400
to the company with a total of only 10 to 11 weeks absence from his/her
place of work.
The complete programme consists of up
to 16 different taught modules spanning all of the enabling technologies,
skills and disciplines required for silicon manufacture. The minimal
absence of the delegates from the factory floor, is achieved by employing
a mix of distance learning and short periods of direct contact teaching.
All taught modules have the same structure being approximately two months
in duration with the core activity being a one week residential period
at the university delivering the module. This Residential week is an
intensive period of study with about 35 hours of contact time which
includes lectures, problem solving exercises and laboratory TCAD demonstrations.
Specialist lecturers are drawn from industry and academia. A modules
typically has the following structure:
The award of an MSc demands
typically 3 years of part-time study with only 10 to 11 weeks absence
from the place of work, during which time the successful delegate will
have completed 8 modules plus a project, normally carried out at his/her
place of work. The awards of a postgraduate Diploma or Certificate require
proportionally less time and shorter absences from the factory. Delegates
may join the programme at any time during the calendar year. The range
of options are shown below:
Clive Dyson (NMI) and Peter Hemment
(UniS) attended the Third European Workshop on Microelectronics
Education (EWME 2000) held on 18th & 19th May in Fuveau, France,
where they presented an Oral Paper "A University Network
for the Silicon Industry" The paper was very well received
by the attendees from Japan, China, Korea, USA & Europe, and
prompted much discussion from numerous interested parties.
Valuable new contracts were made
with potential collaborators and overseas customers. Attendees
were intrigued and full of admiration of our success in forming
an efficient working consortium of ten autonomous universities.
A message from the Programme Director:
With great pleasure, I am able to report
that our IGDS MSc programme "Advanced Silicon Processing &
Manufacturing Technologies" is underway, and currently we have
27 registered delegates, of whom 24 are engineers from silicon Fabs.
Approximately 90% of the delegates wish to study for the postgraduate
Module 1 "Device & Process
Integration for Silicon IC's" was delivered during March and April
at the University of Edinburgh, under the guidance of the convenor,
Dr Les Haworth. Feedback from the attendees has been positive and complimentary.
The current priorities for the programme
administrators ate to install electronic networking to enhance communications
between delegates and their tutors and, also, too update the academic
Module 6 "Measurement Techniques
& Failure Analysis" is currently underway at UMIST, Manchester,
under the guidance of Professor Tony Peaker. Module 8 "Power Devices
& Processes" will be delivered at Swansea (convenor Professor
Phil Mawby) commencing in October.
This IGDS programme is a unique partnership
involving 10 universities and most of the principal companies participating
in UK Silicon IC manufacture. Please keep the organizers appraised of
the industry's requirements in the field of education and training -----
we need feedback and guidance from the companies to ensure that we meet
Professor Peter L F Hemment
1 June 2000