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DSIPL Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Lab Trains Students in Semiconductor Technology

Taking part in the DSIPL celebration were, from left, Bradley Barber of Skyworks, Robert Richardson of Intel, Provost Donald Pierson, George LeVan of Skyworks, Prof. Kanti Prasad, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair Craig Armiento, Robert Meisenhelder of Analog Devices, Robert O’Reilly of Analog Devices and Dean John Ting.

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The University’s Distributed Semiconductor Instructional Processing Laboratory (DSIPL), which provides both undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on experience in semiconductor design and fabrication, has celebrated its 20th founding anniversary.

Prof. Kanti Prasad of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was instrumental in establishing the DSIPL at the University in 1987. He accomplished this in collaboration with Tufts University, Merrimack College and the Massachusetts Microelectronics Center (MMC). The laboratory is used primarily by students from the consortium’s Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering departments.

During the Nov. 29 celebration held in the Trustees’ Room, Prasad thanked all the industrial partners who have provided long-standing and continued financial support for the students’ research projects, especially after the MMC pulled out of the consortium in 1991. Plaques of appreciation were given to George LeVan, Stanley Swearingen and Bradley Barber of Skyworks Solutions; Robert Meisenhelder and Robert O’Reilly of Analog Devices; and Robert Richardson and John Beck of Intel.

“The contribution and perpetual support of these companies and the vision of these individuals has kept DSIPL and the microelectronics activity vibrant,” said Prasad. Interim provost Donald Pierson congratulated Prasad on behalf of the University and Chancellor Marty Meehan for keeping this partnership dynamic.

Also present at the celebration were Deans John Ting, Robert Tamarin and Kathryn Carter and Continuing Education executive director Pauline Carroll, along with the heads of the Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics departments.

Prasad was also responsible for developing a comprehensive program on Microelectronics/VLSI (Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits) Technology within UMass Lowell’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, covering such subjects as fundamentals, materials, devices, circuits and systems. This model, which he presented at the Canadian Conference on Engineering Education in 1992, has gained wide acclaim from both the semiconductor industry and academia.