The Center on Interfacial Engineering in Microelectromechanical Systems (CIEMS) is advancing the surface-science and engineering of microstructural materials, coatings, and processes to enhance the capabilities and performance of micro and nanoelectromechanical systems, through funding interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, Iowa State University, and the University of Washington. Faculty researchers in CIEMS at Stanford are Prof. Roger T. Howe, Principal Investigator, (Electrical Engineering), Prof. Thomas W. Kenny (Mechanical Engineering), Prof. Freidrich B. Prinz (Mechanical Engineering), and Prof. Olav Solgaard (Electrical Engienering). Prof. Roya Maboudian (Chemical Engineering) at Berkeley, Prof. Krishna Rajan (Materials Science and Engineering) at Iowa State, and Profs. Karl Bohringer and Babak Parviz (Electrical Engineering) at the University of Washington are affiliated with CIEMS.
CIEMS is a N/MEMS Fundamental Science & Technology Center, funded by the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office, Dr. Dennis L. Polla, Program Manager, and several leading companies in nano/microsystems technologies, including Agilent, Analog Devices, Boeing, Bosch, Cambridge Nanotech, Honeywell, Intel, OCI, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.
The Center for Integrated Systems is a partnership between Stanford University and member industrial firms for pursuing applied research in the broad area of integrated systems. "Integrated systems" refers to complex interactions across hardware and software at several levels of abstraction. CIS research ranges from semiconductor and MEMS devices and technologies, to integrated circuit design, to embedded computer architectures. As this effective research consortium enters its third decade, CIS is broadening its research scope to include "beyond the roadmap" nanoscale information processing devices, organic photovoltaics and circuit architectures, and new approaches to low-power analog-to-digital conversion.