From the Editor

Feedback on the first edition of the SRC Alumni Newsletter was VERY positive! And we were very pleased that a number of you forwarded the Newsletter to the "lost alums" so many are no longer lost. We view SRC as a growing community, making a difference globally and with great potential for the future - the bigger the actively participating community, the greater the potential for positive impact, And SRC is growing. In the "What's New" section of the April Newsletter we told you about four initiatives; in this edition, you'll see information on three new or expanded ventures. For those of you at SRC member companies or involved in SRC-funded research, a great opportunity to see the "big picture" is coming up in September at TECHCON 2010. We hope to see many of you there. We're also planning an alumni event that will be open to all SRC student alumni (see "Looking Ahead" below). As always, we appreciate your feedback via e-mail to

Ginny Wiggins, Manager, SRC Student Programs

Seeking the Missing

Response to this article in the April edition of this newsletter seeking to re-establish contact with SRC alumni produced outstanding results! Over 50 SRC student alumni reappeared, and a number asked how to actively reconnect to SRC. Our thanks to those of you who forwarded information to friends and colleagues! An updated list of "lost alumni" is attached, sorted by university; please forward this edition of the Alumni Newsletter to anyone you know on the list and ask them to contact SRC at We have also enlisted the help of Alumni Associations at several universities that have agreed to forward the newsletter and/or print a notice in the university's alumni newsletter. So we're making great progress on this front! Download the list sorted by university.

Featured Profile

Professor Li-C.Wang will receive the 2010 SRC Technical Excellence Award in September at TECHCON 2010 for his research entitled, "Data Mining and Learning for Test and Validation." Two of Professor Wang's former students are also named on the Award - Benjamin Lee, now at Google, and Pouria Bastani, now at Intel. The Technical Excellence Award recognizes technology that significantly enhances the productivity of the semiconductor industry. Professor Wang was an SRC-supported student at the University of Texas/Austin, graduating in 1995. He joined Motorola and was an Industry Liaison to research at the University of California/Santa Cruz before joining the faculty at Texas A&M University. He joined the faculty at the University of California/Santa Barbara in 2001 and was awarded his first SRC GRC contract in 2004. The UC/Santa Barbara website lists a number of Best Paper Awards and other honors, and his former students include two GRC Master's Scholars. SRC asked Professor Wang what he considers to be his most important professional accomplishment and whether that ties back to his experience as an SRC student. This is his reply.

"My most important accomplishment is undoubtedly in the professional development of my students. As someone who started their professional career as an SRC student, I always wanted to bring my fruitful SRC experience into the growth and maturity of students. The experience as an SRC student and the experience as an industrial liaison largely impacted the way I conducted my later research. It was through that SRC-styled research process that the students achieved their professional accomplishments that I am proud of and consider most important."

Making a Difference

SRC alumni are recognized for their contributions to industry and the global economy in many forums, including professional recognition and patents. Five patents issued during the second quarter of 2010 to SRC alums for research as current faculty or when they were students.

  • Semiconductor Device With High On Current And Low Leakage
    Patent #7728387
    FCRP Research at Stanford University
    Inventors: Krishna Saraswat, Tejas Krishnamohan (Stanford, 06; now at Intel)
  • Method and System for Performing Optical Proximity Correction with Process Variations Considerations
    Patent #7711504
    GRC Research at the University of Texas/Austin
    Inventors: David Pan (UCLA, 00; now at UT/Austin), Peng Yu (UT/Austin, 09, now at Baylor College of Medicine)
  • Systems and Methods for Providing Defect-Tolerant Logic Devices
    Patent #7696774
    FCRP Research at Georgia Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Maryam Ashouei (GA Tech, 07, now at IMEC), Abhijit Chatterjee, Adit Singh
  • Broadband Active Balun
    Patent #7737789
    FCRP Research at the University of Florida
    Inventors: William Eisenstadt, Robert Fox, Kooho Jung (U. FL, 07, now at Cascade Microtech, Inc.)
  • Hybrid Resistor/FET-Logic Demultiplexer Architecture Design for Nanoelectronics
    Patent #7737726
    FCRP Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: Shu Li (Rensselaer, 09, now at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.), Tong Zhang (NCSU, 93, now at Rensselaer)

SRC Connections

Alums continue to be successful in winning SRC research contracts. Twenty-nine new tasks were funded in 2Q2010; two listed SRC student alums as task leaders.

