For Gordon Harling, President and CEO of CMC, it was important to continue exchanges with universities and colleges despite the global pandemic. “Canadian universities and colleges are key stakeholders and clients of CMC. Through these virtual roundtables, we were able to hear about research developments across the country and find ways that CMC can accelerate innovation.”
In addition, it was an opportunity to showcase new CMC offerings to the academic community. “We have grown significantly in recent years” continued Mr. Harling, “Our service offerings are more diverse than ever in Microelectronics, Embedded Systems, Photonics, Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), as well as emerging areas like silicon photonics and quantum computing. Researchers gained a deeper understanding of how CMC can take their work to the next level, while administrators learned more about how our offerings maximize their research dollars while providing the best tools to their community.”
These roundtable discussions were also made available to a broad range of university researchers. CMC tools and services have many applications, and Mr. Harling was pleased to speak with representatives from faculties from diverse fields of study including the health sciences and physics to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.
Mr. Harling also reiterated that CMC operations were not impacted by the global pandemic. Thanks to continued investments in cloud computing and initiatives such as the Cadence® Cloud Passport Program, CNDN researchers were able to continue their work uninterrupted, even while many campus labs were closed. “Our cloud-based programs allow us to offer the best tools to researchers wherever they may be. Throughout the pandemic we have ensured that vital research work can continue seamlessly, ensuring the health and safety of our partners. This will be a significant advantage for our community moving forward” concluded Mr. Harling.
About CMC Microsystems:
CMC Microsystems works with researchers and industry across Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN). We provide access to world-class platforms for Computer Aided Design (CAD), prototyping and manufacturing services (FAB), training and support (LAB) for researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry. Our services are geared for microsystems, nanotechnologies, photonics, and support innovative sectors of the next-generation economy. CMC reduces barriers by offering simplified access to the right tools to create tomorrow’s technologies. Our network is made up of over 10,000 entrepreneurs and researchers at 60 post-secondary institutions across CNDN.