The recently held 2013 IEEE Workshop on Microelectronics and Electron Devices (WMED) proved that even those who shape the future of technology can learn from colleagues, educators and students.
With more than 400 attendees participating in different sessions, the workshop grew substantially in its eleventh year. Speakers from across the nation, including several team members from Micron congregated at Boise State University on April 12 to share their knowledge.
Members of the team who organized the event noted the “great, rejuvenating opportunity for engineers to spend the day learning cutting-edge material” and the ability to learn more about advancements within and outside of their fields.
Additionally, the Boise WMED is the only IEEE event that incorporates a high school student-focused program. University students are able to present their work, while high school students also participate in hands-on activities, developed and led this year by Micron Vice President of Memory System Development Dean Klein. This educational programming has drawn the attention of some IEEE leaders who hope to inspire other events to follow suit.
Reflecting the Micron Foundation’s focus, the IEEE workshop offered a unique opportunity to spark a passion for STEM subjects in students who attended. Students had unprecedented access to some of the brightest minds in technology and witnessed the breadth and depth of influence technology has in every aspect of our lives.
The workshop concluded with the Micron Research Symposium, which provided a forum for Micron’s technical leaders to address the faculty and research community at partner universities and highlight the challenges the memory industry is facing today and tomorrow. Researchers in attendance gained a better understanding of our industry, how they can participate in industry relevant research and strengthen existing partnerships.
Organizers recognized the wide range of support for the event from Micron and the Micron Foundation. From the Micron SSD team providing solid state drives for raffles to Dean Klein working with high school students to the Foundation helping increase attendance and university participation, the WMED had one of its strongest years in memory.