Program Structure

The Si-EPIC Program is designed with the following four major components:

1. Workshops 

Students supported by CREATE funds will receive specialized training via a series of FOUR design workshops:

 

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

Passive Silicon Photonics

Jun 25 - Jul  6 

McGill 

Workshop Registration

May 27- Jun 2

U.of Ottawa

Workshop Registration

May 21 - 27

Laval University

Workshop Registration

Summer, TBD

Active Silicon Photonics

Nov 2 - 5  

UBC

Workshop Registration

July 8 - 16 

McGill

Workshop Registration

October 24 - 28

UBC
Workshop Registration

Summer, TBD

Electronics for Photonics (CMOS)

 

Aug 26 - 30

UBC

Workshop Registration

November 7 - 11

UBC

Workshop Registration

Summer, TBD

Systems, Integration, and Packaging

 

 

July 8 - 11

McGill

Workshop Registration

Summer, TBD

Students are required to attend at least one of four Si-EPIC summer workshops per year, each 5-10 days long.

Undergraduate students undergo a summer research assistant position in one of the co-PI labs (typically focused on experimentation with mentorship from a graduate student), concurrently take a summer workshop, and complete their own design.

Masters students begin their degrees with a summer workshop and typically take two workshops during their degree.

PhD students take all four workshops during their degree (e.g., one per year).

2. Design­–fabrication–test cycle 

Workshops are followed by a nine-month design­–fabrication–test cycle in which students conduct research in modelling, design devices and systems that are fabricated by leading-edge industrial foundries and perform test and measurements. Successful devices contribute to a Si-EPIC intellectual property Library made available to our academic and industrial partners, creating a simple pathway for technology transfer and commercialization.

3. Industrial Internship in Canada 

Si-EPIC Undergraduate students take a 6-9 month industrial internship in their final year after completing a workshop while their designs are being fabricated, which generally extends their program by one year (similar to co-op students).

Graduate students and post-docs undergo internships that comprise a total of 20% of their degrees, e.g.,a 6 month-long internship in a 2.5 year Masters program.

4. Professional Development 

The last day of each 5-10 day Si-EPIC workshop is dedicated to Professional Skills Development. Moreover, each student attends at least 1 day per year of additional professional development relevant to the Si-EPIC program and a list of available workshops across Canada is provided to all participants. The objective of this component of the program is to ensure that all participating students and postdoctoral fellows obtain:

· Formal training/coaching in written and oral communication, project planning and management, career planning (including applying for internships), entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property.

· Practical experiences in applying these skills through preparation of research proposals, technical reports, presentation of annual progress reports, outreach presentations.

· Experience working in a team environment, particularly in the context of Si-EPIC chip design.

 

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