Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems

The cMDIS, newly transitioned from the Center for Integrated Electronics, serves as the platform for researchers in diverse disciplines within the physical sciences and engineering to tackle some of the most pressing grand challenges that face our society in the 21st century.

The cMDIS promotes strategic research efforts in advanced materials and devices, as well as the integration of these technologies into complex integrated systems. The ultimate goal is to foster a safe, secure, and sustainable world by making significant contributions to the science and technology of:

  • Materials discovery and characterization, especially of nano-structured composite materials;
  • The nano-bio interface and integrated (bio)material devices;
  • Sustainable energy and energy systems, including energy harvesting, storage,  transmission, and distribution;
  • Sustainable manufacturing to provide faster, cheaper, safer, and more usable products with small scale, on-demand and customized production, utilizing advanced manufacturing processes and robotics;
  • Responsive and adaptive “intelligent” built environments.

The Center leads strategic research efforts in the fields of advanced materials, devices, and integrated systems, encompassing leading-edge technologies such as lightweight composite materials, sensors and sensor networks, power electronics, wide bandgap semiconductors, as well as the integration of these technologies into complex systems, using a state-of-the-art clean room and other core research facilities.

Harnessing the power of Rensselaer’s internationally renowned faculty, students, and staff from many disciplines, the cMDIS builds upon an impressive infrastructure, which includes nano-materials synthesis and characterization, 3D stacked micro-device fabrication, and high performance computing.

The cMDIS serves as a comprehensive platform to other Institute centers, including the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS), the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES), the Center for Computational Innovations (CCI), and others, as well as drawing on expertise within Rensselaer’s rapidly growing Data Science programs.

The Center will forge partnerships with federal agencies, including NSF, DOD, DOE, NIH, with New York State agencies like NYSTAR and NYSERDA, and others, as well as with industry in the pursuit of new applications, research avenues, and technology opportunities in the midst of a rapidly evolving marketplace that is redefining the relationship between industry, academia, and federal funding of research.