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Integration of Nano Scale Electronic Devices into Undergraduate Electrical Engineering Curricula

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Innovative Instructional Strategies and Curricula in ECE I

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Electrical and Computer

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22.928.1 - 22.928.9



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Hasina Huq University of Texas, Pan American

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Dr. Hasina F. Huq is an assistant professor at the University of Texas, Pan American, TX, USA. Her research interests include electronics device characterization, VLSI system design, and wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor. She received her M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, in 2002 and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2006.

Dr. Huq has more than twenty papers published in peer reviewed international/national conferences and journals. She is a member of IEEE, IEEE Education Society and IEEE Power & Energy Society. Currently, Dr. Huq teaches Electronics, VLSI System Design, Advanced Solid State Device courses.

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Integration of Nano Scale Electronics Devices into Undergraduate Course CurriculaAbstractAs deep-sub-micron and beyond technology emerges; integration of nano scale devices intoundergraduate curricula becomes more important than ever [1, 2]. This paper addresses issuesrelated to increasing impact of the nano electronics on undergraduate education in electrical andcomputer engineering courses. The purpose of the research is to present the class behavior,lessons learned, possible challenges and recommendations that may be used to promotesimulation based learning and also the use of nano scale devices in electrical and computerengineering courses. The integration of simulation based learning (using simulation toolsavailable at helps the students to understand the nano devices concept. There is astrong need for well-educated nano electronics device design engineers and therefore,undergraduate-level training efforts are essential to meet future challenges related tonanotechnology [3, 4]. So the paper proposes a suitable educational topic for undergraduateVLSI course in electrical and computer engineering program. The assessment results not onlyshow that learning indeed occurs during lab sessions, but almost equally as much (45%) as inlectures (55%). Also, it is observed that even students, who have no prior experience in nanoscale devices, benefit from simulation tools available in and incorporate theconcept of nano scale devices in VLSI curriculum.Each student team develops a nanoscale MOSFET structure and simulates them for their I-Vcharacteristics. The critical parameters are doping concentration, materials properties, oxidethickness and aspect ratios (W/L). Then they compared and analyzed their results with microlevel devices. Thus, the students not only understand design issues at the nano scale level, butalso experience the impact of design decisions at the device levels. Introduction of nano devicesin VLSI curricula also help the students learn nano technology.References 1. M. Usman, H. Ryu, I. Woo, D. Ebert, G.Klimeck, IEEE"Moving towards nano-TCAD through multi-million atom quantum dot simulations matching experimental data", IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 8, Issue 3, pg. 330-344 (2009) 2. G. Klimeck, M. McLennan, S. B. Brophy, G. B. Adams III, M. S. Lundstrom, " Advancing Education and Research in Nanotechnology", IEEE Computers in Engineering and Science (CISE), Vol. 10, pg. 17-23 (2008) 3. M. Choi, Hardy J. Pottinger, N. Park Y. B. Kim, ‘Need for Undergrdautate and Graduate Education in testing of microelectronics Circuits ans System Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Systems Education (MSE’03)0-7695- 1973-3/03 4. B. P. Haley, G. Klimeck, M. Luisier, D. Vasileska, A. Paul, S. Shivarajapura, D. L. Beaudoin, "Computational nanoelectronics research and education at", Journal of Computational Electronics, online July 2009, DOI 10.1007/s10825-009-02733.

Huq, H. (2011, June), Integration of Nano Scale Electronic Devices into Undergraduate Electrical Engineering Curricula Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18271

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