This award supports an International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) project in China. Participating undergraduate students will engage in research on nano-scale crystal quantum-dot (NC-QD) integrated circuits (ICs) and particularly on electrostatic-discharge failure mechanisms and protection methods for sub-90nm nodes. This is an important and critical research area for the semiconductor industry. The research group in University of California at Riverside will collaborate with Tsinghua University, University of Electronic S&T, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Huazhong University of S&T, all in China. A total of five US undergraduate students will be involved in this international collaborative research project in each of three years. The annual three-month IRES program consists of two phases: six weeks at Tsinghua University in Beijing and six weeks at a second university in a different Chinese city.

The IRES activities include research projects on IC reliability through design and fabrication, joint education sessions, global industrial training and exposure to diversified cultures and social settings in China. IRES seminars are planned in each phase at the host Chinese institutions and back at home for the participating undergraduate students to present their IRES experiences. The language training and cultural experience gained by the students at universities in China will enable them to interact effectively in their future careers in a global setting.

Project Report

This is a three-year US-China International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program with integrated research and education activities to expose American undergraduate students to global research-education experiences in trans-Pacific environments. The IRES partnership involves participating universities in China. From 2012 to 2014, each year, a team of American undergraduate students traveled to China for conduct two to three months of IRES activities in China, workign along with their Chinese counterpart students to gain both researc hexperiences and cultural exposures. The IRES activities include research projects on IC reliability design and fabrication, joint education session, global industrial training and exposure to diversified cultures and social settings in China. IRES Seminars were conducted at the home university after each annual IRES program to share the IRES experiences with peers students at home. Intellectual Merits: The research experiences include projects related to investigating design-for-reliability for integrated circuitgs, visible light communications and electroni circuit designs, which provided the American undergraduate students opportunities to conduct hands-on advanced research along with their Chinese counterpart students. Broader Impacts: The three-year IRES program was completed very successfully. The US-China IRES partnership developed enabled American undergraduate students to gain direct global academic exchange experiences in the emerging and dominating trans-Pacific environments, to experience diversified international cultures and social settings, and to build up personal global networks with their Chinese counterparts. It contributes to establish a long-term US-China IRES hub, catalyze new education model changes at University of California and ensure American students to prevail in future global competition. The IRES program benefited both American and Chinese participants.

Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2011-10-01
Budget End
2014-09-30
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$150,000
Indirect Cost
Name
University of California Riverside
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Riverside
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
92521