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1/1/2012 02:19 AM EST

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Robotics Developer   1/2/2012 9:09:48 PM
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I have been watching the MEMs explosion for some time now and frankly wishing that the US would JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON big time. With the proliferation into mobile devices, game devices, exercise devices, (the list goes on and on..) it would seem to me that the major educational institutions would be lining up for grant money and developing courses in both use and design of MEMs. I would love to be able to take/teach a course at the college level it this explosive field. I will have to be patient and keep on looking for the right time/place for this to happen.

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krisi   1/2/2012 9:30:11 PM
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Karen, interesting article...I am editing a book on MEMs, would you be interested in contributing a chapter? kris.iniewski@gmail.com

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goafrit   1/3/2012 2:28:14 PM
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I agree with you - MEMS has a lot of possibilities. And this is just the beginning. Apple has done well because of the components that MEMS brought to life. I think the future looks great for MEMS.

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phoenixdave   1/3/2012 3:01:47 PM
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I think the most exciting aspect of MEMS is its lack of product boundaries. It has potential applications in almost any field. The utilization of MEMS technologies in biomedical applications can revolutionize the delivery of medicines and treatment of diseases. For instance, the ability to provide chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments to specific cells of a tumor, eliminating the current whole body treatment.

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sharps_eng   1/3/2012 6:50:06 PM
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MEMS does not have to kill off another sector to succeed, it can create its own niche. MEMS devices provide a way to 'dongle' all sorts of investment in software applications (ie protected income from software with a little hardware on the side) , and special sensors can provide new markets from nowhere. Very interesting.

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pixies   1/3/2012 9:41:15 PM
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How exactly can MEMS improve one's health? Tiny robots cleaning up your artery? Are there any FDA approved MEMS solutions on the market? And if not, how soon it will happen?

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Neo10   1/4/2012 2:10:54 AM
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Mems has been touted as the next gen technology since about 2 decades now but it has all but come to the foreground. I guess they have still not cracked the magic to make it really small and useful at the same time.

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karenlightman   1/4/2012 2:08:38 PM
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hi Kris and thanks for your note - I would be honored to contribute. Please contact me at klightman@memsindustrygroup.oeg Best, Karen

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karenlightman   1/4/2012 2:25:22 PM
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Hello - thanks for the comment on MEMS (that's a capital "S" at the end, BTW) and its explosion. I completely agree with your comment on the critical need to connect the industry, academia and US government on this issue! there are some schools that are leaders in MEMS - including UC Berkeley, WIMS at UMichigan, MIT and my alma mater, CMU...but there are also some great programs at community colleges, including University of New Mexico's microtech program - good luck!

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karenlightman   1/4/2012 2:30:55 PM
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Hello and thanks for the comment - I totally agree that we are just at the cusp of what MEMS can enable - it's an exciting future. I hope you'll check out the MEMS TechZone at CES next week - where we'll be showcasing just a handful of some of those amazing applications!

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