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Innovative materials and processes in microelectronics and microsystems

UdeS and C2MI partner to create a research chair in microfabrication and integration

Sherbrooke, le 06 octobre 2022 – With their strong records of innovation, the Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS) and MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) have come together to create the C2MI Research Chair in Microfabrication and Integration. This position will be held by Serge Ecoffey, Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering at UdeS. A specialist in microfabrication, integration and microelectronic devices in the academic field and for industry, Dr. Ecoffey is a researcher member of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT) and Director of Scientific Partnerships at C2MI.

The goal of the chair is to develop innovative materials and processes for microfabrication and integration. “We want to develop innovation in the three main areas of electronic materials, microfabrication processes, and system integration processes,” said Dr. Ecoffey. “We will offer innovative solutions to Quebec and Canadian industries so that they can stay competitive as they fuel research and development into new products.”

Marie-Josée Turgeon, President and General Manager of C2MI, said that this chair will be an asset for the digital tech industry in many ways: “As Canada's largest electronic systems research and development centre for components essential to digital technologies, C2MI contributes every year to hundreds of innovative projects that change the world. Our organization improves people’s quality of life in many ways by introducing new tools, instruments and applications. This chair will let us proactively develop technologies that meet industrial needs, accelerate innovation commercialization, and strengthen our role as a catalyst for digital tech innovation.”

Training the next generation to meet the needs of industry

The chair will train highly qualified and specialized scientists and professionals who can actively develop and commercialize the essential components of digital technologies. Throughout its five-year term, the chair will aim to train about 50 students from the undergraduate to post-doctoral levels who will mainly work at C2MI and who will also have access to UdeS and particularly 3IT. They will also benefit from a stimulating environment with over 400 industrial and academic partners and high-level Canadian and international researchers from a variety of interdisciplinary fields.

UdeS and C2MI: partners in excellence

This new chair will strengthen the existing partnership between UdeS and C2MI. “I am delighted at this new step that UdeS is taking with C2MI, as our two institutions share a rich tradition of innovation and provide stimulating experiential training environments,” said Dr. Vincent Aimez, Vice-President, Partnerships and Knowledge Transfer at UdeS. “This partnership will be a key part of our strategic Integrated Innovation Chain ecosystem. The chair will foster collaborative research by developing a link between basic research, applied research, and knowledge transfer to support industry requirements and train workers that our society needs in this field of the future.”

About C2MI

The MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) is a collaborative initiative of Université de Sherbrooke, Teledyne DALSA and IBM. The C2MI serves as a reference in the development and commercialization of components essential to digital technologies, being a transversal vector to all economical sectors and critical to wealth creation. Backed by a world-class infrastructure in the manufacturing fields of microelectromechanical system (MEMS), advanced assembly of semiconductors, MEMS, compound semiconductors and electronic systems, as well as printable electronics, C2MI is at the heart of all industrial activity sectors integrating components essential to the use and deployment of digital technologies.

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