ASCENT Theme 4 PI, Asif Khan, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech has been named as one of the 10 awardees of the Intel Rising Star Faculty Award for 2020. This award helps promote the careers of early-career faculty members who show great promise as future academic leaders in disruptive computing technologies and to foster long-term collaborative relationships with Intel. The award is given based on progressive research in computer science, engineering, and social science in support of the global digital transition in the following areas: software, security, interconnect, memory, architecture, and process.
Khan’s research conceptualizes and fabricates solid state electronic devices that leverage novel physical phenomena and emerging materials (such as ferroelectrics, antiferroelectrics, and strongly correlated quantum materials). These devices play a key role in shaping the future of non-von Neumann computing devices and have the potential to overcome what are perceived as the fundamental limits in computation. His work led to an innovative experimental proof-of-concept demonstration of the negative capacitance — a novel physical phenomenon that can lead to ultra-low power computing and memory platforms by overcoming the fundamental Boltzmann limit of 60 mV/decade subthreshold swing in field-effect transistors.