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Jesús del Alamo named director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories

A faculty member since 1988, del Alamo replaces Vladimir Bulović, who will co-lead the MIT Innovation Initiative.
Jesús del Alamo
Jesús del Alamo

Jesús del Alamo, the Donner Professor of Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, has been named director of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). He will assume the position on Oct. 28. 

Del Alamo succeeds Vladimir Bulović, the Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology, who was recently named associate dean for innovation in the School of Engineering and a co-leader of the new MIT Innovation Initiative.

MTL is an interdepartmental laboratory that focuses on advancing device fabrication, integrated circuits and systems, photonics, and microelectromechanical systems, as well as molecular and nanotechnologies. The lab’s activities and mission contribute significantly to MIT’s standing as a hub of innovation in electrical engineering, energy, medical engineering, and advanced manufacturing. MTL supports more than 700 investigators and $80 million in research programs across the Institute.

In an email to the MTL community, School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz said he is looking forward to del Alamo’s “creative and energetic input as MTL continues to evolve, especially under the Institute’s newly announced Innovation Initiative.”

Del Alamo leads a research program on silicon and compound semiconductor transistor technologies for radio frequency, microwave, and millimeter wave applications. He has conducted research on a range of transistor technologies and other electronic devices in a variety of material systems, including solar cells and quantum-effect devices. His current research interests focus on the physics, technology, modeling and reliability of new III-V compound semiconductor field-effect transistors for future logic applications. In addition, del Alamo is the founder of the iLab Project that pioneered the technology and teaching of online laboratories for science and engineering.

Del Alamo joined MIT in 1988 and holds degrees from Polytechnic University of Madrid (1980) and Stanford University (MS ’83, PhD ’85). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in electronics, electron devices and circuits, and advanced semiconductor-device physics; he has received several teaching and achievement awards at MIT.

In 2012, he was awarded the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award in Emerging Research Devices; the Semiconductor Research Corporation Technical Excellence Award; and the IEEE Electron Devices Society Education Award “for pioneering contributions to the development of online laboratories for microelectronics education on a worldwide scale.” He is also a former National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator.

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