The MEMS Research Laboratory (MRL) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) was established in June 2004 by Dr.Arturo A Ayon.
Areas of research include the utilization of MEMS actuators onphase array antennas, Nanotechnology, CMOS-compatible microwave varactors, Negative index of refraction materials for imaging and other photonic applications, sensor arrays, Micro-chemical reactors, Micropropulsion employing solid fuels.
This laboratory was made possible thanks to Sony Electronic Inc, donation of nearly $2 million worth of equipment as a way of "giving back to the community". With this generous donation UTSA will train students for careers in micro and Nanotechnology areas which will be a gaint leap in turning UTSA into a first-class research facility.
Provides access to microelectronics processing facilities.