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MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) are defined as a miniature device or an array of devices combining electrical, mechanical, optical, chemical and/or biological components fabricated via integrated circuit or other similar manufacturing techniques. It is by it’s very nature a multi-disciplinary field
Research, insight, and then applications of MEMS will shape the basis for the creation of technologies that will impact areas as diverse as computing, information technology, biomedical technology, the environment, along with energy, transportation, robotics,. manufacturing, deep space studies, and national security.
Since its start in the late 1960s, the MEMS field has been growing rapidly, especially since 1989. Currently, patents in MEMS are being issued at a rate of over one per day!
The MEMS Division will work towards the goals of: providing a focal point for the Mechanical Engineers entering and practicing in the MEMS field; Facilitating interaction and discussion among the MEMS community and generate opportunities for collaboration in order to spawn and maintain creativity in the field; Identifying the needs and problems of the MEMS community and bring together appropriate people to address them; Provide a platform to generate standards and guidelines for MEMS processes and technologies; Educate and inform engineers and scientists in various fields of the ongoing developments in the MEMS field; Help train new, multi-disciplinary MEMS researchers to enhance the growth of the field.
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