Micro-engineering started at EPFL in the 80’s as a new curriculum after the creation of the Micro-engineering Section to respond to the demand from the local high precision industry (mainly the watch-making and biomedical industry) for engineers in the field of industrial automation and high precision micro-mechanics.
Following the creation of the new section, a new Micro-engineering department was established in 1989, building upon and following a long Swiss tradition of excellence in precision engineering and micro-machining for the watch, space and medical device industry. The Micro-engineering department became the Institute of Micro-engineering (IMT) when the School of Engineering was created in 2002 by grouping the former departments. Since then it has gained an outstanding reputation in Switzerland, in Europe as well as overseas, in particular in Japan, as being the host of highly innovative research and teaching for advanced micro-engineering of miniaturized integrated systems as well as the associated manufacturing technologies.
Today, the Institute of Microengineering consists of 67 teachers of whom 27 are professors, 180 doctoral students, 200 Master students and more than 500 Bachelor students. The 25 laboratories are spread over three sites: the Biotech Campus in Geneva, the main EPFL campus in Lausanne and Microcity in Neuchâtel.