Clean Room Fundamentals

This short course provides a hands-on glimpse into the technologies of semiconductor devices and manufacturing. Lectures will cover the fundamentals of manufacturing, including the technologies behind the equipment. In the lab, students will fabricate a patterned wafer using photolithography and etch technologies.

Intended Audience:

Highly motivated students currently pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. 


  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Enrollment in a degree program 

Course Schedule:

Students must commit to attending three 4-hour sessions held over three days.

  • Lecture: August 13 & 15 - 9am to 1pm
  • Lab: August 16 – 9am to 1pm or 2pm to 6pm 


UB North Campus:

  • Lecture Room: Davis Hall 230A
  • Lab: Davis Hall Cleanroom


This course is offered at no cost to a limited number of students during the Summer 2024 session. 

Instructor Bio: Jeffrey Salzmann, Assistant Professor of Research

Jeff brings over 30 years of semiconductor and facility experience to the university, in roles such as process engineering, technology development, device development, and fundamental research. He holds an AS in Engineering Science from SUNY Erie, a BS in Microelectronic Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has worked for such companies as IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, Corning, Greatbatch, Integer, and the National Security Agency. His hobbies include drumming, photography, and cooking. 

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