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Ali Shakouri

Ali Shakouri

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center

Ali Shakouri obtained his Diplome d'Ingenieur in 1990 from Ecole Nationale Superiere des Telecommunications, Paris; and his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena in 1995.

His areas of research include quantum electronics, nano and microscale heat and current transport in semiconductor devices, thermoelectric/thermionic energy conversion, submicron thermal imaging, micro refrigerators on a chip and novel optoelectronic integrated circuits.

His research focuses on the mutual interaction of heat, light, and electricity in nano and microscale materials and devices to improve device performance either in energy conversion or in information processing applications. His group has designed a micro refrigerator on a chip to remove hot spots in microprocessor chips and has developed novel AC imaging techniques to obtain thermal maps of active devices with submicron spatial resolution and microsecond time resolution, among other applications.