Over and Out: 17th Dresden Microelectronics Academy Presented Dresden as Europe’s Semiconductor Hub

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Cutting-edge topics in historic surroundings: The Dresden Microelectronics Academy

That was over way too fast: Last Friday, the 2018 cfaed Summer School Dresden Microelectronics Academy concluded with three talks and a wrap up by the chairs, Prof. Bartha and Prof. Mannsfeld. For five days, together with Globalfoundries, X-Fab, and Infineon cfaed once again presented Dresden’s synergetic semiconductor research and industry communities. We welcomed over 20 students and scientists from 14 nations in Dresden to the 17th edition of the prestigious academy. The DMA attracts participants who are fascinated by the latest ‪‎innovations‬ in the ‪‎semiconductor‬ industry and want to gain practical first-hand and expert knowledge. Top lecturers familiarized them with the fascinating world of semiconductors. Guided tours with industry professionals offered a deep insight into some of the most compelling work environments for leading engineers.

The annual DMA is organized in collaborative team headed by TU Dresden’s Chairs for Semiconductor Technology and Organic Devices and the companies Globalfoundries, X-Fab, and Infineon. Since 2015, the Cluster of Excellence cfaed contributes to the event with specialist presentations. The City of Dresden, the Dresden Marketing GmbH support and important players of the local microelectronics industry sponsor the DMA. So we were able to offer free weekly DVB tickets, a guided city tour, and many more.

Dresden’s Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung and TU Dresden’s Vice-Rector for Academic and International Affairs welcomed the international participants at the opening session. One highlight of the first day was the keynote by Dr. Gabriele Ernst - Director Engineering, IC technology, tools and methods of Robert Bosch GmbH. On Wednesday evening, a high-profile panel discussion about ‘Microelectronics Tomorrow and Individual Careers’ included Dirk Droste (Director, Bosch Sensortec GmbH), Tim Gutheit (Senior Director Technology & Innovation, Automotive-Division, Infineon), Roberto Gärtner (Director Process Characterization, X-FAB Group), Stefan Mannsfeld (Chair for Organic Devices, TU Dresden/cfaed), Axel Preusse (GF Fellow Process Engineering, Globalfoundries). It was hosted by Stephanie Rohac (kommunikation bewegt). A dedicated career session on Thursday afternoon outlined various career paths in the field of microelectronics, including the academic, start-up, and industry one.

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