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Celebration of Faculty Careers Colloquium & reception with JAMES A. COOPER.

Event Date: November 1, 2013
Hosted By: College of Engineering
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121
Contact Name: Marsha Freeland
Contact Phone: 765-494-5349
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James A. CooperJames A. Cooper


"Real Engineers Get Their Hands Dirty"

Friday November 01, 2013
3:30 p.m.. seminar, Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121
4:30 p.m.. reception, Morgan Cafe
James A. Cooper
Jai N. Gupta Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

James A. Cooper received his Ph.D. from Purdue in 1973.  From 1973 to 1983 he was a member of technical staff of Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, where he was principal designer of AT&T's first CMOS microprocessor and developed a time-of-flight technique for investigating high-field transport in silicon inversion layers.  He joined the Purdue faculty in 1983, where he was founding director of the Purdue Optoelectronics Research Center.

Since 1990, he has explored device technology in the wide bandgap semiconductor SiC.  His group demonstrated the first monolithic integrated circuits in SiC (1993), the first planar DMOS power transistors (1996), the first lateral DMOSFETs (1997), the first self-aligned short-channel DMOSFETs (2003), and a variety of other devices.  He is currently investigating structural and electrostatic disorder at the SiC/SiO2 interface, with applications to SiC power MOSFETs.

Professor Cooper was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1993.  He served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices from 1983 through 1986, guest editor of two special issues of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, and an advisory board member of IEEE Proceedings from 2004 – 2009.   He has co-authored over 250 technical papers and conference presentations, 5 book chapters, 18 US patents, and a new textbook on SiC technology.  In 30 years at Purdue, he has graduated 26 PhD and 10 MS thesis students, and was principal investigator on over $40 million in sponsored research grants.  From 1996 – 2000, he lead a campaign that culminated in construction of the Birck Nanotechnology Center.  He served as founding Co-Director of the Birck Center from 2001 – 2006 and as interim Director from March 2009 to September 2010.