Patrick Fay named Stinson Professor of Nanotechnology

Prof. Patrick Fay

Patrick Fay, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded an endowed professorship. He was named Notre Dame’s Stinson Professor of Nanotechnology, effective September 1, 2022.

“Appointment to an endowed chair is one of the highest honors in the University, signifying distinguished achievement in one’s field,” said Patricia J. Culligan, the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering.

“Professor Fay is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of semiconductor devices and high-frequency circuits, securing multiple patents for his innovative work,” Culligan said. “He’s also an exceptional research mentor and teacher.”

Fay’s research interests include the design, fabrication and characterization of microwave and millimeter-wave electronic devices and circuits, high-efficiency power electronic devices, advanced packaging technologies for microwave and millimeter-wave devices, and high-speed optoelectronic devices and optoelectronic integrated circuits for fiber optic telecommunications.

In 1998 and 2018, he was awarded the Department of Electrical Engineering’s Outstanding Teacher Award. He won the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2015.

Since 2003, he has served as director of the Notre Dame Nanofabrication Facility, which provides equipment for designing and manufacturing integrated circuits and devices. He serves as faculty advisor for the High Speed Circuits and Devices group.

Fay is a fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer. He has published 11 book chapters and more than 400 articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He holds seven patents. 

After completing his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame, Fay received a master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1997.

— Karla Cruise, College of Engineering