New Faculty Member, 2022–23
Fulton Professor of Microelectronics
Krishnendu Chakrabarty comes to Arizona State University with a decorated resume of awards for excellence in electrical engineering. Those awards include the Semiconductor Research Corporation’s Technical Excellence Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Humboldt Research Award, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitational Fellowship in the “Nobel Prize level” category and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Eta Kappa Nu Asad M. Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award.
Chakrabarty is particularly proud of his Semiconductor Research Corporation Aristotle Award, which recognizes his outstanding mentorship of graduate students.
“As a professor, my students are my biggest inspiration,” he says. “They keep me motivated and curious to learn new things.”
The new Fulton Professor of Microelectronics in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, comes from Duke University, where he served as the John Cocke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Chakrabarty looks forward to establishing a new center for semiconductor microelectronics research at ASU with other faculty.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to re-establish U.S. leadership in chip design and semiconductor manufacturing,” he says.
ASU’s relationship with key players in the semiconductor industry attracted Chakrabarty to the university. He praises ASU administration’s efforts to push semiconductor research and workforce development forward.
Chakrabarty will teach undergraduate classes in digital circuits and computer architecture and graduate classes in electronic design automation, hardware security and semiconductor design for testability. He says that students in his classes should prepare for an intensive learning experience involving mentorship from semiconductor industry leaders and research that pushes the boundaries of technology.
Chakrabarty was inspired to pursue a career in electronics research when he gained an interest in the field in his first year of college.
“I am fascinated by the impact of semiconductor technology on people’s lives and how we continue to break barriers in research and development,” he says.
Outside of his work in the semiconductor field, Chakrabarty enjoys learning about languages, literature and cultures from around the world, as well as gourmet cooking, travel, tennis, hiking and gardening with his family.
Written by TJ Triolo