  • Eric Eisenbraun (SUNY/Albany, 94), GRC research at SUNY/Albany, Performance Benchmarking and Integration Characteristics of Novel Multifunctional Direct Plate Liner Material and Processing Solutions for Sub-22 nm Interconnects
  • Mark Wistey (Stanford, 04), NRI research at Notre Dame, Energy-Efficient Devices: Interband Tunnel Transistors

The Industry Liaison Program ensures a strong connection between SRC members and university research as well as a mentoring structure for current GRC students. During 2Q2010, 124 new Liaisons began 170 new assignments; nearly one third of the new assignments are held by SRC alums, including the following:

  • Ravi Achanta (Rensselaer, 08), IBM, liaison to research at the University of North Texas
  • Stephen Cea (U. Fl, 96), Intel, liaison to research at UC/Santa Barbara
  • Koushik Das (U. MI, 03), IBM, liaison to research at U. MN and UT/Dallas
  • Youfei Deng (UC/Berkeley, 03), GLOBALFOUNDRIES, liaison to research at UC/San Diego and UT/Austin
  • Min Ding (UT/Austin, 07), Freescale, liaison to research at UT/Austin and SUNY/Albany
  • Edward Engbrecht (UT/Austin, 04) IBM, liaison to research at SUNY/Albany
  • Roger Flynn (Stanford, 08) Intel, liaison to research at Stanford
  • Roksana Golizadeh-Mojarad (Purdue,09), Intel, liaison to research at U. WI/Madison
  • Stephan Grunow (SUNY/Albany, 02), IBM, liaison to research at SUNY/Albany
  • Sayed Hasan (Purdue, 06), Intel, liaison to research at U. FL
  • Luke Henderson (UT/Austin, 10), Novellus, liaison to research at Stanford, SUNY/Albany, UT/Dallas
  • Sami Hyvonen (UIUC, 2004), Intel, liaison to research at UIUC
  • Kaushik Kumar (SUNY/Albany, 01), TEL, liaison to research at U. North Texas
  • Srilatha Manne (U. CO/Boulder, 97), AMD, liaison to research at U. VA
  • Sivakumar Mudanai (UT/Austin, 01), Intel, liaison to research at AZ State, UIUC
  • Kaushik Mysore (Purdue, 09), AMD, liaison to research at SUNY/Albany, Purdue
  • Tyler Osborn (GA Tech, 09), Intel, liaison to research at SUNY/Albany, GA Tech
  • Srinivas Patil (UIUC, 90), Intel, liaison to research at UC/Santa Barbara and Duke
  • Shom Ponoth (Rensselaer, 03), IBM, liaison to research at U. North Texas
  • Titash Rakshit (Purdue, 04), Intel, liaison to research at Yale
  • Mark Schlamann (Iowa State, 04), Freescale, liaison to research at Iowa State
  • Harsono Simka (MIT, 97), Intel, liaison to research at SUNY/Albany, Purdue
  • Jay Sivaganame (U. MI, 03), Freescale, liaison to research at Stanford
  • Mark Stettler (Purdue, 93), Intel, liaison to research at Purdue
  • Phillip Stout (UIUC, 95), AMAT, liaison to research at U. North Texas
  • Akif Sultan (UT/Austin, 96), GLOBALFOUNDRIES, liaison to research at UT/Austin
  • Rasit Topaloglu (UC/San Diego, 05), GLOBALFOUNDRIES, liaison to research at Rensselaer and UT/Austin
  • Oscar van der Straten (SUNY/Albany, 02), IBM, liaison to research at SUNY/Albany
  • Mark Willey (Columbia, 07), Novellus, liaison to research at SUNY/Albany
  • Mark Zaleski (Cornell, 92), Freescale, liaison to research at SUNY/Albany
  • Xuefeng Zhang (UT/Austin, 10), AMD, liaison to research at UT/Austin 2010

2010 Fellowship and Scholarship Awards

The SRC Fellows and Master's Scholars are among the best and most promising of the current students. SRC awarded eight new Fellowships and four new Master's Scholarships through the Global Research Collaboration and the SRC Education Alliance to begin with the fall 2010 term. Congratulations to these future leaders of the semiconductor industry.

