Dr. Mark Lundstrom:
Post-Tenure Review and Electronics in the 21st Century

Event Date: March 5, 2014
Hosted By: CoE Office of Academic Affairs
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: MSEE 239
Contact Name: Marsha Freeland
Contact Phone: 494-5349
Contact Email: mjfreeland@purdue.edu
Open To: All
Dr. Mark Lundstrom


What do these two topics have to do with each other?Nothing really, but since the purpose of this seminar series is still unclear to many of my faculty colleagues, I’ll begin this presentation with a short discussion of how I understand it.It is the College of Engineering’s way to conduct post tenure review of faculty.I’ll give my own thoughts on this and invite any administrators in the audience to pipe in.Then we’ll move to the main part of the seminar.

Now, on the future of electronics--Since Gordon Moore formulated his famous law in 1965, progress in semiconductor technology has continued unabated, and the result has shaped the modern world. The device that made it all possible is the transistor, and historically, the downscaling of transistor dimensions has driven progress in electronics. When I began my career as an integrated circuit process engineer, the critical dimensions of transistors were 5-micrometers (5000 nanometers).Today, we are trying to push transistors to 5 nm channel lengths, but we can now see the end of the downscaling paradigm, and the question is:“What comes next?” It seems certain that the next 50 years will be just as interesting and significant as the past 50, but things will change, and these changes will have profound implications for the research we do and on how we prepare students and working engineers for the coming, new era in electronics. In this talk, I’ll reflect on these questions from the perspective of someone who has had a ringside seat for one of the most remarkable accomplishments in human history.I’ll ask what lessons we can learn from this astonishing experience and discuss some projects that I am involved in to address the challenges and opportunities in this period of transition.


Mark Lundstrom is the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1973 and 1974 respectively and joined the Purdue faculty upon completing his doctorate in 1980. Before attending Purdue, he worked at Hewlett-Packard Corporation on integrated circuit process development and manufacturing. At Purdue, his research is on the physics and modeling of semiconductor devices such as nanoscale transistors, solar cells, and thermoelectric devices. Lundstrom was the founding director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology, which created the nanoHUB science gateway. He currently spearheads NEEDS, an NSF and industry-funded, multi-university initiative focused on new-era electronics, and he leads the nanoHUB-U initiative for on-line education. He has written many papers, a few books, has received awards for both research and education, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.