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Analyze and develop electronic and electromechanical materials.

Electronics Materials and Processing—Graduate Certificate

Electronics Materials and Processing

Develop skills for use in computer engineering or sensor design applications.

Build on your professional expertise in electrical engineering, micro-system technology, or computer engineering. The average computer engineer salary is well over $100,000 per year. Learn micromachining and microfabrication techniques. Design VLSI circuits using CAD tools. Study principles of solid-state devices at micro- and nano-scale dimensions.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Admissions requirement Electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering or related degree.
Contact Paul L. Bergstrom
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

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Here are some of the pre-requisite courses for this certificate.

EE 2174 - Digital Logic and Lab

Introduces analysis, design, and application of digital logic. Includes Boolean algebra, binary numbers, logic gates, combinational and sequential logic, storage elements and hardware-description-language based synthesis.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EET 2241 or EE 2241 or CS 1121 or CS 1131 or CS 1111

EE 3131 - Electronics

Covers the fundamentals of electronic devices and circuits; operational amplifiers, bipolar junction transistors, diodes, and MOSFETs.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EE 2112 or EE 3010

EE 4240 - Introduction to MEMS

Fundamentals of micromachining and microfabrication techniques, including planar thin-film process technologies, photolithographic techniques, deposition and etching techniques, and the other technologies that are central to MEMS fabrication.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

MSE 4240 - Introduction to MEMS

Fundamentals of micromachining and microfabrication techniques, including planar thin-film process technologies, photolithographic techniques, deposition and etching techniques, and the other technologies that are central to MEMS fabrication.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

EE 4271 - VLSI Design

Design of VLSI circuits using CAD tools. Analysis of physical factors affecting performance.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EE 3131 and EE 2174

CS 4321 - Introduction to Algorithms

Fundamental topics in algorithm design, analysis, and implementation. Analysis fundamentals include asymptotic notation, analysis of control structures, solving recurrences, and amortized analysis. Design and implementation topics include sorting, searching, and graph algorithms. Design paradigms include greedy algorithms, divide-and-conquer algorithms, and dynamic programming.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (CS 2311 or MA 3210) and CS 2321

Take 9 credits of elective courses.

Some courses have dual offerings in electrical engineering (EE) and materials science and engineering (MSE). Do not take both dual offerings. Take a maximum of three credits at the 4000-level.

EE 4271 - VLSI Design

Design of VLSI circuits using CAD tools. Analysis of physical factors affecting performance.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EE 3131 and EE 2174

EE 4240 - Introduction to MEMS

Fundamentals of micromachining and microfabrication techniques, including planar thin-film process technologies, photolithographic techniques, deposition and etching techniques, and the other technologies that are central to MEMS fabrication.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

MSE 4240 - Introduction to MEMS

Fundamentals of micromachining and microfabrication techniques, including planar thin-film process technologies, photolithographic techniques, deposition and etching techniques, and the other technologies that are central to MEMS fabrication.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

EE 5430 - Electronic Materials

A study of the physical principles of electronic materials, their applications in solid-state devices, and future trends in their development.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

MSE 5430 - Electronic Materials

A study of the physical principles of electronic materials, their applications in solid-state devices, and future trends in their development.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

EE 5460 - Solid State Devices

A study of the physical principles and evolution of solid-state devices, such as transistors: from conventional to novel types utilizing hetero-junctions and quantum effects; light emitting devices, semiconductor lasers; and displays of various types.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

MSE 5460 - Solid State Devices

A study of the physical principles and evolution of solid-state devices, such as transistors: from conventional to novel types utilizing hetero-junctions and quantum effects; light emitting devices, semiconductor lasers; and displays of various types.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

EE 5470 - Semiconductor Fabrication

Graduate level introduction to the science and engineering of semiconductor device fabrication.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

EE 5471 - Microfabrication Laboratory

A hands-on laboratory experience in which the students fabricate devices with micro-and nano- scale dimensions. Lecture component covers safety training, background on microfabrication processes and systems, and facility tours to observe additional systems.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

EE 5480 - Advanced MEMS

This course will cover advanced topics dealing with MEIXIS technologies, transduction mechanisms, and microfabricated sensors and actuators.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EE 4240 or MY 4240

MSE 5480 - Advanced MEMS

This course will cover advanced topics dealing with MEIXIS technologies, transduction mechanisms, and microfabricated sensors and actuators.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EE 4240 or MY 4240 or MSE 4240

EE 5780 - Advanced VLSI Computer-Aided Design

Nanoscale chip design presents issues for IC designs and new market areas for design automation. This course provides a comprehensive introduction on layout design. Advanced algorithms and optimization techniques are presented to give students the skills needed for nanometer VLSI design.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CS 4321 and EE 4271

The minimum completion time is two semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
EE/MSE 4240
EE/MSE 5470
EE/MSE 5480

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of microelectromechanical systems and electronics materials.

Students receiving this certificate will have demonstrated the ability to solve open-ended problems in electronic materials and processing from fundamental principles, and be able to apply their solution to real world problems.

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Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Paul Bergstrom

Paul Bergstrom

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Bergstrom teaches electronics, introductory MEMS, and advanced MEMS.

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Elena Semouchkina

Elena Semouchkina

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Semouchkina teaches courses in electronic materials and devices, solid state devices, and physical electronics.

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