ECE News Spring 2012:
Avik Ghosh Receives IBM Award and is Elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics
Associate Professor Avik Ghosh received an
IBM Faculty Award and election as a Fellow
to the Institute of Physics.
IBM Awards is a competitive worldwide
program established to foster collaborations
between researchers at leading universities
and those in IBM research and to promote
coursework and innovations in disciplines
strategic to IBM.
Ghosh received the award for his research
in multiferroics, a composite material that
generates a stress and the ability to rotate
a magnet when a small electric voltage is
applied. Researchers believe such a rotation
can be used to perform nanomagnet-based
logic operations at lower energy costs than
with silicon-based electronics.
“This research is of great interest to
companies like IBM, as the energy costs
of continuing to make electronic devices
smaller and faster is becoming prohibitive,”
said Ghosh. He and his collaborators also
won a competitive $2 million grant from
the National Science Foundation and
the Nanoelectronic Research Initiative, a
partnership between the federal government
and the semiconductor industry, in support of
Ghosh is honored by his nomination to the Institute of Physics, an organization that works to advance physics research, application and education.