PRISM at Discovery Park



The objective of the PRISM center is to significantly accelerate the integration of MEMS technologies into civilian and defense applications through the use of predictive, validated science and petascale computing. The Center seeks to understand, control, and improve the long-term reliability and survivability of MEMS by using multiscale multiphysics simulation, from atoms to micro-devices, to address fundamental failure mechanisms. The central focus is on a single class of contacting radio-frequency (RF) metal-dielectric capacitative MEMS switches, though the advances made in PRISM will impact the development of a wide range of civilian and military MEMS as well.


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PRISM leverages advances in nanoscale science and engineering to create innovative nanotechnologies addressing societal challenges and opportunities in computing, communications, the environment, security, energy independence, and health.

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Matt Potrawski
Managing Director, PRISM Center
Purdue University
Birck Nanotechnology Center
1205 W. State St., Suite 2027
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088