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Henry Smith awarded IEEE Noyce Medal

Professor emeritus of electrical engineering recognized for contributions to field of nanofabrication.
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Henry I. Smith, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, has been awarded the 2017 IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal in recognition of his “contributions to lithography and nanopatterning through experimental advances in short-wavelength exposure systems and attenuated phase-shift masks.”

The Noyce Medal honors exceptional contributions to the microelectronics industry, and was established in 1999 in honor of Robert N. Noyce, founder of the Intel Corporation and inventor of the integrated circuit. Recipients are judged on the basis of their leadership in the field, research contributions, originality, breadth and inventive value among other criteria.

Smith is known for a number of innovations in nanoscale science and engineering, including: X-ray lithography, the attenuating phase shifter, interference lithography, immersion photolithography, zone-plate-array lithography, graphoepitaxy, and a variety of quantum-effect, short-channel, single-electron and microphotonic devices.

Smith founded the NanoStructures Laboratory (NSL) in the Research Laboratory of Elelctronics, and was an affiliate of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories. He held the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Chair from 1990 to 2005. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, the International Society for Nanomanufacturing, the IEEE, and the OSA, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

“Hank’s work with colleagues in the NSL has made a lasting impact in the field of nanofabrication,” says Anantha Chandrakasan, head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “The Robert N. Noyce Medal is well-deserved recognition of his many contributions to the microelectronics industry.”  

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