The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) is a unique program that invests public funds into university research initiatives with the potential to foster local economic development opportunities. In fall 2015, the IGEM program awarded a three-year grant worth $1.5 million to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Boise State University.
This funding enabled ECE to invest in the expansion of the Idaho Microfabrication Laboratory (IML) and expand expertise in the emerging research areas of flexible/printed electronics, thin-film and 2D materials, and neuromorphic computing.
Equipped to fabricate microelectronic devices using various thin film deposition techniques, chemical processing, photolithography, and plasma etching, the newly updated IML is a shared recharge center accessible to industry partners, government agencies, university affiliates, and entrepreneurs.
In the next phase of this project, our goal is to foster greater collaboration with local industry, transforming the IML into a critical resource for research and development for organizations across Idaho. By soliciting feedback from local industry experts, ECE will be better positioned to offer the support and service needed to take your products to the next level. The ECE Industry Forum 2017 represents the first step in this critical collaboration.