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August 09 , 2006


Export Control - ITAR one of the 5 world-class Short Course Sessions

In recent years, U.S. export control regulations, specifically the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) have placed restrictions on international collaborations with U.S. organizations on system-level development for aerospace applications. ITAR regulations directly affect the CANEUS organization's primary goal of rapid and cost-effective infusion of new Micro and Nano Technology (MNT) based systems into aerospace applications through coordinated international collaborations. Therefore, the CANEUS 2006 Conference addresses this extremely important issue of ITAR and export licensing, through its short course, conference sessions and panel discussions.  Dr. Grammas, a world renowned expert on export control/ITAR regulations, from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., will speak on the American export control regimes and the application of such export controls in collaborative ventures. Dr. Grammas will also present strategies for addressing the U.S. export licensing requirements.

A major highlight of the CANEUS 2006 Conference, topical Short Courses will help provide necessary background – learning tools – in key areas such as inter-governmental agreements, intellectual property (IP)-related issues, MNT missions and the product/system development process from concept, which are pertinent to the conference sessions and workshops. Taking place on Sunday, August 27 th , world-class experts will give five presentations in Modules SC1 through SC4. Each short course will be approximately 1.5 hours in length including a break designated at the instructor's discretion.

Five presentations will be given in four distinct modules:

Module SC1: From Concept to Commercialization will be taught by Dr. Amish Desai of Tanner Research.

This course will examine the case study of Tanner Labs Foundry as a practical “how-to” for successfully going from concept to commercialization. We'll highlight examples and lessons learned from Tanner's L-edit layout tool and current Tanner Labs research, and we'll study challenges from current micro thruster research.

Module SC2: MEMS and Nanotechnologies for Space will be taught by Dr. Nico De Rooij of the University of Neuchâtel.

This course will define MEMS and nano-technology and review the programmatic challenges in development by presenting design approaches and manufacturing methods as well as practical examples of devices currently under development. In addition, this course will present a system implementation approach on a real spacecraft, practical design examples and hardware demonstrations.

Module SC3: Reliability of MEMS and NEMS will be taught by Ingrid de Wolf of IMEC.

The objective of this course is to present the existing know-how on reliability issues in MEMS, NEMS and their 0-level package, and to describe future challenges. After a general introduction on reliability, failure analysis and FMEA, this course will address a number of examples of failure mechanisms. Many examples are taken from RF-MEMS switches and resonators, but they are not limited to this, as examples from MOEMS, pressure sensors, accelerometers, specific test structures, etc. will be shown as well. Issues such as stiction (capillary, charging induced, microwelding), deformation (T-effects, creep), fatigue, fracture, delamination, environmental effects (pressure, particles, humidity, gasses…), electromigration, self-actuation, electrical breakdown etc. are introduced using examples and their failure mechanism, failure defect, failure mode and failure cause will be explained. Dedicated instrumentation for reliability testing (optical monitoring, vacuum chambers, etc.) and for failure analysis (opening of a package, FIB, IR, LIVA, profilometry, etc.) will also be described.

Microfabrication Technologies will be taught by Hans Zappe of the University of Freiburg.

Beginning with a brief summary of photolithography, wet and dry etching, thin film deposition and metallization, we will also discuss specialized processes such as epitaxy, replication by hot embossing or injection molding and micro-contact printing. The most important microsystems materials, including silicon, polymers and ceramics, will be presented and their relative merits outlined. We will conclude with a few process examples, particularly from the realm of optical MEMS, and present a few of the foundry options available for prospective users without access to their own fabrication line.

Module SC4: ITAR - Inter – Governmental Agreements, Flight Opportunities, Standards,

Export policy restrictions, Environmental, Safety will be taught by Peter Eggleton, Canada; Jon Pratt, NIST, Dept of Commerce, USA; and Laurent Marchand, ESA – ESTEC.

This course will explain fundamental concepts of international trade controls on nano-technology and provide a framework to determine if U.S. government approval is required. The course will also explain basic administrative requirements for complying with regulations, and ramifications and penalties for non-compliance.

Participants will benefit enormously from enrolling in these tutorials, and should do so before the courses reach capacity. To reserve your place and for more detailed information on the registration process, please see the following link: .

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