Plenary Speakers

David DiVincenzo

David DiVincenzo is a Professor at the Institute for Quantum Information at RWTH Aachen University and the Director of the Institute of Theoretical Nanoelectronics at the Peter Grünberg Institute in Jülich. With Daniel Loss he proposed the Loss-DiVincenzo quantum computer in 1997 which uses electron spins in quantum dots as qubits.

Prof. DiVincenzo received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. Befor joining RWTH Aachen in 2011, he was a Research Staff Member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center from 1985 to 2011 and prior to that a postdoc at Cornell University from 1983 to 1985.

Prof. DiVincenzo is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Associate Editor of the Reviews of Modern Physics.

Joe Macri

Joe Macri is Corporate Vice President, Product Chief Technology officer and Corporate Fellow of AMD. He is a 28-year veteran of the computer industry and has held various positions at Digital Equipment Corp, ArtX, ATI and AMD.

His areas of expertise span circuit design, semiconductor processes, CPU, memory and graphics architecture. Macri holds a BS in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has over 25 Patents issued or pending.

Joe Macri is also Chairman of Jedec JC42.3 Dram Committee, Vice Chair at Large of Jedec Board of Directors and sits on the GenZ Board of Directors.

John Pellerin

Dr. John Pellerin is Deputy CTO and Vice President of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Worldwide Research and Development. He is responsible for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ semiconductor technology R&D roadmap, operations, and development program execution in support of the CTO.

From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Pellerin was Vice President of Technology Development and Yield Engineering for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Fab8 facility in Malta, NY. Before joining Fab8, he led GLOBALFOUNDRIES joint technology development team in the alliance relationship with IBM Microelectronics in East Fishkill, NY.

Prior to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Dr. Pellerin has held several technology development, technology transfer and manufacturing leadership roles with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Austin, TX, and Sunnyvale, CA with international assignments in Taiwan and Germany.

Dr. Pellerin earned his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. degree from North Carolina State University and a B.S. degree from the University of Florida.

Thomas Piliszczuk

Thomas Piliszczuk joined Soitec in 2009 as senior vice president of marketing, business development and global sales. He is managing a large international team to support Soitec business at the worlwide level.

Prior to Soitec, Piliszczuk was with KLA-Tencor, where he held various senior management positions related to business strategies and alliances with largest semiconductor companies worldwide. During his tenure there, Piliszczuk had responsibility of European operations. Earlier in his carrier, he worked at Sematech managing advanced lithography projects.

Piliszczuk received his Ph.D degree from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heildelberg in Germany, an electrical engineering degree from the Gdansk Polytechnic University in Poland and business degree from Stanford University.

Jan M. Rabaey

Jan holds the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a founding director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) and the Berkeley Ubiquitous SwarmLab, and has been the the Electrical Engineering Division Chair at Berkeley twice.

Prof. Rabaey has made high-impact contributions to a number of fields, including advanced wireless systems, low power integrated circuits, sensor networks, and ubiquitous computing. His current interests include the conception of the next-generation integrated wireless systems over a broad range of applications, as well as exploring the interaction between the cyber and the biological world.

He is the recipient of major awards, amongst which the IEEE Mac Van Valkenburg Award, the European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement award, and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium, and has received honoray doctorates from Lund (Sweden), Antwerp (Belgium) and Tampere (Finland). He has been involved in a broad variety of start-up ventures.

Gurtej Sandhu

Gurtej Sandhu is Senior Fellow and Director at Micron Technology. In his current role, he is responsible for Micron’s end-to-end (Si-to-Package) R&D technology roadmaps. The scope includes driving cross-functional alignment across various departments, managing engineering groups to resource and execute on critical technology projects, as well as managing interactions with research partners and consortia around the world.

At Micron, Dr. Sandhu has held a number of engineering and management roles and has been actively involved with a broad range of process technologies for IC processing. He has also pioneered a number of process technologies currently employed in mainstream semiconductor chip manufacturing.

Dr. Sandhu received a degree in electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and a Ph.D. in physics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1990.

He holds several hundred U.S. patents and is an IEEE Fellow.