Electronics from the Bottom Up: Summer School 2012

Date and Location

July 18-22, 2011
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
Co-sponsored by the Network for Computational Nanotechnology and by the Intel Foundation

Registration Information

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Summer School Details

NCN’s Electronics from the Bottom Up (EBU) is an innovative educational initiative cosponsored by Intel, NCN, and Purdue University – to introduce students to new ways of thinking about electronic devices. New concepts and approaches, emerging from current research on nanoscience, are applied to non-equilibrium problems like nanoscale transistors, energy conversion devices, and bio-sensors. Lectures are designed to be broadly accessible to students with a BS in engineering, physics, and chemistry. The goal is to provide students with a deeper understanding of how structures at the atomistic and nanoscale affect performance at the micro and macroscopic scales. EBU shows students how a broad understanding of fundamental concepts helps them understand cutting edge research in nanoscience and technology.

This program is suitable for graduate students, faculty, and industry professionals working on electronic materials and devices. The Summer School will be an intensive and collaborative experience. Attendance is limited to fifty participants.

The 2011 Summer School will feature lectures by Prof. Mark Lundstrom on the topic: “Near Equilibrium Transport” and lectures by Profs. Ashraf Alam, Jeff Gray, and Mark Lundstrom on “Solar Cell Fundamentals.” Additional tutorials on selected topics in nanotechnology will be presented by Purdue Faculty, Profs. Timothy S. Fisher, Alejandro Strachan, and Supriyo Datta.

Our selected topics in nanotechnology will include transport across interfaces, introduction to molecular dynamics, introduction to ab initio simulation, and spin transport and topological insulators.

The format will consist of:
See full [Summer School Schedule]

  • Ten lectures: Near-Equilibrium Transport, by Mark Lundstrom
  • Five lectures: Solar Cell Fundamentals, by Ashraf Alam, Jeff Gray, and Mark Lundstrom
  • Five Tutorials: by Timothy J. Fisher, Alejandro Strachan, and Supriyo Datta

Participants who complete the series of lectures and exercises will be awarded a certificate of completion.


A limited number of scholarships are available. See [registration page] for details.


Ashraf Alam is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He has made many contributions to reliability physics of electronic devices and recently his research focus has broadened to include flexible thin film transistors, nanobiosensors, and polymer based organic solar cells. Alam looks for system-level technological bottlenecks as new research topics and try to identify those problems whose solutions will illuminate the deeper physical principles involved and establish the limits of the technology for the particular system-level applications.

Supriyo Datta is the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and has received IEEE Technical Field Awards for both research and graduate teaching. His unique approach to the problem of quan- tum transport combining the non-equlibrium Green function (NEGF) formalism of many-body physics with the Landauer formalism from mesoscopic physics has been widely adopted in the field of nanoelectronics.

Timothy S. Fisher is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. In 2008 he was a Visiting Professor at the JNCASR, Bangalore, and is now an Adjunct Professor at JNCASR. This year he is a Research Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s newly formed Thermal Sciences and Materials Branch of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.

Jeff Gray is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and also serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focuses on the modeling and simulation of photovoltaic devices and systems.

Mark Lundstrom is the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. His research uses theory, modeling, and computer simulation to explore the physics and ultimate limits of electronic devices. Lundstrom is known for his pioneering studies of carrier transport in nanoscale transistors.

Alejandro Strachan is an Associate Professor of Materials Engineering at Purdue University. Before joining Purdue, he was a Staff Member in the Theoretical Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory and worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Scientist at Caltech. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1999. Prof. Strachan’s research focuses on the development of predictive atomistic and molecular simulation methodologies to describe materials from first principles, their application to problems of technological importance and quantification of associated uncertainties.


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“Electronics from the Bottom Up” is an educational initiative designed to bring a new perspective to the field of nano device engineering. It is co-sponsored by the Intel Foundation and the Network for Computational Nanotechnology.

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