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Sweden’s Young Research National Team Visits RISE

STEM Sweden

A team at the Smart Hardware Department at RISE, and in connection with the IEEE Photonics Sweden Chapter, were very happy and honored to host the Sweden’s Young Research National Team (Sveriges Unga Forskningslandslag) this past June. This young student delegation consists of Sweden’s brightest and most successful young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Their team represents Sweden at the world’s largest science competitions for young people, from Sweden and Europe to the USA and Brazil.

Prof. Qin Wang and Dr. Ingemar Petermann from the Nano Technology Unit and Fiber Optics Unit hosted the student delegation at RISE’s Kista premises and provided an introduction of RISE as well as lab tours, including the ISO9000 certified cleanroom facilities at Electrum.

Wang showed MEMS based wafer scale bio sensors that are designed and produced in house for neural recordings. She also briefed the functions/links of the advanced semiconductor chips to cell phones, laptops and cars that are used in our daily life and emphasized their application for quantum computing and communication. Ingemar showed some examples of the fiber optics for industrial sensing applications.

It was very encouraging that the students expressed interest and curiosity in the R&D work at RISE. After the visit, some of the students contacted the team inquiring about summer work and internships at RISE in the future. The Chapter is very glad that such a promising generation of young scientists are interested in semiconductor and photonics works and aiding the nation in its scientific pursuits towards sustainability.

Sveriges Unga Forskningslandslag‘s purpose is to promote young people’s interest in science, technology and mathematics and their role in society. The organization is politically and religiously independent and aims to carry out advocacy work at the local and national level. Their goals are summarized as: showcasing role models in STEM; offering free STEM within schools and through afterschool programs; highlighting the need for high school STEM development and preparation for higher education; and ensuring that all young people who are interested in science, technology and mathematics are able to pursue their interests.