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  • Organization
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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    Shaikh S. Ahmed
    1230 Lincoln Dr.
    MC 6603
    Carbondale Illinois, 62901

  • Biography

    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 the Nanostructures Research Group at 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) Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. In Fall 2007, Shaikh Ahmed joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2010.

    Research activities in Ahmed’s group focus mainly in the field of computational nanoelectronics and involves multiscale modeling of electronic structure and transport in nanostructures including novel transistors, quantum dots and nanocrystals, semiconducting 2-D structures and nanowires, solid-state lighting sources and their reliability, nanoscale thermoelectric and piezoelectric energy-harvesting devices, and nanoelectronic devices for applications in harsh environments. The goal is three-fold: (1) Understand the fundamental physical processes; (2) Explore and exploit nanoscale degrees-of-freedom for the purpose of device performance and reliability optimization; and (3) Create cyber-enabled community nanoelectronics simulation tools/software that can be used by other researchers, educators, and students. Research and computational efforts in Ahmed’s group make extensive use of advanced algorithms and state-of-the-art high-performance cluster and CPU/GPGPU distributed computing platforms.

    Shaikh Ahmed is the recipient of 2009 Oak Ridge National Lab High-Performance Computing Award and his group has successfully scaled their scientific software on more than 130,000 cores in then Jaguar XT5 fastest supercomputing platform in the world. Ahmed has authored/co-authored 11 nanoelectronics software tools (nanoFET, CNTFET, QuaMC 2D, Schred, nanoMOS, FETtoy, MOSFET, MOScap, QPC, MCbulk, and nanoSSL), access to which are freely available on NSF’s As of September 1, 2014, these software tools have served over 11,100 individual users worldwide, running more than 530,000 simulations. Shaikh Ahmed is the Principal Investigator of the NSF funded Southern Illinois High Performance Computing Research Infrastructure (SIHPCI). Shaikh Ahmed is the recipient of 2013 Dean Juh Wah Chen Outstanding Faculty Award from SIU College of Engineering. He has published over 60 papers in refereed journals and proceedings, authored six book chapters, and delivered more than 70 talks. He is a senior member of the IEEE and member of the American Physical Society.

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