14 September 2012
SRC honors UC Berkeley’s del Alamo and MIT’s Neureuther for advancing chip technology
At its annual TECHCON technology conference in Austin, TX (at which the latest results of SRC-funded research are shared among university students, faculty and industry experts), university-research consortium Semiconductor Research Corp (SRC) of Research Triangle Park, NC, USA has presented its awards for 2012 recognizing outstanding professors in SRC-supported, chip-related research and education.
Dr Jesus del Alamo, professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), received the SRC Technical Excellence Award for his SRC-funded work advancing silicon and compound semiconductor transistor technologies for RF, microwave and millimeter-wave applications.
Dr Andrew Neureuther, professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, received this year’s SRC Aristotle Award for outstanding teaching and a deep commitment to the educational experience of his students. With SRC support, Neureuther’s UC Berkeley research team has pioneered modeling and simulation of integrated circuit processing as well as the use of the resulting tools to explore innovation and manufacturing issues in emerging technologies.
Selected by SRC’s 12 member companies and the SRC staff, the award-winning faculty and research teams are honored for their exemplary impact on semiconductor productivity through cultivation of technology and talent.
“Advanced research has been instrumental in propelling the semiconductor industry forward, and we are recognizing these valuable researchers and their teams for the critical work they have performed in helping the industry achieve technological triumphs,” said SRC president Larry Sumney.
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
del Alamo’s research includes the fabrication of nanometer-scale transistors with record high-frequency operation, as well as investigating the use of III-V compound semiconductors to enable a new generation of deeply scaled transistors for future digital applications. “I am deeply honored by this recognition that comes from an institution that has done so much to foster progress in semiconductor science and technology,” said del Alamo. “The partnerships between university and academia that the SRC creates and nurtures are critical elements of a healthy microelectronics ecosystem,” he added.
The scope and impact of Neureuther’s research includes models for chemically amplified imaging materials (STORM); simulation of optical, electron, ion beam and x-ray lithography (SAMPLE); the assessment of residual effects of defects and lens aberrations (SPLAT); electromagnetic scattering (TEMPEST); time-evolution of topography (SAMPLE3), fast-CAD kernel convolution with layout (Pattern Matcher); environments for integrating simulators with process flow (SIMPL, PROSE); and remote web-based simulation (LAVA). “SRC brought enthusiastic technologists and semiconductor manufacturing challenges to universities that attracted and motivated good students whose research has benefitted all of us in our daily lives,” said Neureuther.