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Queen's University

    National Design Network

    Canada’s National Design Network (NDN) enables excellent multi-disciplinary research and complex prototype microsystems with the potential to be rapidly commercialized, positioning Canada to be a competitive player in all economic sectors.   

    The effectiveness of the NDN is dependent on the interactions between many individuals and organizations.

    • 1000+    and growing    Faculty members    and their collaborators at 50+ post-secondary institutions across Canada
    • 30+      Micro-nano technology (MNT)   facilities providing lab processes and equipment at Canadian universities  
    • 50+   industry partners and suppliers   around the globe  
    • 7000+   post-graduate and undergraduate students   supporting a high level of academic output
    • 500+      Canadian companies   have collaborated with academic researchers or hired graduate students with microsystems competence and experience.  
    • 10+      public funders   from both federal and provincial levels  
    • CMC Microsystems   - 25 year   history providing a foundation for microsystems R&D by managing projects and delivering infrastructure, services and support  


    Queen’s University

    Over the 5 year period ending in 2012 Queen’s University’s participation in Canada’s National Design Network has resulted in: 

    • $7.5M in value delivered to Queen’s
    • 51 faculty supported
    • 246 grad students supported
    • Resulting in 464 journal and other publications
    • 82 collaborations between Queen’s and Industry



    How to participate in the National Design Network:


    Getting started with the NDN only takes a few minutes.  Simply visit and get an account.  Accounts are free and will enable researchers to identify communication preferences as well as provide a username and password to enable sign in at the NDN Hub, which is the online home for Canada’s National Design Network.  The Hub is a great resource for faculty and students and is the place to download information including recorded webinars and tutorials, provide comments and feedback on proposals and technology roadmaps, learn about upcoming events, interact with contacts from industry and academia as well as directly with microsystems engineers at CMC.   


    Visit the Hub

    Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000