Graduate Student Ahmad Ehtesham Islam receives 2009-2010 Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship

The Intel program awards fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests. Fellowships are available at select U.S. universities and by invitation only.

The Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship Program awards fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests. Fellowships are available at select U.S. universities, by invitation only. The fellowship includes a cash award for tuition, travel expenses, and an additional stipend, an Intel mentor, and the opportunity to participate in an internship at Intel. This is a highly competitive program with approximately 40 fellowships awarded annually. For details, see: http://www.intel.com/education/highered/studentprograms/fellowship.htm
 
This year Ahmad Ehtesham Islam, a graduate student in Prof. Ashraf Alam's group, is selected for this prestigious award. Ehtesham’s research involves theory and characterization of time-dependent parametric shifts in hyper-scaled CMOS transistors. His related work on Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI) – a leading variability concern in modern CMOS – initiated the concept of degradation-free transistor, a possibility – if demonstrated and adopted – may reshape how circuits are designed and evaluated now-a-days for handling different sources of CMOS variabilities.