SRC Honors MIT and Stanford Professors for Nanoscale Chip-Related Research

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, has recognized professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University with distinguished awards for chip-related research and education. The awards were presented Sept. 8 at SRC’s annual TECHCON conference in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Dimitri Antoniadis, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, is the recipient of this year’s SRC Aristotle Award for outstanding teaching and a deep commitment to the educational experience of his students. With SRC support, Antoniadis’ team at MIT has pioneered research in nanoscale solid-state electronic devices involving the application of new materials systems and structures to transistors for deeply scaled electronics.

Additionally, Dr. Kenneth Goodson, professor and department chair of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford, has been awarded the SRC Technical Excellence Award for his SRC-supported work studying heat transfer in electronic nanostructures and packaging, microfluidic heat sinks and thermoelectric and photonic energy conversion devices. The Stanford NanoHeat Lab’s focus on fundamental transport physics allows Goodson and his team to interact extensively with semiconductor and energy companies.

Selected by SRC’s 12 member companies and the SRC staff, the award-winning faculty and research teams were recognized for their exemplary impact on semiconductor productivity through cultivation of technology and talent.

“The esteemed researchers that SRC recognizes annually further the semiconductor industry myriad ways, from producing fundamental scientific advances to developing well-educated scientists and engineers,” said SRC President Larry Sumney. “We honor Dr. Antoniadis and Dr. Goodson for their achievements and thank them for their contributions to the industry.”

MIT and Stanford Research Helps Drive Semiconductor Advancements

Renowned for his research contributions to field-effect devices and silicon process modeling, Dr. Antoniadis’ present research focuses on the physics, technology and modeling of nanoscale device materials for CMOS applications.

“I am honored to join the distinguished group of the SRC Aristotle Awardees,” said Dr. Antoniadis. “I have had the good fortune to be a participant in SRC research since the very beginnings of the organization and to lead a number of large programs with many faculty investigators and graduate student researchers at MIT and at several other major universities. I can honestly say that the SRC has been invaluable in my career as an academic researcher, which afforded me the privileges of guiding many brilliant students in their research at MIT and of getting closely acquainted with and starting several rewarding collaborations with colleagues across the country.”

Dr. Goodson’s research brings fundamental science to applications in heat management and energy conversion. His lab pioneered phonon free path measurements using silicon nanolayers and has developed highly cited papers on diamond, carbon nanotubes, phase change memory and two-phase microfluidics.

“I am warmly thankful and honored by this award,” said Dr. Goodson. “SRC has generously supported my students and our research for two decades starting this coming fall, and the member companies and SRC have displayed conspicuously great citizenship toward the academic community in general. It has been, and will continue to be, a pleasure to work with SRC and the companies in this way.”

TECHCON Showcases Academia’s Brightest

TECHCON brings together the brightest minds in microelectronics research to exchange news about the progress of new materials and processes created by SRC’s network of more than 100 of the top engineering universities. Students and industry leaders discuss basic research that is intended to accelerate advancements for both private and public entities. The presentation of the Aristotle and Technical Excellence awards at TECHCON reflects the purpose of the event, which is to enable future generations of chip technology.

The Aristotle Award is given to SRC-funded university faculty that have profoundly and continuously impacted their students’ professional performances in a way that provides long-term benefit to the SRC member companies. The Technical Excellence Award recognizes researchers who have made key contributions to technologies that significantly enhance the productivity of the semiconductor industry.

More than 11,000 students have been prepared by SRC programs, professors and mentors for entry into the semiconductor business. These students provide a path for technology transfer and a source of relevantly educated technical talent for the industry.

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