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Seabaugh Named Freimann Professor

Nina Welding • DATE: July 16, 2015

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Alan C. Seabaugh has been named the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering. The Freimann professorship holds the distinction of being Notre Dame’s first endowed chair. It was established through a gift of the Freimann Charitable Trust, made in honor of Frank M. Freimann, a pioneer of the electronics industry and former chief executive officer of Magnavox.

Seabaugh will continue his duties as director of the SRC-STARnet Center for Low Energy Systems Technology at the University, where he and his team are developing energy-efficient transistors to dramatically-reduced the power requirements of electronic systems.

His current research interests are in nanoscale solid-state electron devices, technology for circuit fabrication, and circuits. He has had a long interest in the application of quantum mechanical tunneling in devices and more recent interests in devices incorporating ions to merge memory and logic functions.

Prior to joining the University in 1999, Seabaugh served as a senior fellow at Raytheon Systems Company, a distinguished member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments, and an electronics engineer at the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology).

He has authored and coauthored more than 300 papers, holds 23 U.S. patents and 10 foreign patents, and served as editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the American Physical Society. This year he coauthored a chapter on the physics and applications of tunnel transistors, which appeared in the book CMOS and Beyond: Logic Switches for Terascale Integrated Circuits, published by the Cambridge University Press.

Seabaugh received the Quantum Devices Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors in 2011, the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University in 2001, the DARPA Outstanding Performance by a Project Manager and Sustained Superior Performance awards in 1998 and 1997 respectively, and the Texas Instrument Achievement Award, for demonstration of the world’s first room temperature resonant tunneling integrated circuit, in 1992.

He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.

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