Prospective Students

Prospective iNEMO Group Members

Before you read any further, please read this blog entry:


Purdue is one of the very the best places in the world right now to study theoretical electron transport at the nanometer scale. The nanoHUB is an opportunity for students to impact the rest of the world and have an outcome with their PhD thesis that goes beyond a few papers. At Purdue we have 4 theory / modeling professors: Datta, Lundstrom, Alam, and Klimeck. The iNEMO group headed by Prof. Klimeck is focused primarily on model building, numerical developments, and parallel computing. Applicants should have a solid physics background as well experience in software development.


Admissions to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering are handled through a central admission process. If you are seeking financial support for your graduate studies it is useful to understand what the individual research groups are doing. With such background knowledge you may want to contact specific faculty members and engage them in a constructive discussion. Blanket letters that show no understanding what the research group does are not very helpful to the faculty member.

Our Work

The iNEMO Group is focused on the building, using, and deployment of nanoelectronic modeling and simulation codes. Prof. Klimeck has focussed in his career at Texas Instruments, NASA JPL, and now Purdue on the construction of NEMO 1-D, NEMO 3-D, NEMO5 and OMEN. NEMO5 combines the non-equilibrium transport capabilities and multimillion atom electronic structure capabilities of the previous tools into one new exciting code. NEMO5 is used to drive academic research and is used by leading semiconductor firms for device design.

These kind of developments are ultimately delivered to users through the website. For example the NEMO3-D code has an educational version that runs on the nanoHUB as the quantum dot lab A flash demo is available . Other tools that do transport or atomistic calculations and have been used by hundreds of people already are the bandstructure lab, the nanowire lab , and the nanoFET lab:

Presentation material like "Bandstructure in Nanoelectronics", "Atomistic Alloy Disorder in Nanostructures", and "Quantum Dots" help users to understand the nanomaterial better and might give you an idea of what work is being done in the group. Each of these materials and simulation tools have been used by hundreds of users.

Overall the nanoHUB has been used by over 200,000 users and 12,000 simulation users around the world.

Applying to the Group

If you feel you your skills and motivation are strong enough to be successful in our group, please email your resume/CV to [nemogroupapplications at gmail dot com] as well as your responses to the following questions.

  • What is your background in fundamental semiconductor device theory and quantum mechanics?
  • What types of numerically intensive work have you done?
  • Describe (in less than 1/2 page) the software problems you have tackled. Please address the following topics: How large was the software? What were your specific contributions? What languages can you develop software in? Have you done parallel code development? How have you measured that your computation is efficient?
  • Have you performed research work? If so, please give an overview of your work, your contributions, and the outcome.


  • Your resume needs to be a PDF.
  • The PDF file has to follow the name convention "student_name_CV.pdf."
  • If you want to attach more information please attach an additional PDF, it has to follow the name convention "student_name_supplemental_docs.pdf"
  • Be sure that your complete name is part of the subject on that email.

Interview Details

The applicants short-listed after the preselection stage will be called for an interview. The interview will be 30 minutes with two or more of the research faculty & staff and will include technical questions about semiconductor physics and software programming, as well as general interview questions. We may schedule two of the above interviews. You will also have a chance to ask us questions. Please give your skype username and also a backup phone number where we can reach you in case the skype connection is poor.