Materials and Energy Category

Anantha Chandrakasan

Anantha P. Chandrakasan received the B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989, 1990, and 1994 respectively. Since September 1994, he has been with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, where he is currently the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering.

He was a co-recipient of several awards including the 1993 IEEE Communications Society's Best Tutorial Paper Award, the IEEE Electron Devices Society's 1997 Paul Rappaport Award for the Best Paper in an EDS publication during 1997, the1999 DAC Student Design Contest Award, the first place in the 2004 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Award (operational category), and the ISSCC 2007 Beatrice Winner Award for Editorial Excellence. He held the Analog Devices Career Development Chair from 1994 to 1997. He received the NSF Career Development award in 1995, the IBM Faculty Development award in 1995 and the National Semiconductor Faculty Development award in 1996 and 1997.

His research interests include micro-power digital and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, wireless microsensor system design, ultra-wideband radios, and emerging technologies. He is a co-author of Low Power Digital CMOS Design (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995), Digital Integrated Circuits (Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2003, 2nd edition), and Sub-threshold Design for Ultra-Low Power Systems (Springer 2006). He is also a co-editor of Low Power CMOS Design (IEEE Press, 1998), Design of High-Performance Microprocessor Circuits (IEEE Press, 2000), and Leakage in Nanometer CMOS Technologies (Springer, 2005).

He has served as a technical program co-chair for the 1997 International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED), VLSI Design '98, and the 1998 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems. He was the Signal Processing Sub-committee Chair for ISSCC 1999-2001, the Program Vice-Chair for ISSCC 2002, the Program Chair for ISSCC 2003, and the Technology Directions Sub-committee Chair for ISSCC 2004-2007. He is the Technology Directions Chair for ISSCC 2008. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits from 1998 to 2001. He served on SSCS AdCom from 2000 to 2007 and he was the meetings committee chair from 2004 to 2007. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is the Director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Labs.

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Dr. Bilal Zuberi

Dr. Bilal Zuberi is 31 years old, and hails from Pakistan. He is the co-founder and the Vice President of product development at GEO2 technologies which is commercializing technologies for the automobile industry. He has more than 30 patents and some pending applications in the fields of advanced high temperature ceramics, catalytic converters, microfiltration devices and automotive emissions control. Dr. Zuberi has a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster and a doctorate degree in physical chemistry from MIT. Dr. Zuberi has a number of awards to his name which he won while being a student at the College of Wooster and MIT. He is also a frequent writer to local newspapers and scientific forums on issues concerning environment and policy.

Dr. Zuberi has led the development of advanced ceramic composite materials for use as catalyst support substrates and particulate filters for automobiles. His specific contribution involves development of a new ceramic material for honeycomb substrates ‘for the next generation emission control and catalyst support applications’. He has also been instrumental in establishing the first science and technology research university in Pakistan at the Lahore University of Management and Sciences.

GEO2 Technologies’ (GEO2) has developed an advanced ceramic composite material for use as catalyst support substrates and particulate filters. Their material is extruded into high surface area honeycombs with multiple cell geometries and shapes. A combination of the GEO2 ceramic chemistries along with the extrusion process results in high performance honeycomb substrates. The advanced cellular ceramic substrates serve as catalyst supports and filters, primarily for applications in gasoline and diesel automobiles, motorcycles, heavy duty trucks, agricultural equipment, small engines, and in the specialty chemical/pharmaceutical industry. The GEO2 material is being introduced into these markets through licensing arrangements with existing substrate manufacturers, catalyst suppliers, and system integrators.

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