Semiconductor/Electronics Manufacturing Experts in the Classroom Technology Reinvestment Project #3666

Award Dates: 1 July 94 - 30 June 98

The University of New Mexico (UNM) will use existing Manufacturing Engineering Program (MEP) and Management of Technology (MOT) faculty to coordinate the use of about eighty technical and business manufacturing experts from regional and national companies, private consultants, and federal laboratories into fourteen new and five existing manufacturing and business courses. Equipment and facilities at regional company and Federal Laboratory sites will also be used for training students. The courses and facilities are developed under this and the related TRP project entitled "Apprenticeship-Oriented Education and Extension Training".

Nearly forty business entities or affiliates, including Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Philips Laboratory, and the State of New Mexico, will contribute guest lecturers, special tours, and support for programs and student projects.

This project seeks to inject the expertise of manufacturing technologists and business leaders into courses. A major focus of the proposed experts is in the nationally-critical area of board-level and chip-level electronics manufacturing. Experts will contribute to full courses, short courses, company-site lectures, tours and practicums, and mentoring of students. Graduate assistants will support the instructional requirements of the experts. Graduate fellowships will be available for manufacturing engineering students, including minority students. The message of the experts will be distributed, via an existing and to-be-expanded state-wide video network, to sites at companies, Federal Laboratories, State-supported manufacturing extension and technology centers, and other universities. Instructional interactions will also occur with technical-vocational and disability institutes.

The project will assist individuals displaced by the U.S. defense reduction activities, and provide state-of-the-art industry technology information to Federal Laboratory workers, while providing a high quality work force to manufacturing companies, helping them to become more competitive in the global economy.


Professor J.E. Wood,
Director, Manufacturing Engineering Program
MTTC Building, Suite 175
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87106
phn: 505-272-7000
fax: 505-272-7152