Alan Seabaugh
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Alan Seabaugh is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and Director of the SRC-STARnet Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST). He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1985. Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame he held research positions at the National Bureau of Standards (1979 to 1986), Texas Instruments (1986 to 1997), and Raytheon (1997 to 1999). He has authored or coauthored more than 300 papers and given 90 invited presentations at conferences and workshops; he has 22 U.S. patents and 10 foreign patents and is an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. He received teaching awards in 1990 from U.T. Dallas and 2001 from Notre Dame. He was elected Senior Fellow at Raytheon in 1999 and IEEE Fellow in 2003. He received the Int. Symp. on Comp. Semicon. Quantum Devices Award in 2011 for seminal contributions and leadership in semiconductor devices and circuits based on quantum mechanical tunneling. His current research interests are in nanoelectronic devices and circuits, III-V and graphene tunnel field-effect transistors, and Li-ion batteries.


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Group News

Notre Dame announced that the University will be part of a $194 million university research center network focused on next-generation microelectronics. Alan Seabaugh will lead the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology. The LEAST team, which includes 26 faculty researchers from ND and nine partner universities, will explore the physics of new materials and devices to enable more energy-efficient integrated circuits and systems. (Jan. 17, 2013) More

Soo Doo Chae has accepted a position with Tokyo Electron at the Albany NanoTech Complex. There, he will be a principal engineer responsible for gas cluster ion beam. (Oct. 2012)

Cuong Tran has accepted a position leading the Optoelectronic Department at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City. (July 2012)

Rui Li has accepted a job at Qualcomm, San Diego, as a staff hardware engineer. (June 2012)

Suong Do has been awarded a 2012 Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes. The fellowship will fund her project entitled The Influence of Nanofiller Shape and Chemical Identity on the conductivity and Thermal Properties of Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batteries. (April 2012)

Dean Schaetzl has been awarded a 2012 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship and will continue his work with the Seabaugh Group this summer on the TARDEC battery project. (March 2012)

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame and Pennsylvania State University have announced breakthroughs in the development of tunneling field effect transistors (TFETs), a semiconductor technology that takes advantage of the quirky behavior of electrons at the quantum level. more

Cuong Tran joins the Notre Dame faculty as a visiting research assistant professor. He is working as part of the MIND team on the synthesis of atom-thick materials for high performance transistors. Most recently, he was a research professor with the School of Chemical Engineering and Bio-engineering at the University of Ulsan, Republic of Korea. He earned his master's degree and PhD from Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea. (Feb. 2012)

Qingmin Liu has relocated to the St. Louis area to accept a position with MEMC Electronic Materials. (Oct. 2011)

As part of the IBM Summer Intern Program, MIND graduate students Guangle Zhou, Edit Varga, and Kristof Tahy spent July and August at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland. Guangle and Kristof worked with Dr. Heike Reil and the nanowire TFET group, while Edit was part of the nanomagnet team led by Dr. Rolf Allenspach. Read more about their experience.

EE students Barnali Dey and Irere Kwihangana join the Seabaugh group this summer. Barnali is part of the TARDEC battery research team, and Irere will work on TFET characterization for the MIND program. (May 2011)

As recipients of a 2011 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Suong Do (Saint Mary's College) and Dean Schaetzl (Purdue College of Technology) will work with the Seabaugh group this summer, focusing on the TARDEC battery program. (May 2011)

Tim Vasen passed his oral candidacy exam. His research focuses on the "Experimental Investigation of III-V Tunneling Field-Effect Transistors and Their Performance." (April 2011)

Alan Seabaugh has been named the recipient of the 2011 Quantum Devices Award by the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors. (April 2011) more >

Soo Doo Chae joins the Seabaugh group as a research associate with MIND. He comes to Notre Dame from Samsung in Korea, where he has more than 10 years' experience in the fabrication and characterization of nanoscale tunneling devices for flash memory products. (Mar. 2011)

Suong Do from Saint Mary's College and Melissa Cunningham from Marian High School are working with the Seabaugh group to assist with research on the TARDEC program. (Dec. 2010)

