Ensuring Student Access to STEM's Leading Minds

By Micron Foundation - 2014-04-10

Foundation Gift creates Endowed Microelectronics Professorship at University of Idaho

The University of Idaho announced today a $1 million gift from the Micron Foundation to establish an endowed professorship in the College of Engineering at the university. The University of Idaho, Micron, and the Micron Foundation met with industry leaders at an event earlier today to announce the first gift of its kind for the Foundation and the College of Engineering.

The Micron Endowed Professor in Microelectronics ensures the university attracts and retains its most talented and accomplished faculty. It enables these academic leaders to continue their career and pursue ongoing research efforts that contribute to the microelectronics field in many ways, from sparking a passion for related STEM research topics to ensuring STEM students have access to leading minds and education to help them launch successful careers.

An endowed professorship awards tenured faculty members who have notable achievements in research, teaching and outreach, and provides compensation and funds to support students, travel and other research costs. Earned interest on initial investment allow for the professorship to reside at the university in perpetuity. Dr. Fred Barlow, electrical engineering faculty member and Fellow of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society, will receive the Micron professorship.

The gift also supports the Next Generation Microelectronics (NGeM) Research Center in the College of Engineering, which will be led by the Micron Endowed Professor in Microelectronics. NGeM is a new interdisciplinary research center with faculty from electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, materials engineering, computer science and mathematics. The mission of the center is to provide an environment for faculty and students to expand and develop the entire range of expertise associated with microelectronic chip design from applied mathematics to materials science and electronic packaging. NGeM’s strategic goal is to educate undergraduate and graduate students with the skills and knowledge needed by today’s industry, which makes the center’s relationship with Micron that more valuable.

Previously Micron and the Micron Foundation have invested in research grants with the University of Idaho regarding STEM education, from determining the benefits of early education and identifying opportunities where our state can improve.

Learn more about these initiatives and read the full release of the endowed professorship below:

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