April 28, 2006 — The official opening of the University of Cambridge’s new building for electrical engineering was announced this week. The building incorporates the Center for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE).
CAPE is an integrated research facility within the electrical engineering department. The department has a staff of 20 academics, 70 post-doctoral researchers, and 170 research students. CAPE is designed to bring research activities into development and exploitation in close collaboration with industry. Industrial investors in the CAPE project include Advance Nanotech, ALPS Electric Co., Dow Corning Corp., and Ericsson Marconi Corp.
The program enables designers and engineers within academia and industry to benefit from developments in advanced photonics and electronics. In the past five years, ten spin-out companies have been formed from projects which began in the electrical division within Cambridge’s department of engineering.