SRC honors professors from UC Berkeley and MIT

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) recognized two outstanding professors in SRC-supported, chip-related research and education for 2012.

Dr. Andrew Neureuther, professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, 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, 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.

Additionally, Dr. Jesus del Alamo, professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is the recipient of the SRC Technical Excellence Award for his SRC-funded work advancing silicon and compound semiconductor transistor technologies for RF, microwave and millimeter wave applications.

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. The awards were formally presented Sept. 10 in Austin, Texas, during SRC’s annual TECHCON technology conference at which the latest results of SRC-funded research are shared among hundreds of university students, faculty and industry experts.

“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 scope and impact of Dr. Neureuther’s research includes models for chemically amplified imaging materials (STORM); simulation of optical, electron, ion beam and x-ray lithography (SAMPLE); 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 Dr. Neureuther.

Dr. del Alamo’s research includes the fabrication of nanometer-scale transistors with word-record high frequency operation, as well as the investigation of the use of III-V compound semiconductors to enable a new generation of deeply scaled transistors for future digital applications.

SRC is celebrating its 30th anniversary at its annual TECHCON conference Sept. 10-11.

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