Nanoelectronics Research Laboratory
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Kaustav Banerjee is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Nanoelectronics Research Lab at UC Santa Barbara. He is also an Affiliated Faculty with the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and the Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) at UCSB. Initially trained as a physicist, he received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (with minors in Physics and Materials Science) from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999, working with Prof. Chenming Hu.
His current research interests include nanometer-scale issues in CMOS VLSI as well as circuits and systems issues in emerging nanoelectronics. He is also involved in exploring the design and fabrication of various nanomaterials for ultra energy-efficient electronics and energy harvesting/storage applications. His research has been chronicled in over 200 journal and refereed conference papers including over 50 invited papers. He has also delivered over 100 invited talks, panel/keynote speeches, and seminars at major international forums and institutes around the world. He has co-edited a book titled Emerging Nanoelectronics: Life with and after CMOS (Springer—Verlag, 2005) and co-authored several book chapters.
Prior to joining UCSB, he was with Stanford University (1999-2001) as a Research Associate at the Center for Integrated Systems with joint appointments from the EE Department and the Thermosciences Division of the ME Department. In the past, he has also held research/visiting positions at Intel’s Circuit Research Labs, Hillsboro, OR (2002), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland (2001), and Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX (1993-97). In December 2010, he held a Visiting Professorship at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
Prof. Banerjee has made seminal contributions in almost every area he has worked on, and his technical ideas and innovations have seen wide-spread proliferation both in the industry and academia as exemplified by his h-index of 36 (from Google Scholar) at the time of this publication. His doctoral research at Berkeley and subsequent work at Stanford on thermal issues in integrated circuits played a pioneering role in introducing the concept of “thermal integrity”, which set the foundation for Gradient Design Automation, the first company to introduce temperature-aware IC design technology in the Electronic Design Automation Industry. He has also made a number of key contributions in the area of nanoscale IC interconnects and innovative interconnect solutions including 3-D ICs and carbon-based interconnects. His exceptional research accomplishments and inspirational teaching led to his appointment as Full Professor in 2007, within 5 years of his joining UCSB as Assistant Professor in 2002. He has also been recognized with numerous other awards and honors.
Prof. Banerjee has served on the technical and organizational committees of several leading IEEE and ACM conferences including IEDM, DAC, ICCAD, IRPS, ISQED and SISPAD. From 2005-2008 he served on the IEEE EDS Nanotechnology Committee. Currently, he serves on the IEEE/EDS GOLD Committee and the IEEE/EDS VLSI Technology and Circuits Committee. Since 2008, he has been a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Devices Society.