The National Nano Device Laboratories (NDL) is “Taiwan’s key bastion of development for high-level expertise in semiconductor. Since establishment in 1988 the NDL has been dedicated to supporting the academia for its research to develop advanced semiconductor processing technologies and cultivating semiconductor talents needed by the industries.”1 Electrical Engineering professor Dr. Hsing-Huang Tseng of the Ingram School of Engineering has been spending the past year creating and maintaining ties with NDL in order to obtain the partnership. He explains that “it is very important strategically to collaborate with a well-established lab which can provide devices. NDL is the ideal lab: they have a sophisticated facility to process devices; they are eager to collaborate with international universities; and due to my personal ties there, we have a mutual trust. We are looking at long term growth and broadening the international scope for the Ingram School of Engineering.”
The opportunity for Texas State University-San Marcos (TSU) to collaborate with such a well-established international laboratory opens doors into new types of research and study. One of the main goals of the NDL is “To collaborate with domestic and overseas industry and academic research entities to improve the standard of technical service provided in the three emerging research areas including Nano CMOS Device Technology Platform, Nano Energy and Optolectronic Device Technology Platform and Nano Biomedical MEMS Technology Platform.”1 Texas State University-San Marcos joining the NDL to promote forward-thinking technology will aid in keeping TSU current and competitive with schools around the nation and will provide students with invaluable research experience.
1“National Nano Device Laboratories”. National Applied Research Laboratories. 2007-2010. http://www.narl.org.tw/en/tech/company/?company_id=3.