MEMS Laboratory Checklist

  • Get card key access for EE B020A, B024, and B025.
  • Introduce yourself to the other group members.
  • Find out your budget name and number (for supplies and purchase orders).
  • Attend the following seminars (as appropriate for your field of study):
  • Get to know the directors of the EE microfabrication lab, the Washington Technology Center microfabrication lab, and the Nanotechnology User Facility. Make sure that you have something intelligent to say to each of them (like who you are, where you come from, what you hope to work on, ...).
  • Go to the Engineering Library and find out where the MEMS journals are on the shelves, and where they are in bound form:
    • ASME/IEEE Journal of MEMS
    • Sensors and Actuators
    • IoP Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
    • Applied Physics Letters
    • Journal of Applied Physics
    • Lab on a Chip
    • ...
  • Take a look at a copy of the proceedings of a recent MEMS conference, such as: IEEE MEMS, Hilton Head, Transducers, SPIE, ASME/WAM, microTAS.
    What can you say qualitatively about the content, style, and quality of these different conferences?
  • Find out which of the above journals and conferences are available online via the UW Library.
  • Go to the EE social hour (Fridays 3:30-4:30 in the EE atrium).

This list was inspired by the BSAC checklist, created by Kris Pister who also has some worthwile thoughts on guidelines and philosophy for academic life.

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