Virginia Microelectronics Center
At the C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center (VMC), the next big thing starts small. This center, which is over 8,000 square feet, focuses on the fabrication and development of micro- and nano devices and state-of-the-art material creation. It sports two Class-1000 cleanrooms – the Interdisciplinary Cleanroom and the Microelectronics Materials and Device Laboratory. Students interested in fabrication are trained and complete their projects in the first floor Interdisciplinary Cleanroom research and educational facility, directed by Gary M. Atkinson, Ph.D. The Wright-Virginia Microelectronics Center Cup Competition is a yearlong contest for capstone teams working on devices. Winning participants are featured in the “excellence in design” awards during the year’s Capstone Design Expo.