MEMS 2000 workshop set for October 9, 2000

For Immediate Release

Seattle – “MEMS 2000: Commercial Transition,” the Washington Technology Center’s fourth MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) Workshop is set for Monday, October 9, 2000 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 300 – 112th Avenue S.E., Bellevue, Wash.

MEMS is the design, fabrication and integration of structures and devices at the micron scale. The small size makes devices faster, less expensive, and more reliable with higher precision, in addition to opening up applications that are not possible at larger sizes. Current examples of MEMS-based devices include automobile airbag sensors and ink jet sprayheads; future applications include in-vivo medical monitors, miniaturized scanning and display devices, optical switches and industrial sensor and control systems. Growth of MEMS opportunities continues at an accelerated pace. Market projections of $10 billion by the end of this year to $30 billion by 2004 are an indication of the potential for this far-reaching technology.

The Washington Technology Center has supported MEMS research at Washington State University and the University of Washington for the past 4 years. Much of the technology developed is now finding its way into the private sector, hence the theme for this year’s workshop-Commercial Transition. The workshop is one of WTC’s key activities for bringing MEMS professionals in Washington State together for information exchange.

This year’s workshop will feature:

— Roger Grace, Roger Grace Associates, internationally recognized expert on MEMS markets, will be the keynote speaker. His presentation, “Commercialization Issues of MEMS: An Industry Report Card,” will be of interest to business executives and investors, in addition to the technical audience.

— David Bishop, Director of MEMS Research at Lucent Technologies – Bell Laboratories, will present a tutorial on optical MEMS – a topic vital to those working in optical fiber communications systems and scanning / imaging technologies.

— CJ Kim, UCLA, will give a tutorial on advanced MEMS processing technology, covering bulk and surface micro-machining techniques, micro-scale mechanics and micromanufacturing

The registration fee is $100.

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