The FlexEBio IGERT
Over the last few decades, society has experienced remarkable transformations in the way it lives and works based on developments in silicon-based electronics. In the near future, we envision a new and equally transforming technology will develop around flexible electronics — as we learn to produce them inexpensively and in extremely large quantities. Adding flexible form and function to electronics will transform to an unprecedented degree our view of electronics and how we, as a society, interact with intelligent and responsive systems. Electronics will no longer be seen as separate devices, but rather as an expected attribute of nearly everything produced. In order for the United States to remain competitive in this new environment, entirely new concepts are needed to satisfy the form, function and cost requirements of such innovative flexible electronic systems.
The FlexEBio IGERT is a partnership among Cornell University, Binghamton University and the
New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center. Developed by the National Science
Foundation, the IGERT program aims to meet the challenges of providing U.S. PhD scientists and engineers who will pursue careers in research and education with the interdisciplinary background; extensive knowledge; and technical, professional and personal skills to become leaders and creative agents for change in their respective fields. The program’s overall objective is to transform doctoral education, training and research in science and engineering at the three partnering institutions to capitalize on the nascent biodevice revolution enabled by flexible electronics. Advances with unprecedented impact, such as mechanically compliant neural implants and wirelessly reconfigurable sensing and drug-delivery, are now within reach. Each FlexEBio fellowship provides an annual stipend of $30,000 for two years. Applicants must be accepted into a graduate program at Binghamton, Cornell or the Wadsworth Center/SUNY Albany; only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Opportunities also exist to intern with industrial or academic partners.