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Prof. Krishna Saraswat(1963-1968) honored with Prof. LKM Foundation Distinguished Alumnus Award 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011   (1 Comments)
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Prof. Krishna Saraswat honored with Prof. L K Maheshwari Foundation Distinguished Alumnus Award 2011

Prof. Krishna Saraswat (1963-1968), the Rickey Nielsen Professor in the School of Engineering & Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University has been honored with the Prof. L K Maheshwari Foundation Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2011. Prof. Krishna SaraswatProf. Saraswat received his B.E. degree in Electronics in 1968 from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1969 and 1974 respectively from Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Professor Saraswat stayed at Stanford as a researcher and was appointed Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1983. He serves on the leadership council of the MARCO/DARPA-funded Focus Center for Materials, Structures, and nano-Devices. He also has an honorary appointment of an Adjunct Professor at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India since January 2004 and a Visiting Professor during the summer of 2007 at IIT Bombay, India. Since 2011, Prof. Saraswat also serves on BITS Pilani's Alumni Advisory Council advising and providing consultative inputs to the Vice Chancellor and the BITS Leadership on issues such as: (1) Academic curriculum, (2) Practice School/WILP Program, (3) Research Directions, (4) Infrastructure modernization and provide an independent view of BITS's standing among Global Universities.

Professor Saraswat's research interests are in new and innovative materials, structures, and process technology of silicon, germanium and III-V devices and interconnects for VLSI and nanoelectronics. Special areas of his interest are: new device structures to continue scaling MOS transistors, DRAMs and flash memories to nanometer regime, 3-dimentional ICs with multiple layers of heterogeneous devices, ultrathin MOS gate dielectrics, and metal and optical interconnections.  Prof. Saraswat has graduated 70 doctoral students and has authored or co-authored over 620 technical papers, of which six have received Best Paper Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of both The Electrochemical Society and The Materials Research Society. He received the Thomas Callinan Award from The Electrochemical Society in 2000 for his contributions to the dielectric science and technology, the 2004 IEEE Andrew Grove Award for seminal contributions to silicon process technology, Inventor Recognition Award from MARCO/FCRP in 2007 and the Technovisionary Award from the India Semiconductor Association in 2007. He is listed by ISI as one of the 250 Highly Cited Authors in his field.  

The Prof. LK Maheshwari Foundation  has instituted "Professor L K Maheshwari Distinguished  Alumnus Award in EEE & Instrumentation" since 2010 to recognize and honor BITS Alumnus graduated from BITS, Pilani campus with a degree in the area of Electrical, Electronics or Instrumentation and has accomplished a good name at the National or International level towards contribution in the advancement in the field. This award provides an opportunity for the awardees to interact, motivate and show a pathway to young budding engineers and technologists pursuing degree programs in the area of EEE and Instrumentation from BITS Pilani.

More About Prof. L K Maheshwari Foundation - From L K Maheshwari

On the eve of his retirement as our Vice Chancellor, Prof. L K Maheshwari announced the creation of a Foundation to promote the cause of education and research in the field of Electronics and Instrumentation engineering and other allied areas. The goal of this foundation is to promote education and research in BITS, Pilani by awarding scholarships to students and faculty, arranging technical seminars and talks to promote the disciplines of EEE and Instrumentation on a regular basis and identify to award medals to meritorious students every year.

The trust is managed by a board of trustees who are primarily officers and Prof. V K Chaubeyalumni of BITS, Pilani. It is led by Prof. V K Chaubey, Head of the EE&I Department at BITS Pilani as its Secretary. In keeping with the great love and affection shown by BITSian's to LKM, the Foundation has received substantial alumni contribution. BITS Pilani Alumni Association (BITSAA) International has tied up with the Foundation to enable alumni in the US to contribute to the Foundation through it. If you would like to know more or contribute, please visit -

The Awards were conducted following a nomination process open to all alumni over a 6-month period. If you would like to nominate someone, for the next award - please visit:

More About Prof. Krishna Saraswat - From: Website
During 1969-70, he worked on microwave transistors at Texas Instruments. Returning to Stanford in 1971, he did his Ph.D. on high voltage MOS devices and circuits. After graduating he joined Stanford University as a Research Associate in 1975 and later became a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1983. For the next 15 years, Prof. Saraswat worked on modeling of CVD of silicon, conduction in polysilicon, diffusion in silicides, contact resistance, interconnect delay and 2-D oxidation effects in silicon. He pioneered the technologies for aluminum/titanium layered interconnects, CVD of tungsten silicide MOS gates, CVD tungsten MOS gates and tunable workfunction SiGe MOS gates. During the late 80's he became interested in the economics and technology of single wafer manufacturing. He developed equipment and simulators for single wafer thermal processing, deposition and etching and technology for the in-situ measurements and real-time control. Jointly with Texas Instruments a microfactory for single wafer manufacturing was demonstrated in 1993. Since the mid 90's Prof. Saraswat has been working on new materials, devices and interconnects for scaling MOS technology to sub-10 nm regime. He has pioneered several new concepts of 3-D ICs with multiple layers of heterogeneous devices. His group has recently demonstrated the first high performance germanium MOSFETs with high-k dielectrics and high efficiency optical detectors in germanium integrated on silicon. During 2000-2008 he also did research on Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing.

Prof. Saraswat has been active in BITSAA Silicon Valley mentoring its leadership. Prof. Saraswat was also highly supportive of the 1st BITSAA Global Meet (2011, New Delhi) conducted jointly by BITS Pilani, BITSAA International and BITSAA Delhi. Hear Prof. Saraswat encouraging alumni to come for the 1st Global Meet.

Hear Prof. Maheshwari's Farewell Adress to BITSian's


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