'First' Ph.D.s in microsystems engineering


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), which launched its doctoral studies in microsystems engineering in December 2002, has granted the first-ever Ph.D. degrees in that field anywhere to two candidates in May 2005, according to a recent RIT publication.

This "first" distinction goes to graduate students—Anand Gopalan and Mark Steinke—from RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Gopalan's research with built-in, self-test circuits and methods for high-speed communication devices has created new ways for efficient and cost-effective testing of RF circuitry. Steinke researched and developed advanced cooling methods for microprocessors, the RIT publication states. Currently, 26 other students are enrolled in the university's microsystems engineering Ph.D. program.

Frank J. Bartos, executive editor

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