Educational trip to INSA Toulouse, and CEA-LETI-STMicroelectronics, Grenoble, 2019

Together with the IEEE Student Branch of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki  a visit to INSA Toulouse, and CEA-LETI-STMicroelectronics, Grenoble, France, with a group of 19 students has been organized in May 2019 (May 20-25). All of the above are leading research institutions and Universities in basic and applied research and education in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the visit has offered a great experience to our students. The students followed a number of lectures on research topics related to the visited labs. This educational trip gave the students the opportunity to learn more about different fields of technology such as space science, energy, hardware, telematics, web development, automation software, bioengineering, telecommunications and many more. They had an unmatched opportunity to sneak a peek in alternate possibilities of their future plans to excel abroad, acquire technical knowledge and seek advice on how to personally develop and foster their careers while collaborating with foreign institutions.
Furthermore, during the event, we visited at least twenty laboratories, and this is because we decided to offer a more interactive approach, following each project in each own workspace. Besides this, our entry in four cleanrooms (utilized for research or mass production) was a unique part of the trip, since we had the chance to experience “in person” how an integrated circuit is fabricated from scratch, following also all the safety precautions to keep the place microparticles-free. The opportunity to visit the facilities of ST Microelectronics and CEA-LETI in Grenoble was very impressive, that few students have had the privilege to do, because the entry is allowed only in small groups and after a specific and complicated procedure. Lastly, while we were in ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) and due to the fact that our group consisted of only twenty members, we were pleased to be offered an exceptionally detailed tour in the “sanctuaries” of the Synchrotron, where the professor in charge of the presentation guided us in most of the laboratories where numerous experiments are conducted when the accelerator is activated.