nanoHUB - Educational Tour de Force

By David K. Ferry

Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

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nanoHUB was originally created to bring together the computational electronics world as a place where programs and results could be efficiently shared. For that purpose, it has matured and grown to where it is a major force in the area. But, it can also be a great tool for education, an application for which we have several years of experience. Originally, we used the tools on nanoHUB as a virtual laboratory for a junior level course in electronic materials and devices. For this, 12 of the tools were used during the semester, an approach which the students seemed to enjoy. Since then, however, I have used these tools for several other courses as a tool to help the students gain insight and intuition into the science of the courses. These have included a senior semiconductor device course, a senior quantum mechanics course, and a graduate course in mesoscopic physics. These applications will be discussed in the talk.


David Ferry is Regents’ Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. He is also graduate faculty in the Department of Physics and the Materials Science and Engineering program at ASU, as well as Visiting Professor at Chiba University in Japan. He came to ASU in 1983 following shorter stints at Texas Tech University, the Office of Naval Research, and Colorado State University. In the distant past, he received his doctorate from the University of Texas, Austin, and spent a postdoctoral period at the University of Vienna, Austria. He enjoys teaching (which he refers to as “warping young minds”) and research. The latter is focused on semiconductors, particularly as they apply to nanotechnology and integrated circuits, as well as quantum effects in devices. In 1999, he received the Cledo Brunetti Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a Fellow of this group as well as the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics (UK). He is the author, coauthor, or editor of 20 books and more than 700 refereed journal articles. He has been a Tennessee Squire since 1971 and an Admiral in the Texas Navy since 1973.

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