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Sensing is inherently a multidisciplinary field, and those who seek to advance and exploit knowledge in this area have a wide range of backgrounds, including physics, chemistry, mechanical and electrical engineering, biomedical engineering and medicine. Although often well-trained in their own domain of expertise they are not always ready to transfer their skills to industry.
This CREATE program includes an interdisciplinary research program in integrated sensors, internships in partner companies, international exchanges with leading laboratories worldwide, a series of hands-on workshops in laboratory skills, an annual Sensors Summer School and a set of short-courses that will provide the trainees with professional skills that are valued and requested by industry, including communication skills, intellectual property protection and management, project management and ethics.
Most students have little exposure to other related research domains and do not appreciate that sensors are complex systems, requiring biorecognition or chemical recognition elements, sample delivery components (e.g. microfluidics), transducing elements, signal amplification, signal processing and packaging, and that a multidisciplinary approach is essential. Sensor systems must address specific markets and are subject to regulatory control. Students often also lack knowledge in the key techniques of micro or nano-fabrication, characterization, material analysis and packaging which will allow them to rapidly fabricate and test sensor systems.
The NSERC CREATE Training Program in Integrated Sensor Systems has been specially designed to meet this need, and to provide exposure to a wide range of key techniques and applications. This program has been constructed after in-depth discussions with future employers, in order to ensure that it meets their needs for highly qualified personnel.
In addition, the CREATE program can provide qualified students with financial awards to for students undertaking the program. These can cover travel and living expenses necessary to take full advantage of this multi-disciplinary, multi-university program.