Year Inducted / Awarded: 2011
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Gary Bernstein is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. During his 22 years at Notre Dame, he has been founding Director of the Notre Dame Nanoelectronics Facility, received an NSF White House Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and was a co-principal investigator in Notre Dame’s SRC/NSF-funded MIND (Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery) Center. He co-founded Indiana Integrated Circuits, LLC, which aims to improve the efficiency and scale of microelectronics systems through compact packaging solutions based on his invention of Quilt Packaging. Dr. Bernstein, who holds eight patents, demonstrated the smallest transistor gate length at the time (1986), contributed to the development and first demonstration of Quantum-dot Cellular Automata, was a co-inventor of improved electron beam lithography processes, and demonstrated a world-record chip-to-chip bandwidth (at least 100 GHz). Dr. Bernstein has authored or co-authored more than 190 publications, has been the principal investigator on more than $9 million in funded research projects, is a Fellow of the IEEE and received the Notre Dame Kaneb Teaching Award in 2001. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and Arizona State University, respectively.