Spartan Semiconductor Services, Inc. An entrepreneurial environment

Emily L. Allen, Anthony J. Muscat

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Spartan Semiconductor Services, Inc. (SSSi) is a fictitious start-up company developed as a pedagogical environment in an interdisciplinary semiconductor processing course. This entrepreneurial engineering environment is maintained within both the classroom and the laboratory settings, resulting in a teaching and learning format which actively engages students in the learning process, going beyond the `cookbook' approach to spark student self-motivated learning. At SSSi the employees (students) work in teams to deliver a product, with managers (professors) available as manufacturing resources. The setting allows a built-in mixture of teaching and learning styles to be used, requiring significant utilization of the higher-level thinking skills of synthesis, analysis and evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-105
Number of pages6
JournalBiennial University/Government/Industry Microelectronics Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 13th Biennial University / Goverment / Industry Microelectronics Symposium (UGIM) - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Duration: Jun 20 1999Jun 23 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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