ESD On Campus Mapua Institute of Technology (the M.I.T. in the Pacific) By Steven H. Voldman, IBM Microelectronics Threshold, May/June, 2007 M.I.T. -- that is Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines, the MIT of the Pacific… Kumusta! (Tagalog greeting) When you drive in the chaotic traffic of Manila, you can see the Spanish and American influences. The American influence are the “jeepneys” which are elongated U.S. Army open air chrome jeeps that look like a surfers California beach mobile which can seat between 15 and 20 people. The jeepneys serve as public transportation, and they clog the roads, with people jumping in and out of the back door. People are crowded in these tight, low-ceiling chrome buggies covered with bumper stickers colors and writing. But Mapua Institute of Technology, quietly sits within a Spanish fortress, known as the Intramuros, from the 1500 colonial period protected by stone walls, and original iron Spanish cannons. On the stone walls, students sit looking over the city of Manila, socializing, and waiting for their next class. Within the walls of the stone fortress, students stroll with friends, eat sissig, and assemble. The Spanish influence can be seen in the design of MIT with the open air courtyards, Toledo- style stone floor designs, and tiling, iron gratings, and white stucco wall tones. Students lie on the floor in the MIT EE buildings in groups with papers spread across the floor, discussing homework and preparing for examinations, laughing and working, as faculty run around piles of examination papers. One can see the fun, warmth and friendship among the students, staff and the faculty - the informal interaction is a different chemistry – there is a lot of laughter and fun among students and faculty. Mapua Institute of Technology, founded in 1925, is the top college institution for technology and engineering. When you visit companies in Manila, the people you meet in ESD manufacturing management, ESD engineers, and the ESD teams are MIT graduates. These graduates today are working in Intel, On Semiconductor, 3M, Pricon Microelectronics, Hitachi, NXP, to TDK-Fujitsu - -these graduates are working on ESD issues from manufacturing to tunneling magneto-resistor (TMR) heads. There are 6000 electrical engineer/electronics/computer science students in this institution alone. The university exceeds over 10,000 students. The university teaches material science, mechanical, electrical, computer science to biotechnology. The host of the ESD on Campus lecture was the Dean of EE/Computer Science, Dr. Felicito S. Caluyo. The ESD on Campus lecture was given to approximately 40 students, and faculty on ESD issues, which included discussions from semiconductors to the magnetic recording industry. At the beginning of the lecture, a prayer for education was given – a blessing for the gaining of knowledge, and value of education and learning. In the lecture, I stated that I am also an MIT alumnus, that other MIT on the Atlantic Ocean (with the smaller EE department). At the end of the lecture, a small certificate was given to all attendees recognizing their participation. The ESD lecture provoked interest in the graduate students to consider interest in research in the ESD field. For many, it is the first lecture on ESD. For others, a possible career path as they graduate and enter the semiconductor and MR head industry. With less than 10V HBM sensitivity of TMR heads, I think the idea of prayer before the ESD lecture is a good idea.