A virtuous cycle begins with the needs of industry
The Lab for Education and Application Prototype (LEAP), located at WPI, is a collaborative effort effort between QCC and WPI to provide opportunities for researchers and students from the colleges to develop, test, and prototype photonics integrated circuits and systems that meet real-world needs in areas that include health and biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and robotics and cyberphysical systems. In addition, the facility will be available to local companies for product development, rapid prototyping, and testing.
The development cycle for photonics integrated circuits will come to life with state-of-the-art equipment for design, characterization testing, and reliability testing located in the Central Massachusetts LEAP facility, and AIM Photonics Institute fabrication and assembly hubs in New York.
Industry needs drive the work of LEAP, which is designed to support the growth of the integrated photonics manufacturing industry in Central Massachusetts by becoming a regional focal point for building partnerships with business, colleges and universities, and government entities to support research, development, education, and workforce development.