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George Thorn, program officer at Bank of America’s philanthropic management, cuts the ceremonial ribbon during the dedication of WPI’s new MEMS Fabrication Facility.

WPI celebrated the dedication of a laboratory designed for research and education in micro/nanoscale fabrication, expanding the university’s research strengths in MEMS (micro-electrical-mechanical systems). The new Lufkin MEMS Fabrication Facility, also known as a clean room, will give undergraduate and graduate students hands-on experience for projects and research studies.

The growing bioengineering and biotechnology sectors require professionals trained in this technology, since MEMS are increasingly important to both areas, as well as to the commu-nications and manufacturing industries. MEMS are found in airbag deployment systems, aircraft controls, and biochemical sensors.

Located on the lower level of Higgins Laboratories, the facility is named in honor of a generous investment from the Richard H. Lufkin Memorial Fund, Bank of America Trustee. Intel Massachusetts provided much of the vital laboratory equipment for this new resource.
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