On May 9, 2017 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, the NEEDS team hosted a forum on graduate education in electronic materials, devices, and systems. In addition to Purdue faculty and students, partners from Berkeley, MIT, and Stanford also participated. The specific topic for discussion was how graduate and continuing education should be re-shaped for a new era of electronics.
|Professor M. A. Alam||Purdue University||remarks|
Today, almost every company is an “electronic company”. This session provided perspectives on 21st century electronics from a broad set of companies. In addition to discussing R&D, presenters also discussed the skills and knowledge students need to be successful in new era electronics and the challenges that working engineers face in this rapidly changing environment.
The session consisted of short talks from several different companies followed by a discussion with the audience.
|Dr. Srikanth Krishnan||Texas Instruments||remarks|
|Dr. Geoffrey Coram||Analog Devices, Inc.||remarks|
|Dr. Colin McAndrew||NXP/Qualcomm||remarks|
|Dr. Mark Stettler||Intel||remarks|
|Dr. David Yeh||Semiconductor Research Corporation||remarks|
|Dr. Arun Malhotra||Western Digital||remarks
|Dr. Julio Costa||Qorvo||remarks|
In addition to the above speakers, we were also fortunate to have Dr. Lee Smith of Synopsys, Greg Atwood of Micron Technologies, and Dr. Reza Shahed of Sandia National Laboratories participate in the discussions.
In this session, we heard from graduate students who provided their perspectives on the results of a recent survey of current and former NEEDS students, colleagues in industry, and faculty. A panel of students presented their views on the graduate curriculum, the graduate research experience, the value of non-technical courses, the most interesting career opportunities that students see, as well as their reaction to what they heard in the Perspectives from Industry session.
This forum is designed to provide input from students and industry as our graduate programs evolve. The faculty’s questions include:
Reflecting on the discussions, a brief summary with key conclusions and next steps was written, circulated for discussion, and is available here.
This forum was the first step in an on-going discussion. Those interested in participating in the discussion and being involved in the next steps should contact Professor Mark Lundstrom (lundstro at purdue dot edu).