Edwin Chihchuan Kan
Professor Edwin Kan received his B.S. in 1984 from the National Taiwan University. He received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. He was a Senior CAD Engineer at Dawn Technology from 1992-1994. From 1994-1997 he was a Research Associate at Stanford University. He joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering at Cornell in 1997 as an assistant professor. Professor Kan is now a full professor.
- Nanoscale CMOS systems: Device and interconnect scaling to the 10nm technology. New structures and materials for logic and memory devices. New low-voltage and low-power circuits to support further technology scaling and new system functions.
- CMOS molecular interface biosensors: Integrated chemical, molecular and biological sensors and actuators based on charge-controlled surface electrochemistry. Functional specificity towards ion, molecules (DNA, mRNA, proteins and vesicles), action potential, pressure, impedance and morphology such as cell metastasis, and molecular folding.
- RFID and UWB wireless links: mixed-signal waveform shaping by nonlinear transmission lines and active devices, ultra-low power oscillator-free millimeter-sized radio link, and harmonic backscattering for indoor locating.
- Technology CAD for VLSI design: Device and process simulation, SPICE compact models, numerical methods and software engineering. Construction of model hierarchy for better analysis and synthesis of the complex design.
- Si and C based nanostructure integration: Integrated nanotube/graphene devices for low-power and high speed applications
His course in Spring 2010 is a pioneering graduate course on semiconductor memories, spanning from conventional to newly proposed. He is now teaching the senior level Digital Circuit Design in Spring 2011.
Prof. Kan serves as the ECE Director of Graduate Studies from 2010 to present.
- 2012. "A Low-power UWB-IR Transmitter by Tapered Nonlinear Transmission Lines." IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letter . .
- 2012. "Switching Dynamics in Ferroelectric-charge Hybrid Nonvolatile Memory." Paper presented at Device Research Conference, University Park, PA, June 18. .
- 2012. "Transverse-field Bandgap Modulation on Graphene Nanoribbon Transistors by Double-self-aligned Spacers." Paper presented at Device Research Conference, University Park, PA, June 18. .
- 2012. "Flash Memory for Ubiquitous Hardware Security Functions: True Random Generation and Device Fingerprints." Paper presented at IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, San Francisco, CA, May 20. .
- 2012. "Redox Molecules for Resonant Tunneling Barrier in Nonvolatile Memory." IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 59 (4): 1189 - 1198. .
Selected Awards and Honors
- Cornell Inventor Award (Cornell University) 2006
- Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell College of Engineering) 2003
- Cornell Inventor Award (Cornell University) 2003
- Best Chapter Chair Award (IEEE) 2002
- PECASE (Presidential Early-Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) Award (US Government) 2000
- BS (Electrical Engineering), National Taiwan University, 1984
- MS (ELectrical and Computer Engineering), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988
- Ph D (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991