Khan Named to onsemi Junior Professorship

<p>Asif Khan, assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Material's Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech</p>

Asif Khan, assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Material's Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech

Asif Khan has been appointed to the onsemi Junior Professorship, effective February 1, 2022. The onsemi (formerly ON Semiconductor) Junior Professorship is for untenured faculty members in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and was previously held by ECE associate professor Tushar Krishna.

Kahn, who has been on the ECE faculty since 2017, is a member of the VLSI Systems and Digital Design and Nanotechnology technical interest groups and holds a courtesy appointment with Tech’s School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). 

“I am greatly honored by this recognition and would like to thank onsemi, ECE and the Institute for making it possible, as well as my colleagues, students and sponsors for their many years of support,” said Khan. “I look forward to utilizing this appointment to broaden and enhance the impact of research in my field.”

Khan’s research focuses on advanced semiconductor devices that will shape the future of computing in the post-scaling era. His current research group works on all aspects of ferroelectricity ranging from materials physics, growth, and electron microscopy to micro-/nano-fabrication of electronic devices, to ferroelectric circuits and systems for artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data-centric applications.

His early career work led to the first experimental proof-of-concept demonstration of a physical phenomenon, namely the negative capacitance, in ferroelectric materials, which can reduce the power dissipation in electronic devices below the “fundamental” thermodynamic limit. Negative capacitance is currently a vibrant research area in materials science, condensed matter physics, and electrical engineering, and it is being pursued by all major semiconductor companies for advanced transistor technologies.

In Fall 2020, Khan was named to the Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Honor Roll by the Center for Teaching and Learning for teaching ECE8863 Quantum Computing Devices and Hardware, and has developed a graduate course on Quantum Computing Devices and Hardware as a part of the campus-wide response to the national prioritization of quantum computing passed through the National Quantum Initiative Act in 2018.

Khan has recently been recognized with notable awards including the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2021), the NSF CAREER Award (2021), and the Intel Rising Star Award (2020). Additional recognition includes the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (2012), TSMC Outstanding Student Research Award (2011), and the University Gold Medal from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (2011).

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