IMAPS Microelectronic Foundation Mission Statement:
The Foundations role is to support student activities related to the study of Microelectronic Packaging, Interconnect and Assembly.


Make a Donation to Support the Foundation


The Microelectronics Education Foundation supports student activities that promote an understanding of how components are made, understanding assembly technologies and materials.

To promote these activities, the Foundation sponsors technical paper and poster contest awards at the chapter and national level, and assists with student travel to conferences and workshops.

Students, student organizations, and recognized student chapters are invited to apply for funding in various categories.

Steve Adamson Student Recognition Award
Students are encouraged to apply annually for the Steve Adamson Student Recognition Award, which honors an active student member's participation in IMAPS events, chapters, and programs. Significant technical reserach and/or service contributions to IMAPS and the microelectronics industry will be considered during the judges' review. The award winner receives:

A check for $3,000
Travel funding to receive the award at the annual IMAPS Symposium
Membership dues waived until graduation

Nominees must be current IMAPS student members, attend an undergraduate or graduate program in engineering or natural sciences. Nominators must also be IMAPS members. Contact Shelby Moirano for an application, which is traditionally due the first of August.

The Microelectronics Foundation sponsors student paper competitions and awards in conjunction with multiple events, including the International Symposium on Microelectronics, the International Conference on Device Packaging, and more. To qualify, students submitting their work and identifying "Yes, I'm a full-time student" on the abstract submission form will automatically be considered for the awards offered through that event. More details can be found on the homepage of each event at Award amounts vary by competition.

Additionally, local chapters commonly sponsor student paper and poster competitions at chapter events. Get connected with your local chapter to stay up-to-date on announcements about scheduled competitions.

Student Chapter Funding
New and active student chapters are allocated funding on a need-based request system for chapter meetings. Please contact IMAPS Membership Adminstrator Shelby Moirano at to request funding on behalf of your chapter. The following information should be provided:

Chapter Name
Chapter Advisor
Event to be Funded
Event Date
Dollar Amount Requested
Expected Number of Attendees

High School-Exhibitor Interchange at IMAPS Symposium
A high school group local to the annual IMAPS Symposium is selected each year for participation in the IMAPS High School-Exhibitor Interchange. This program introduces STEM-minded high school students to the microelectronics industry representatives on our show floor and traditionally involves a showcase of the students' body of work as well, such as a robotics or technical demonstration on the show floor. The selected group is awarded a $2,000 check on behalf of the Microelectronics Foundation upon the conclusion of the program.

The 2018 Symposium will be held in Pasadena, California. Interested high school student groups or recommendations for local programs by members may contact Brianne Lamm at for consideration. The selected group is traditionally contacted between May and August of each year.

Travel Grants for Presenting Students at IMAPS Symposium
A student whose paper is accepted for presenation as part of the regular Technical Session of the annual IMAPS Symposium may be considered for reimbursement of expenses incurred in conjunction with travel and hotel accommodations. Requests for funding must be made at least thirty days in advance of the symposium and are subject to strict guidelines. Please contact Shelby Moirano at for more information.

If you share the goals of this organization, then we invite you to donate to the Microelectronics Foundation to help us create better understanding of technologies of microelectronics packaging through student initiatives. Donations are accepted from and on behalf of individuals or organizations either directly or through sponsorship of Foundation events.

Direct Funding to the Foundation

Microelectronics Foundation General Fund
David Virissimo Memorial Scholarship
Steve Adamson Memorial Scholarship

Sponsorship Opportunities

Spring Golf Classic
Fall Golf Classic

If you would like to get involved with the Foundation, we'd like to hear from you! IMAPS welcomes the involvement of individuals and companies in many capacities at both the chapter and national level.

Get Involved as an Individual:
The Foundation recruits individuals for leadership positions that serve various Foundation initiatives, including minimum commitment roles such as one-time event assistants (raffle sales, silent auction item recruitment), medium-commitment roles like chapter level event organizers, and longer-term roles that include chairing national Foundation functions like the Spring and Fall golf classics or positions on the Foundation committee itself.
IMAPS also actively seeks "champions" within IMAPS member and exhibiting organization who recruit donations from within internal networks.

Get Your Organization Involved:
Organizational support of the Microelectronics Foundation has included sponsorship of educational grants through corporate foundations or programs, sponsorship of paper and poster contests, and partnership in internship placement programs with university students.

The Microelectronics Foundation and IMAPS, the membership society, are both organized as 501 c (3) entities. This means that any gifts to the Foundation are considered charitable donations.

The Board of Directors is comprised of past officers and senior members of the IMAPS society, the current IMAPS Treasurer and academic members. The board's job is to oversee the operations of the Foundation, advise on investment strategies for the Foundation's endowment and approve grants for student activities.

The Foundation Organization operates under the below Strategic Focus.

  • Identify and serve all who we intend to attract and represent through the Foundation. We provide leadership in defining, tracking and communicating the uniqueness and potential of microelectronics and microelectronic packaging companies and free agents/consultants. In order to serve the needs of this sector and build Foundation Initiatives that match both the needs of the donor and the requirements of IMAPS and its Foundation, we will identify, seek out, and keep an accounting of our dialogue and transactions with everyone in this sector.

  • Develop brand equity. The new name for the Foundation and stronger brand reflects current and future expertise and expanded focus into all areas of the rapidly growing electronics industries. Through each of the primary functions of the Foundation-Fund Raising, Endowment Management, Program Creation and Management, Marketing and Industry Communications, the Foundation works on relevancy within both existing and new markets.

  • Build up relationships and endowments. The Foundation intends to build endowed funds to $2 million before funding any new scholarships, projects, or initiatives. Special projects, such as the Summit on Innovation and other events that make connections and award innovation, are self funded and designed to strengthen friendships and connections across all industries that depend on microelectronics in manufacturing, customer service or marketing.

  • Innovate around new business and markets. Through innovative projects and major research efforts funded by collaborations of corporate contributions and government grants, the Foundation establishes footprints in new markets and expand in nontraditional markets. This means we make the pie bigger for the whole industry and provide specific, customized advantages of information and access to other leaders, through Foundation projects. There is room at the Foundation table for everyone that commits to the Mission and Vision with competitive advantages going to those who come to the Foundation sooner and work in a "think tank" or innovative environment with the Foundation management team.

  • Thought leadership. As part of the Foundation's commitment to the future of microelectronics and microelectronic packaging and future generations of professionals, the Foundation's Think Tank brings together thought and resources around central issues affecting design, manufacturing, and positioning of microelectronics and microelectronic packaging as an integral part of the complete supply chain to the end users.

The Microelectronics Foundation operates in accordance with the Foundation's Policies and Procedures. Questions about this manual or recommendations for change should be directed to Michael O'Donoghue at

We'd like to hear from you! Please direct questions or comments about the Microelectronics Foundation to the IMAPS Executive Director:

Michael O'Donoghue
Executive Director, IMAPS