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Niel Crews


As you explore this website, I hope that you will enjoy learning more about the Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM). For example, our facility provides more than 40,000 sq. ft. of research labs, offices, and cleanroom space, equipped with state-of-the-art micro- and nanofabrication equipment and characterization tools. Moreover, as a high-tech research center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University, we have a broad identity.

  • We work to provide solutions to the most critical 21st century challenges, such as energy dependence, health care costs, and environmental sustainability. In this effort, our internationally-recognized team of scientists and engineers are leveraging our regional assets, such as natural gas reserves and coastal wetlands, to make cutting-edge advancements in the fields of micro- and nanotechnology.

  • Easily accessible in the crossroads of the south central United States, we serve as an R&D outsource to companies striving to accelerate the commercial development of their technologies. We also partner with companies seeking to commercialize the inventions and discoveries of our own researchers.

  • We support the education of the new and future national workforce of scientists and engineers. We engage our undergraduate and graduate student body in micro- and nanotechnology research; we provide high-tech, hands-on training for industry professionals; and we are involved in outreach throughout the region to encourage school-age youth to get a college education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

As you learn more about what we do, I invite you to consider ways in which we can help each other. You are welcome to contact me or any of the specialists within our Institute for further discussion of what you have in mind.

Thank you,

Niel Crews, PhD, PE




"Research, Discover, Development and Transfer Micro and Nano Technologies That Advance and Protect Our Nation."


  • To research and develop novel micro and nanosystems for Security, Sustainable, Biological, Environmental and Energy Systems, and other applications
  • To generate and harness commercially viable intellectual property
  • To partner with industry, government, and academia in economic development
  • To transfer new technology and provide technical training to industry and government
  • To develop curricula and educate students in micro/nano scale technologies and systems
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