Georgia Tech has extensive expertise and longstanding experience in electronics design, materials, and devices and packaging; semiconductor design, materials, device fabrication and characterization, biomedicine, nanomaterials and policy. As a result, Georgia Tech has become a national leader in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
In the complimentary fields of Electronics and Nanotechnologies the application possibilities for the benefit of mankind are vast. Nanotechnology based advances include the potential to revolutionize medicine, contribute to the protection of the earth's environment, enhance the capabilities of homeland security, provide new approaches in energy creation and storage, as well as improve the size, performance, and effectiveness of many other traditional consumer and industrial applications throughout the globe.
The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech was established as an Interdisciplinary Research Institute (IRI) with the goals of providing a central entry point and a central organization to enable interdisciplinary E&N related training, education, and research at Georgia Tech in partnership with outside entities. IEN operates under the office of the Georgia Tech Executive Vice President for Research, Professor Stephen Cross, and is led by Executive Director, Professor Oliver Brand.
IEN is the organizational home for Georgia Tech's professional support team and physical infrastructure, which includes several research buildings and shared user laboratories valued in excess of $400MUS. IEN also enables research for individual Principal Investigators in addition to several fundamental applied research centers, engineered systems laboratories, and strategic research programs. Each of these research effort are led by prominent, research active Georgia Tech faculty who are involved in E&N technologies, many of whom are members of the National Academy of Engineers. Additionally, IEN is proud to be the southeastern regional hub for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Nano Infrastructure Network (NNIN) and the national headquarters for NNIN Educational programs.
IEN Centers, Labs, and Programs include:
- 3D Systems Packaging Research Center
- Center for Compound Semiconductors
- Center for MEMS and Microsystems Technologies
- Georgia Electronic Design Center
- Georgia Tech Quantum Institute
- Georgia Tech Research Institute's Microelectronics & Nanotechnologies Laboratory
- Material Research Science & Engineering Center
- University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics
- SRC Interconnect & Packaging Center
- National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
Major areas of Electronics and Nanotechnology research conducted through the centers, labs and programs at IEN include:
- Biomedical Materials and Devices
- Electronics Packaging and Components
- MEMS, NEMS, Microstructures, and Microsystems
- Nanostructures and Nanomaterials
- Optoelectronics, Photonics, and Phononics
- Semiconductors, Materials, and Processes
Our vision is that Georgia Tech will become a premier global, physical and intellectual nexus in the fields of Electronic and Nanotechnology, and related areas. Through this activity we will enable high impact research, achieve creation of human capital, establish significant industry interactions, and inform state and national policy in these areas.
Advance the State-of-the-Art in E&N Technologies
- Enable and seed cutting-edge research.
- Explore, develop, and transfer discoveries and innovations.
- Coalesce and enable new interdisciplinary and intra center research.
- Develop and cultivate the next generation workforce.
Provide enabling E&N infrastructure
- Provide State-of-the-art Core Design, Fabrication and Characterization facilities and expertise.
- Offer advanced technical expertise for support and expansion of research.
- Expand research engagements with industry, government and other organizations.
Promote public awareness for E&N Technologies
- Inform State and National Policies.
- Provide Education and Outreach.
- Answer the question: “What does GT Think?”