New Faculty Member, 2022–23
Associate Professor, Electrical engineering
In Umberto Celano’s line of work as an electrical engineer, he particularly enjoys conducting research on materials analysis, device physics and instrumentation development for nanoscale sensing. Early in his research career, Celano discovered an interest in advanced materials characterization — the study of correlating materials properties with device performance and reliability by using different experimental physical methods.
“This field grows along with the complexity of the new device architectures that are continuously introduced,” Celano says. “Therefore, you never get bored, and it is easy to stay interested as you explore new solutions to access materials properties and nanoscale physics that enable advanced chip technology.”
He will continue research in his field as an associate professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Celano comes to ASU in the spring of 2023 from his positions as a principal member of the technical staff at Belgium’s nanoelectronics research hub imec and part-time faculty member at the Netherlands’ University of Twente.
Celano applied to join the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering faculty after he heard about the Fulton Schools’ prestigious reputation and Arizona’s growing semiconductor industry.
In his new role, Celano looks forward to exploring partnerships between his research at ASU and locally based semiconductor companies. He hopes that through such partnerships, his research can help advance the field of computer chip manufacturing and materials metrology.
Celano says his students at ASU should have a deep curiosity for physics and technology and be driven to learn more about the field.
“I believe this makes it easier for both sides, my teaching and the students’ learning,” he says.
In his outgoing role as a student mentor in Belgium and the Netherlands, Celano takes pride in having inspired many students to begin research careers. He says that more than two thirds of his students have gone into research roles.
When not working, Celano has a multitude of hobbies he enjoys, including playing music, sailing, fishing and kitesurfing.
Written by TJ Triolo