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UMass Electronics Lab to Train Students in Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing

Consumer electronics that we use daily – smartphones, computers, televisions, home appliances and medical devices, as well as electronics in cars – all require printed circuit boards, or PCBs, to function. 

These non-conductive boards are printed or etched with copper lines for mounting and connecting electronic components together to form a working circuit or assembly. As world demand continues to grow, the global market for PCBs reached $86.18 billion in 2023, and is expected to hit nearly $141 billion by 2032, according to Precedence Research.

To help train students and industry workers in the design and fabrication of PCBs, UMass Lowell is establishing the Massachusetts Electronics Manufacturing Evolution (MEME) Laboratory on North Campus. The project is supported with a $500,000 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant for purchasing equipment for the facility. The grant program is offered by the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet and funded by the state through its capital budget. 

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