Tec and Tech: fostering engagement on the international nano scale

Jesus del Alamo, Vladimir Bulovic, José Antonio Fernández Carbajal, and Marco Munoz

On October 4, MIT.nano and MTL were honored by a visit from Mr. José Antonio Fernández Carbajal, Chairman of the Board of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), casually known as Monterrey Tec. Mr. Fernandez Carbajal was at MIT for his first meeting as the newest member of the MIT Corporation, and he reserved time to tour MIT.nano and get an update on its progress.

Monterrey Tec is a private, non-profit, independent institution in Mexico known for its emphasis on social responsibility and entrepreneurship. It was founded in 1943 by Don Eugenio Garza Sada, who graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1914, just as the new Cambridge campus opened.

In 2015, MIT and Monterrey Tec established a program, MIT-Tec, designed to support the Tec in its quest to become a world-class research university. Initiated by Vladimir Bulović, Associate Dean for Innovation and Director of MIT.nano, and led by Jesús del Alamo, Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, this program hosts research visits of Monterrey Tec's students, postdocs, and faculty at MIT in the general area of nanotechnology and nanoscience. To date, eight different research groups at MIT have already hosted extended stays of five Monterrey Tec students, seven postdocs, and four professors, and eight more are scheduled to arrive in the next few months. The areas of research encompass microfluidics, nanostructures for biomedical applications, telecommunications, nanoscale 3D printing, MEMS, and organ on a chip. The hands-on research underpins a growing robust program of MIT-Tec educational exchanges. In May 2016, the "MIT Day at the Tec: Workshop on Sensors and Actuators" hosted 11 MIT and 12 Tec technical presentations at the Monterey Tec campus. Over the last three years at MIT, more than 70 Tec students, postdocs, and professors have attended the MTL nanoLab, a one-week hands-on course on nanotechnology.

Monterrey Tec is an esteemed partner of MIT.nano and visiting Monterrey Tec students, postdocs and faculty will be conducting research in the new state-of-the-art facility when it opens in mid-2018. They will all be especially enthusiastic to use the prototyping facility which will be named in recognition and appreciation of Monterrey Tec and its valued partnership with MIT.