Acronyms and Sponsors

MTL prefers to list sponsors with full names instead of abbreviations. Here is a guide for your reference.

However, these acronyms do not need to be spelled out in full.

  • IBM (MIG member)
  • IEEE
  • TSMC (MIG member)
  • NIH
  • NSF
  • NASA
  • SRC

There are some acronyms that are accepted as commonly understood in this field, and there are many that may be unfamiliar to a general audience. Please spell out your acronyms at least once.

Some Common Technical Acronyms

Acronym Full Name
ADC Analog-to-Digital Converters
AFE Analog-front-end
ALD Atomic layer deposition
CMP Chemical mechanical polishing
CMOS Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor
CNT Carbon Nanotubes
DRIE Deep-reactive ion etching
FET Field-effect transistor
MOSFET Metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor

U.S. Government Agency Acronyms

Acronym Full Name
AFOSR U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research
AFRL U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
ARL U.S. Army Research Laboratory
ARL-CDQI U.S. Army Research Laboratory Center for Distributed Quantum Information
ARPA-E Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (DOE)
DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
YFA DARPA Young Faculty Award DoD, U.S. Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
EFRC U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Frontier Research Center (Center for Excitonics)
DTRA U.S. DoD Defense Threat Reduction Agency
IARPA Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NDSEG National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
NIH National Institutes of Health
NCI National Cancer Institute
NSF National Science Foundation
CIQM NSF Center for Integrated Quantum Materials
CSNE NSF Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
E3S NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science
GRFP NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
MRSEC NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers
NEEDS NSF Nano-Engineered Electronic Device Simulation Node
ONR Office of Naval Research
DRIFT-MURI Design-for-Reliability Initiative for Future Technologies – Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative

MIT-Related Acronyms

Acronym Full Name
BE Department of Biological Engineering
Biology Department of Biology
ChemE Department of Chemical Engineering
CICS Center for Integrated Circuits and Systems
CMSE Center for Materials Science and Engineering
CMSE/IRG CMSE Interdisciplinary Research Groups
DMSE Department of Materials Science & Engineering
EECS Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
IMES Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
JWAFS MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab
KI David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
LL Lincoln Laboratory
MAS Program in Media Arts & Sciences
MechE Department of Mechanical Engineering
MEDRC Medical Electronic Device Realization Center
MIG Microsystems Industrial Group
MIT-CG MIT/MTL Center for Graphene Devices and 2D Systems
MITEI MIT Energy Initiative
MIT-GaN MIT/MTL Gallium Nitride (GaN) Energy Initiative
MISTI MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives
MIT-SUTD MIT-Singapore University of Technology and Design Collaboration Office
MIT Skoltech MIT Skoltech Initiative
MTL Microsystems Technology Laboratories
NSE Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering
Physics Department of Physics
S3TEC Solid State Thermal Energy Conversion Center
Sloan Sloan School of Management
SMA Singapore-MIT Alliance
SMART Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Center
SMART-LEES SMART Low Energy Electronic Systems Center
SUTD-MIT MIT-Singapore University of Technology and Design Collaboration Office
TPP Technology and Policy Program

Other Acronyms

Acronym Full Name
ACE4S ATIC-SRC Center of Excellence for Energy Efficient Electronics Systems
CONACyT Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Mexico)
IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IHP Germany Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics Germany
ISSCC International Solid-State Circuits Conference (IEEE)
LEAST SRC STARnet Center for Low Energy Systems Technology
MASDAR Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
NSRC Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canada)
NTU Nanyang Technological University
NUS National University of Singapore
NYSCF The New York Stem Cell Foundation
SRC Semiconductor Research Corporation
LEAST SRC STARnet Center for Low Energy Systems Technology
MARCO Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation
TSMC Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company