Executive Director, Nanoelectronics Research Initiative
Dr. Thomas Theis is on assignment from the IBM Corporation to serve as the Executive Director of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), and is based at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. The NRI supports university-based research on future nanoscale logic devices to replace the CMOS transistor in the 2020 timeframe.
Tom received a B.S. degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1972, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University in 1974 and 1978, respectively. A portion of his Ph.D. research was done at the Technical University of Munich, where he completed a postdoctoral year before joining IBM Research in 1979.
Tom joined the Semiconductor Science and Technology Department at IBM Watson Research Center in December of 1978. Since then he has made important contributions to the understanding of conduction in wide-band-gap insulators and donors in III-V compound semiconductors and has contributed as a manager and technical strategist to the development of technology products including IBM's introduction of copper wiring technology in the late 1990's. As IBM's world-wide director for research in the physical sciences from 1998 to 2010, he championed successful new research initiatives in nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, exploratory memory devices, quantum computing, and "green" technology. In June of 2010, he assumed the position of Program Manager, New Devices and Architectures for Computing. Tom is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the IEEE and serves on numerous advisory boards and committees. He is proud to have served on the National Academies committees that authored the first and second triennial reports on the National Nanotechnology Initiative, and to have served on the committee that authored the Report to the President and Congress on the Third Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative for PCAST. He has authored or co-authored over 70 scientific and technical publications.