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Some of the brightest minds in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) from around the globe will gather in South Carolina at the beginning of June for the Hilton Head Workshop 2024: A Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems.

UCF’s presence in this field has dramatically increased in recent years. From organizers to sponsorship to the presenters, the workshop will be full of Knights working in the areas of the next big MEMS innovation.

The multidisciplinary workshop has been held biennially since 1984, bringing together 350-500 participants from academia, industry, and government. Its aim is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and discuss advances in microfabrication technologies for various applications.

As the Hilton Head Workshop marks its 40th anniversary, participants will celebrate the accomplishments in MEMS and microsystems since its inception, while also exploring the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead for the next 40 years.

MEMS technology covers any technological advancement in miniaturization of sensors and electronics and their integration across a variety of fields from space to consumer electronics to biomedical. It has become increasingly important across several industries as devices have gotten smaller, while simultaneously improving power and reducing costs.

The prestigious workshop will have 12 attendees from several Departments including NanoScience Technology Center (NSTC) and Materials Science and Engineering at UCF. NSTC and MSE Professor, Dr. Swaminathan Rajaraman, is the Program Chair for the meeting. His group will feature 7 presentations, including two that are nominated for outstanding paper and poster respectively.

Additionally, the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the NanoScience Technology Center are both key sponsors of the workshop.