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    Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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    Shaikh Shahid Ahmed received the B.S. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, Tempe, in 2003 and 2005, respectively. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Computational Nanoelectronics (NCN), Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. In Fall 2007, Shaikh Ahmed joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC), Illinois, USA as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to the position of Associate Professor in July 2010.

    His research focuses mainly in the field of computational nanoelectronics and involves high-performance (petascale) atomistic and quantum-mechanical modeling of electronic structure and transport in nanostructures including novel transistors, graphene structures and semiconductor nanowires, quantum dots and nanocrystals, nanoscale thermoelectric and piezoelectric energy-harvesting devices, solid-state lighting sources and their reliability, and nanoelectronic devices for applications in harsh environments. The goal is three-fold: (1) To better understand the underlying physical processes; (2) Explore and exploit nanoscale degrees-of-freedom and new device design space for performance optimization; and (3) Create cyber-enabled community nanoelectronics simulation tools/software that can be used by other researchers, educators, and students. Shaikh Ahmed has authored/co-authored 10 nanoelectronics software tools that are freely available on NSF’s As of January 2011, these simulators have served 7,592 individual users around the world running over 285,669 simulations ( with 230 citations.

    Shaikh Ahmed is the recipient of 2009’s Oak Ridge National Lab’s High-Performance Computing Award. He is also the Principal Investigator of the NSF funded Southern Illinois High Performance Computing Research Infrastructure (SIHPCI). The goal of this project is to expand the scope and quality of research and education at SIUC in the areas of Computational Science and Engineering. Also, with his colleagues at SIUC, Shaikh Ahmed is currently spearheading “Partnership for Improved Achievement in Science through Computational Science”, an ISBE funded initiative to train K-12 teachers on computer simulations and visualization tools to develop reasoning about abstract scientific concepts and phenomena, access cutting-edge scientific research, and engage in authentic practices of science. Shaikh Ahmed has published over 50 papers in refereed journals and proceedings, authored three book chapters, and delivered more than 40 talks. He is a member of the IEEE, the American Physical Society (APS), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

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    US, a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.