IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (NMDC)

NMDC 2018 Announces Plenary Speakers

Portland, Ore. March 9, 2018

The NMDC 2018 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce its initial lineup of Plenary Speakers. For full details check the website.

Prof. Jesus del Alamo

Prof. del Alamo is Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories and Donner Professor and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, USA.



Prof. Nader Engheta

Prof. Engheta is H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

He is an IEEE Fellow and the IEEE Nanotechnology Council’s 2018 Pioneer Award Winner “For his transformative contributions to the nanoscience and nanotechnology of photonic metamaterials and for the development of optical nanocircuits”.

Prof. Engheta’s topic will be “Near-Zero-Index Photonic Materials and Devices”.

His current research activities span a broad range of areas including photonics, metamaterials, nano-optics, graphene optics, electrodynamics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, microwave and optical antennas, and physics and engineering of fields and waves. He has received several awards for his research including the 2017 William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award from the IEEE Photonics Society, the 2015 Gold Medal from SPIE, the 2015 Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the 2014 Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), the 2017 Beacon of Photonics Industry Award from the Photonics Media, the 2015 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Award from US Department of Defense, the 2012 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, the 2015 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2015 Wheatstone Lecture in King’s College London, the 2013 Inaugural SINA Award in Engineering, 2006 Scientific American Magazine 50 Leaders in Science and Technology, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.


Ian A. Young

Ian Young is an Intel Senior Fellow in the Technology and Manufacturing Group and Director, Exploratory Integrated Circuits, at Intel  in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA

Dr. Young’s topic will be “Beyond CMOS Materials and Devices for Energy Efficient Computing”



Tony F. Heinz

Professor of Applied Physics and Photon Science at Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA
Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Prof. Heinz’ topic will be: “Optical properties of 2D materials and heterostructures.”

Tony Heinz is a Professor of Applied Physics and Photon Science at Stanford University and the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Heinz received a BS degree in Physics from Stanford University and a PhD degree, also in Physics, from UC Berkeley in 1982.  He was subsequently at the IBM Research Division in Yorktown Heights, NY until he joined Columbia University in 1995 as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics. At Columbia, he served as a Scientific Director of the Columbia Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) and of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). He was the President of the Optical Society of America in 2012.  Heinz joined Stanford in 2015.

Heinz’s research has centered on the elucidation of the properties and dynamics of nanoscale materials primarily through the application of optical and laser techniques.  His research on surfaces, interfaces, and nanoscale materials, including carbon nanotubes, graphene and other 2D materials, has been recognized by Optics Prize of the International Commission for Optics, a Research Award of the von Humboldt Foundation, the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, and the Isakson Prize of the American Physical Society.


Joseph M. Luther

Senior Scientist,  National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, USA.

Dr Luther’s topic will be: “Metal Halide Perovskites at the Nanoscale: high quality optoelectronic materials with unique phase properties”


Joseph Luther is a senior scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, USA. He received his PhD in Physics from Colorado School of Mines in 2008 for his work on colloidal PbS and PbSe quantum dot solar cells for multiple exciton generation, where one photon can generate multiple electron hole pairs, thus leading to solar cells that can outperform the existing SQ limit of 32%. After postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley under mentor Paul Alivisatos, he rejoined NREL in 2009. He published over 80 peer-reviewed papers regarding solution processed solar cells. Current research focuses on perovskite solar cells and semiconductor nanocrystals.


Kaustav Banerjee

Professor, Nanoelectronics Research Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA USA

Professor Banerjee’s topic will be: “2D Materials for Smart Life”

Kaustav Banerjee is Professor at UC Santa Barbara and is one of the world’s leading innovators in the field of nanoelectronics. His current research focuses on the physics, technology, and applications of van der Waals materials and heterostructures for next-generation electronics, photonics, and bioelectronics. Initially trained as a physicist, he graduated from UC Berkeley with a PhD in electrical engineering in 1999. Professor Banerjee is a Fellow of IEEE, American Physical Society (APS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Professor Banerjee’s contributions to energy-efficient electronics, including seminal work on interconnects, 3D ICs, and thermal-aware VLSI design, have been recognized by the IEEE with a Technical Field Award (2015 Kiyo Tomiyasu Award), one of the institute’s highest honors, as well as the prestigious Bessel Prize in 2011 from the Humboldt Foundation.

updated 19-July

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