Alan Seabaugh is among a group of researchers at Notre Dame awarded a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The work focuses on the development of next-generation batteries. (Dec. 2010) more >

Prof. Seabaugh has been appointed to the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. (Nov. 2010) more >

Shahriar Rahman is now working with the reliability group at Intel in Hillsboro, Ore. (Oct. 2010)

Rui Li comes to Notre Dame as a postdoc with MIND. He was previously a senior flash memory circuit designer with Silicon Storage Technology Inc. in Shanghai, China. Rui received the Ph.D. degree in microelectronics and solid electronics from the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008. (Aug. 2010)

Wan Sik Hwang joins the Seabaugh group as a visiting research assistant professor with MIND. He received the Ph.D. degree from National University of Singapore and was most recently a senior engineer with Samsung in Korea. (Aug. 2010)

Buchanan Bourdon

Buchanan is a rising sophomore at the University of Notre Dame and is a recipient of the 2013 NDnanoUndergraduate Research Fellowship. He is researching the development of low-voltage nanoionic memory devices using two-dimensional materials such as graphene and molybdenum disulphide. Buchanan plans to major in computer engineering and hopes to one day achieve his Ph.D. in computer engineering as well. His other interests include golf, physics, and competitive bass fishing.


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Sara Fathipour

Sara received her B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from University of Tehran, Iran in 2012. She is now the PhD student in the department of electrical engineering at University of Notre Dame. She is very much interested in nanoelectronics, tunneling transistors, III-V and graphene based devices and energy harvesting devices.

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Jung Whan (Stephen) Kim

Stephen is a junior majoring in electrical engineering at Notre Dame and a recipient of the 2013 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF). He will join the summer research project offered by MEMC Electronic Materials and Notre Dame. He was a member of the high performance solar cell fabrication NURF project with Prof. Fay in summer 2012. His other interests include tennis, soccer, and football.

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Hao Lu

Hao received her bachelor's degree in microelectronics from Peking University in 2011. She is now a graduate student in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests are the development and architecture of Li-ion graphene flash memory, and modeling of steep-slope devices. She also enjoys yoga, cooking, and traveling in her free time.

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Sushant Sabnis

Sushant is currently a graduate student in the area of electronic materials and devices in the department of electrical engineering. In 2011, he received his bachelor's degree in applied physics with a minor in applied math from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, New York City. His current research interests include nanoionic memory, energy harvesting, graphene devices, and tunneling devices.

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Joshua Vahala

Joshua, a rising junior at Notre Dame, is a recipient of the NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship and is currently researching conductive
properties of graphene edges with relation to lithium ion transport in solid polymers. Joshua plans to major in electrical engineering with a concentration in semiconductors and nanotechnology, all with the purpose of one day making something useful. His other interests include tennis, food, and Rube Goldberg machines.

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Tim Vasen

Originally from Montgomery, Ill., Tim received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, Indiana) in 2007. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Tim's research interests are semiconductor devices and noise in such devices. He is a recipient of the 2009 and 2010 IBM PhD Fellowship.

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Shudong Xiao

Shudong Xiao is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST) at Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland, where he worked on electronic properties of graphene. His research interests include heterostructures of stacked two-dimensional crystals and vertical tunneling devices.

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Justin Yoder

Justin is a junior majoring in electrical engineering at Notre Dame, pursuing a concentration in semiconductors and nanotechnology. He is currently doing research in new materials for the next generation of transistors, such as molybdenum disulfide and tungsten diselenide. The ultimate goal is to design new transistors that are smaller, faster, and use less power. Justin is originally from Middlebury, Ind., and enjoys playing many different sports in his free time.


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Research collaborations

Suman Datta (Penn State)

Patrick Fay (Notre Dame)

Susan Fullerton (Notre Dame)

Debdeep Jena (Notre Dame)

Gerhard Klimeck (Purdue)

Theresa Mayer (Penn State)

Maja Remskar (Jožef Stefan Institute)

Robert Wallace (University of Texas at Dallas)

Mark Wistey (Notre Dame)

Huili Grace Xing (Notre Dame)


Seabaugh Group Alumni

Group photo summer 2011