Our students acquire fundamental knowledge through lectures, tutorial
periods, laboratory experiments, special assignments, seminars, technical
presentations, computer based teaching and learning resources, Internet access
to the global information base and discussions with faculty and staff members.
Students also have exceptional opportunities to acquire state-of-the-art
knowledge and experience as they undertake on-the-job work assignments as part
of our highly integrated cooperative education program.
Mentoring with specialists and learning in an environment that nurtures a
student's abilities by personal attention and teamwork enhances this knowledge
We provide an understanding of the engineer's duties and responsibilities to
society. Within a professional engineering environment the student matures in
order to enhance design, synthesis and professionalism. Opportunities for
professional development and maturity are an integral property of our unique
learning environment and experience.
Leadership developed through organizational ability, communication
interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills, and the creation of a culture of
ownership. Decision making within a strategic planning concept places the
student within an advantaged position.
Digital signal processing (DSP) has been a major research focus for faculty
members and graduate students in the department since 1970.
In 1984 a decision was made to extend the research to include the actual
microelectronics implementation of DSP algorithms using integrated circuit
technology. By 1988 a number of special purpose DSP processors using a systolic
array architecture to enable data-driven arrays had been designed and
fabricated. The research was carried out by faculty and graduate students
working in the VLSI Research Group since 1984. The work of this group has
evolved to include the design of three-dimensional microstructures using the
latest microelectromechanical (MEMS) fabrication technologies.
The name of the VLSI Research Group was changed to the Research Centre for
Integrated Microsystems (RCIM) effective January 1, 2001 to more accurately
reflect the diverse nature of the research projects being carried out.
In the Fall of 2001, the RCIM group upgraded the design workstations. The
workstations purchased from Sun Microsystems are the leading edge systems,
providing greater speed and reliability, allowing for designs and simulations to
be done faster.
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