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Cal Poly launches online printed electronics program

June 19, 2014

The graduate-level courses are fully accredited and involve instruction, interaction with classmates, assignments and exams.

Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA, will launch an online Printed Electronics and Functional Imaging Professional Certificate Program beginning Sept. 22, 2014.

Designed for working professionals, the program is comprised of five courses to be offered in a sequence that allows the entire certificate program to be completed in 12 months. Courses can also be taken on an individual basis to cater to student interest.

More than a webinar, the instructor-led, graduate-level courses are fully accredited and involve interactions with classmates, instruction, assignments and exams — similar to a traditional class but in a virtual environment. “These are university-level graduate courses using a modern delivery system,” says graphic communication Professor Malcolm Keif, graduate coordinator for the program.

The program includes a four-week foundations course (prerequisite to other courses) and four, eight-week topics courses. Two courses will be offered in the fall, with one course to follow in the winter, spring and summer quarters. The courses include:

GrC 501 — Survey of Functional Printing: Foundations for emerging functional printing fields, including printed electronics, active packaging, and security printing. Emphasis on processes, materials, electrical characterization, sensing, barrier properties, and anti-counterfeiting. Focus on applications including lighting, displays, novel electronics, energy harvesting, energy storage, sensors, scavengers, and brand security.

GrC 510 — Materials for Functional Printing: Study of functional materials including substrates, coatings and inks. Focus on barrier and heat-stable substrates and conductive, semi-conductive, dielectric, transparent conductors, forensic, sensor, and other functional inks and coatings. Emphasis on rheology, morphology, sintering and annealing.

GrC 512 — Printing and Coating Technologies: Study of functional printing and coating technologies, including screen printing, flexography, gravure, ink jet, offset, slot die, blade coating, and conventional deposition techniques.

GrC 514 — Optical and Electrical Patterning: Imaging technologies and processes for security, electronic and active packaging printing. Focus on creating and evaluating images for applications in product security and electrical fabrication.

GrC 520 — Functional Printing Product and Business Development: Principles of business and product development for electronic and functional applications. Focus on intellectual property rights, capital funding, entrepreneurship and management of a technology business.

“Cal Poly is at the forefront of education in the emerging printed electronics field,” Keif adds. “Printed electronics, active and intelligent packaging, and security printing are growing markets that are rapidly evolving. We are offering these courses so that industry can increase in our collective knowledge base and move the discipline forward.”
The program is open to all individuals with a bachelor’s degree. For additional information, including how to enroll, go to:

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