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What was your previous position and where?I was an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where I played a key role in growth of the newly built department and especially the Microelectronics/VLSI Design program. Prior to joining SUNY, I held a faculty position in electrical and computer engineering department at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining NCSU, I was a senior scientist in one of the federal research labs of India in the research and development of integrated circuit design and technology. I also held visiting appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Cincinnati and the University of Arizona.
What brought you to LSU?Instead of moving to the Silicon Valley area, where opportunities were then in abundance, I decided to join LSU. I saw opportunities to excel in academia and saw somewhere I could put all my experience in the field of advanced electronics, especially in the area of very large scale integrated, or VLSI, circuit design for education and research. I was also attracted to LSU as it was shaping into a major international university of excellence in education and research with a diverse student population. The southern hospitality, botanical garden-style campus and warm climate were among other considerations from a family perspective.
What is your research interest?My research interests include low power VLSI circuit design and testability (digital, analog and mixed-signal); phase noise in RF integrated circuits and systems; nanoelectronics - quantum electronic devices; carbon nanotube, or CNT, interconnects; CNT-FETs and integrated circuits; graphene electronics; smart sensors and CMOS-MEMS/NEMS micro/nano systems; and radiation-hardened integrated circuits.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I hope that my research at LSU will be known for scholarly work in the field of ultra-low power, super-fast computer chip designs exploring nanotechnology overlapping with current nano-meter VLSI technologies and then I will provide a top-notch education with rich laboratory/practical experience for our both undergraduate and graduate students.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?In general people at LSU are always ready to interact for cross-fertilization of ideas in both education and research. I like the diversity in student population and their eagerness to learn for a better and bright future.
What are your major accomplishments?The development of state-of-the-art advanced electronics laboratories for education and research at LSU; and, in research, clearly identifying one of the nano-structured materials for interconnects for sub-nm CMOS VLSI technologies, and the origination of phase noise in RF systems and its relation to device physics are among some of my recent accomplishments. Since joining LSU, I have graduated 36 students including four Ph.D. students in electrical engineering. I am glad to see that many of my graduate and undergraduate students are currently employed globally in major semiconductor companies and playing a leadership role. It has given me an immense pleasure and satisfaction to shine in the glory of those students. I truly believe that I have accomplished a lot since I joined LSU in 1990, and I hope to achieve a lot in years to come.