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BYU receives $100,000 Micron grant for "clean room" technology

Brigham Young University recently received a $100,000 donation from the Micron Technology Foundation Inc., to support microelectronics education over a four-year period.

Some of the funds will go to enhance education opportunities in BYU's Integrated Microelectronics Laboratory or "clean room." Newer equipment will be purchased over the next five years to replace existing equipment.

"This donation helps us keep our doors open by allowing us to keep current with technology and trends," said Phil Brown, lab manager of the clean room.

The clean room is a facility where students can gain hands-on experience with microfabrication processes similar to those used in industry to make circuits and other devices.

The lab has about 50 pieces of microelectronics equipment used by disciplines such as chemistry, physics and various engineering fields.

Undergraduate students use the clean room to apply the knowledge gained in class as part of their microelectronics-related courses. Students also use the facility to perform cutting-edge research with micro- and nanosystems under the direction of faculty mentors.

In addition to the donation, Micron funds several multiyear full-tuition undergraduate scholarships in chemical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, awarded to some of the best and brightest students at BYU.

For more information, call Phil Brown at (801) 422-4344.

Writer: Thomas Grover

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