Mission Statement

The Advanced Electronic Technology Center (AETC) was established in November of 1990 by a seed grant from the MITRE Corporation. AETC, a part of UMass Lowell, sees its educational mission as giving an opportunity to all ages of school students (middle school, high school, college) to explore scientific topics and, to study engineering. AETC, initiated in 1988, created the Young Engineers Academy to allow all groups of students to study engineering. The AETC promotes the participation of graduate, undergraduate, and high school students in AETC research. After exposure to professional training for number of years, students are ready for the challenges of a technology-oriented workplace.

AETC develops the reliable manufacturing for giga-scale miniaturization technology with the support pf companies such as M/A-COM, MITRE, Polaroid, Raytheon, Triton Systems and others. AETC contributes to UMass Lowell's technology transfer by patenting and publishing novel R&D developments, yet working at the same time in such fundamental fields as solid-state physics, quantum electronics, fundamentals of computer design.

Research Areas

AETC's research areas include:

  • Quantum Electronics and Optoelectronics
  • Semiconductor Devices
  • Modeling and Design
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Solar Cells
  • Analog-to-Digital Converter Design
  • Design for Reliability
  • Multi-Gigahertz Testing
  • Embedded Testing

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The Advanced Electronics Technology Center's research mission is development of reliable manufacturing for giga-scale miniaturization technology, to be performed in linkage with supporting companies. Current projects, AETC is focusing on:

  • High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs) with Tailored Field (TF)
  • Development of novel quantum well transistors
  • Measurements of noise in amplifiers
  • Systems for information coding and scrambling
  • Optoelectronics for Forensic Investigations and for Perimeter Security Systems.
  • Electronics for bio-engineering. Infrared medical diagnostics. Contactless fingerprint technology. Measurements of biological currents and voltages. For more information about the lab and the projects, check the link of Prof. Sam Milshtein Biomedical lab
  • Low-cost test methodologies for complex system-on-chips – project A: Adaptable design-for-testability (DFT) methods for digital and mixed-signal circuits; – project B: Non-intrusive signal analysis of multi-GHz clocked circuits
  • Emerging design-for-reliability and testability techniques and methodologies – project: Reliability and life-testing of compound semiconductors
  • Low-power high-bandwidth architectures for parallel processing – project: Adaptable processing-in-memory based architectures terahertz circuit design - project: Room temperature ballistic terahertz transistors and circuits.