  • Adam Beece, GLOBALFOUNDRIES/GRC Fellow, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Cory Bevilacqua, GRC Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Patrick Kwong, IBM/GRC Fellow, University of California/Berkeley
  • Mia McCorkel, Intel Foundation/SRCEA Fellow, University of Arizona
  • Wilhelm Melitz, AMAT/GRC Fellow, University of California/San Diego
  • Kurt Moen, Texas Instruments/GRC Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Brandon Noia, Intel Foundation/SRCEA Fellow, Duke University
  • Christine Ouyang, AMAT/GRC Fellow, Cornell University
  • Anthony Erlinger, GRC Master's Scholar, Columbia University
  • Charles Gamiz, Intel Foundation/SRCEA Master's Scholar, University of California/Berkeley
  • Marta Giachino, Intel Foundation/SRCEA Master's Scholar, Stanford University
  • Eric Padilla, Intel Foundation/SRCEA Master's Scholar, Arizona State University

What's New at SRC

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The URO program supported 230 students in its first year and produced the first alums of the program - 31 graduates! Twenty-one graduates (68%) will continue to graduate school, with at least six joining SRC research programs, including:

  • Patrick Kwong (UC/Berkeley,10),1BM/GRC Fellow at UC/Berkeley beginning F10
  • Eric Padilla (UCLA,10), Intel Foundation/SRCEA Master's Scholar beginning Su10
  • Anthony Erlinger (UCLA,10), GRC Master's Scholar, Columbia, beginning F10
  • Alex Guo (UC/Berkeley,10), will join FCRP research at MIT beginning F10
  • Maxwell Zheng (UC/Berkeley,10), will join FCRP research at UC/Berkeley beginning F10 (faculty advisor is SRC Alum Ali Javey, Stanford, 05)
  • Grigorian Beayna (UCLA, 10), will join GRC research at UCLA beginning F10

Many more good things were reported from the first year of this program; the Year 1 Final Report is posted to the SRC Education Alliance website. The second year of the URO program will begin in September, continuing at the same set of 14 universities.

Center for Electronic Material Processing and Integration (CEMPI)

SRC GRC has joined forces with the University of North Texas (UNT) to create the Center for Electronic Material Processing and Integration (CEMPI). Professor Jeffry Kelber, a long time SRC faculty researcher, is the Principal Investigator. With an April 1, 2010, start date, CEMPI focuses on the fundamental understanding of advanced plasma processes and insulators used in manufacturing state-of-the-art semiconductor chips. Jointly funded by SRC and UNT with an annual budget for at least three years of approximately $850,000, the mission of CEMPI is to help ensure semiconductor devices continue to increase in performance while growing smaller in size. Plasma processing is used throughout every stage in the manufacturing of semiconductor chips, including depositing, etching and cleaning materials.

Collaborating as part of the center will be a team of 12 researchers from UNT, the University of Maryland, the University of California/Berkeley, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, Pennsylvania State University, Columbia University, University of Texas/Arlington, University of Michigan and Arizona State University. Four SRC alums are among the Industry Liaisons to this center:

  • Ravi Achanta (Rensselaer, 08), IBM
  • Kaushik Kumar (SUNY/Albany, 01), TEL
  • Shom Ponoth (Rensselaer, 03), IBM
  • Phillip Stout (UIUC, 95), AMAT

Energy Research Initiative (ERI)

SRC launched a new research program in July, bringing in new members and expanded opportunities. Founding industry members for ERI include ABB, Applied Materials, Bosch, First Solar, IBM, Nexans and Tokyo Electron. Initial research will be centered at Purdue University and Carnegie Mellon University. The Purdue center will address the need for new modeling and simulation tools to support the development of improved photovoltaic devices. Research centered at Carnegie Mellon University will pursue the development of systems and technologies to enable efficient, reliable and secure smart grid electricity infrastructure with integrated renewable energy resources. Both centers will be multi-university efforts with research contracts expected to be in place by October 2010.

Looking Ahead

TECHCON 2010 will be held September 13-14 in Austin, Texas, presenting a broad view of the SRC research portfolio in 159 technical papers and/or posters. In a recent survey, SRC Alums told us they would value face-to-face gatherings of the SRC alums so . . . a special event will be held for SRC student alums at TECHCON. At TECHCON 2009, about 40 alums attended as faculty or representing their company; therefore, we agree that this event offers an outstanding opportunity for SRC alums to participate in building the Alumni Association. Watch for further information in your e-mail.

Tell Us About You

Do you have something you would like to share about your SRC experience? What good things are you doing now? Information provided for and about SRC student alumni will fuel future SRC Alumni Newsletters. You can also share information relevant to SRC and the semiconductor field by joining and posting to the SRC Alumni Association group on Linked In. We are especially interested in ideas for the Featured Profile and Making a Difference sections, but welcome all good stories and old and new photos. Please send via e-mail to; we look forward to sharing your stories.

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