Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in collaboration with Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), have developed the Laboratory for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP @ WPI/QCC). Part of the national American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) and funded through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), the LEAP @ WPI/QCC will support the integrated photonics manufacturing sector in central Massachusetts through an open-access facility and service center model. Meet the team to read more about the interdisciplinary faculty from WPI and QCC. 

September update: Gateway Park LEAP facility is ready for move-in

LEAP @ WPI/QCC is gearing up to move into the newly completed Gateway Park facility.  This facility will encompass nearly 2,000 square feet of laboratory and cleanroom space set up for integrated photonics research and rapid prototyping.  To schedule a tour of the facility or to inquire about using the facility, please email LEAP@wpi.edu


Teaching lab and classroom
Teaching Lab & Classroom


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Test and Characterization Lab
Test & Characterization


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Wafer, Die, Chip Prototyping Lab
Wafer, Die, Chip Prototyping


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Class 10,000 Cleanroom
Class 10,000 Cleanroom


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Core Research Labs
Core Research Labs


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Student Space
Student Workspace


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Mission Statement

  • Prototyping: Establish and promote an open environment for internal and external clients from industry, academia, and government sectors to create and test prototypes that utilize photonic integrated circuit technologies essential for manufacturing advancement in fields such as in medical devices, 5G and 6G wireless, datacom, chemical and biological sensors
  • Education and Training: Establish and promote an open environment for ongoing education and hands-on training to enhance the regional technical workforce with skills needed to support and grow the emerging photonic integrated circuit ecosystem and related fields
  • Research Collaboration: Provide subject matter expertise and research collaboration opportunities in photonic areas related to nanoscale and microscale prototyping development, optical and electrical device characterization, fiber-chip interfacing, terahertz sensing, fiber optics, and noninvasive optical metrology for reliability testing.

Daily Herd Q&A

Douglas Petkie, head of WPI's Department of Physics, describes the promise of integrated photonics and how the partnership between WPI and QCC will strengthen the industry in Central Massachusetts.