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Join the CALCE EPS Consortium


Companies and government organizations are invited to join the EPS Consortium. Current CALCE EPS Consortium Members can be seen here. All Members are required to sign the CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Consortium Membership Agreement. Consortium membership options and benefits are shown below. Policies on using CALCE Materials and Software along with copyright and patent procedures are also listed below. For more information, please refer to FAQs and ROI or contact membership@calce.umd.edu.

CALCE EPSC Membership Options:

CALCE EPSC Membership levels are based on company size and benefits.

  1. Full EPSC Membership: requires an annual membership payment of $65,000*.
  2. Associate EPSC Membership: is available only to those companies having less than 250 employees and requires an annual membership payment of $30,000*.

The CALCE EPSC Memberships listed above are assocated with a single location (Designated Site). To support other sites, companies may at their option obtain a

  1. Super EPSC Membership: allows assignment of unlimited designated sites and requires an annual membership payment of $125,000*.
  2. Site Membership: is for an individual designated site and requires an annual membership payment of $15,000.
*Initiation Fee: All new members shall pay a one-time initiation fee of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000).

CALCE EPSC Membership Benefits:

    I. MATERIALS

  • Access to and use of information on CALCE Members's Only Area of the CALCE Web Site.
  • Access to and use of the latest copy of  CALCE software at initiation of membership
  • User support for CALCE software in accordance with the CALCE EPSC Membership Agreement
  • Members may designate supporting organizations (non-EPSC members) for CALCE software licenses. The software licence fee will be charged based on an annual fee for each designate supporting organization business location.


    II. RESEARCH


    III. EDUCATION
 

  • Information on state-of-the-art trends in electronic packaging
  • Free attendance for Member employees to Technical Review meetings
  • Priority enrollment for Member employees in CALCE short courses, workshops and seminars
  • Discounts on CALCE courses, workshops and seminars
  • One day on-site Software training and on-site annual presentation of CALCE research activities each year, at a mutually agreeable time (for Full EPSC Members and Super EPSC Members only)

  •     IV.   COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS

    • Participation in cooperative programs with University
    • Upon request, specially tailored programs to assist Members with recruiting University of Maryland students
    • Representation on Industrial Advisory Board**


    **[IAB: Each Full and Super Member may appoint one voting member to the IAB.  The IAB reviews and provides advice on Consortium practices and research priorities to ensure that they are consistent with industry concerns; guides and oversees EPSC research; and provides valuable advice is considered in shaping the policies (contracts) and directions of the CALCE Center]
     


    Consortium Research Project

    CALCE performs Consortium research projects on an annual basis. These research projects are developed in collaboration with CALCE EPSC Members. Consortium Projects are designed to be consistent with the Consortium Thrust Areas that are developed by the Center to address the needs of Members and the Consortium as a whole.  Consortium research proposals are presented at the Planning Meeting and become part of the next year's research agenda at the Fall Review Meeting.  The results of Consortium research projects are shared with all CALCE EPSC Members (including additional sites and small companies). CALCE does not publish results or findings of Consortium Research Projects until six months after project completion.  Exceptions to this rule must be presented at IAB meeting and pass with no decenting votes.

    Software and Materials Policy

    The use of Materials and Software developed by the CALCE Center is available to Members of the CALCE EPSC according to the terms and conditions of the CALCE Membership Agreement. Members can download, install, and utilize the CALCE Software and access the Members' only area of the CALCE web site.  Use of the Materials is restricted to the Member's Designated Site.  Updates, enhancements, and bug fixes are also posted periodically.   Site membership can be obtained for additional Desginated Sites. A Super EPSC Member can specify unlimited Designated Sites.

    Copyright and Patent Procedures

    CALCE follows the Copyright and Patent Policy approved by the University of Maryland's Board of Regents.

    The Policy on Copyrights,  approved by the Board of Regents on May 31, 1990, governs intellectual property rights in materials subjects to copyright protection.

    The Policy on Patents, approved by the Board of Regents on May 31, 1990, and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Procedures on Patent and Technology Transfer approved by the President on August 1, 1991, govern intellectual property rights and procedures for applying for patent protection in inventions conceived of and developed at or in association with the University.

    All material generated by the CALCE Center is owned and copyrighted by the University of Maryland. CALCE encourages Members to work with CALCE investigators to help identify and develop publications and presentations to dissiminate the copyrighted material.  With regards to intellectual property, CALCE investigators will pursue intellectual property protection on any material that is preceived to have commercial value.  CALCE will inform members of all intellectual property disclosures at the annual meetings or through email. CALCE Members are encouraged to work with CALCE investigators to intellectual property in the development of new products and services.
     

    Publications Policy

    Publication of results and finding from CALCE Consortium Research Projects outside of the Consortium sponsored meetings will be withheld until six months after the completion of the project.  Exceptions to this policy can be sought at a CALCE IAB meeting.  An exception will be granted so long as there are no objections.

    CALCE investigators seeking to use Member specific material within a report or presentation will work directly with the Member who provided the material.  The Member has up to ninety (90) days to review a report or paper prior to submission for publication or public presentation for the inclusion of proprietary and confidential information provided by the member and request the deletion of such information or a delay in publication so that the Member may take appropriate steps to protect its rights in such information.  Any concerns by a sponsor regarding publication must be communicated in writing to the Director of the CALCE Center within sixty (60) days of receipt of the advance copy of the publication.

    The University of Maryland Commitment

    Membership fees are entirely dedicated to the CALCE EPSC research efforts and the programs of Consortium and education.  The University has made a commitment not to include its overhead charges in the membership fee and provides over 25,000 square feet of space.