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Gary Bernstein

Gary H Bernstein

Frank M. Freimann Chair Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Frank M. Freimann Chair Professor
College of Engineering


Phone: 574-631-6269

Office: 225 Cushing Hall


Ph.D, Arizona State University, 1987

M.S., EE Purdue University, 1981

B.S., EE University of Connecticut, 1979


Gary H. Bernstein received the BSEE from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, with honors in 1979 and the MSEE from Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Indiana in 1981. During the summers of 1979 and '80, he was a graduate assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in the summer of 1983 interned at the Motorola Semiconductor Research and Development Laboratory, Phoenix, Arizona. He received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University, Tempe, in 1987, after which he spent a year there as a postdoctoral fellow. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1988 as an assistant professor, and was the founding Director of the Notre Dame Nanoelectronics Facility from 1989 to 1998. Dr. Bernstein received an NSF White House Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1992, was promoted to rank of Professor in 1998, and served as the Associate Chairman of his Department from 1999 to 2006. Dr. Bernstein has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications in the areas of electron beam lithography, quantum electronics, high-speed integrated circuits, electromigration, MEMS, nanomagnetics and electronics packaging. Bernstein has acted as research advisor for 13 MSEE degrees and 12 Ph.Ds. Bernstein was named a Fellow of the IEEE in 2006, and with his former student, Jie Wu, received the Sensors and Transducers Journal Best Paper of the Year Award for 2006. Additionally, Bernstein and co-workers received the IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging best paper of the year award for 2007. Bernstein has been very active in teaching activities at all levels. Bernstein has developed or co-developed 10 new courses at Notre Dame, including the first integrated circuits processing laboratory, as well as the Frontiers in Microelectronics course, both supported by NSF funding. Bernstein has directed more than 50 undergraduate research projects, helping many students prepare for careers in research laboratories, industrial settings and universities, and was recognized for his curricular contributions by the 2001 Notre Dame Kaneb Teaching Award. Bernstein has been central to the development of the First Year Engineering course through the creation of a module on information and nanotechnologies, has supervised several Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), and coached a Lego Robotics team for two years. Bernstein volunteers his time to teach undergraduates the use of scanning electron microscopes (SEM) for self-directed, curiosity-driven research, including the installation of an SEM in the ND Engineering Learning Center. Also under Bernstein's supervision, this instrument is now being used for RET instruction by the College of Science. Bernstein is married with three sons, the oldest of whom will attend Notre Dame in the Fall of 2009. Bernstein has many hobbies, including classical clarinet playing, golfing, and wristwatch collecting and repairing.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Research Interests: Nanostructure fabrication, electron beam lithography, microfluidics systems.

Courses: Semiconductors I: Fund., Semiconductors I: Fund.Rec., Semiconductors I: Fund.Rec.


EnginEEring starts with EE

April 13, 2019

Our society is exposed to and benefits from electrical engineering all day, every day. EE is all around us and is a good base for any student considering the engineering discipline to start with. Professor Bernstein saw an opportunity to teach students the basics of EE to help them fully understand the fundamentals of the electrical world around them.

NDEE Faculty and Alumnus Obtain Quilt Packaging Patent

November 27, 2018

NDEE founded start-up company, Indiana Integrated Circuits (IIC) has obtained its thirteenth patent related to their Quilt Packaging technology. NDEE faculty researchers/inventors associated with IIC are Gary Bernstein, Patrick Fay and Wolfgang Porod. This particular patent was a result of the joint efforts of NDEE professors Scott Howard, Doug Hall, Anthony Hoffman and Gary Bernstein.

A New Class of Spin-Wave-Based Devices May Improve Overcrowded Electromagnetic Spectrum

September 27, 2017

A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame is putting a new “spin” on wireless communications, one that could significantly improve the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization [access and processing] while at the same time providing improved energy efficiency within devices.

Researchers at NDnano Look Two Steps Ahead to Stand Apart in a Competitive Field

August 24, 2017

Notre Dame’s nanotechnology research efforts date back to the 1980s, when the studies were mostly simulation-based and focused on computation advancements. In the three decades since, research at the University’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) has grown and evolved in a forward-thinking and distinctive way.

Blue-sky Biomedical Projects Launched by New Funding

August 30, 2016

Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics (AD&T), a strategic research initiative at the University of Notre Dame, has announced the recipients of its Discovery Fund awards for 2016. Innovative research includes efforts to treat Parkinson’s disease, understand heart disease and strokes, tackle bacterial drug resistance.


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