Dimitri Antoniadis was presented the 2014 Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Aristotle Award at the annual SRC TECHCON conference on Sept. 8 in Austin, Texas. He Is cited by the SRC for outstanding teaching and a deep commitment to the educational experience of his graduate students. In addition, he is cited for pioneering research in nanoscale solid-state electronic devices involving the application of new materials systems and structures to transistors for deeply scaled electronics.
The Aristotle Award was created by the SRC Board of Directors in March 1995 to recognize supported faculty whose deep commitment to the educational experience of SRC students has had a profound and continuing impact on their professional performance and significant impact for members over a long period of time. Antoniadis participated in SRC research since the organization began in 1982, leading a number of large programs with many faculty investigators and graduate student researchers at MIT and other major universities. He attributes his expanded opportunities both in guiding many students in their research at MIT and in building collaborations with colleagues across the U.S. to his association with the SRC.
A native of Athens, Greece, Antoniadis received his B.S. in Physics from the National University of Athens in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1976 from Stanford University. He joined the MIT EECS faculty in 1978 and currently holds the Ray and Maria Stata chair in Electrical Engineering. He is well known for seminal contributions to field-effect devices and to silicon process modeling. His present research focuses on the physics, technology and modeling of nano-scale devices in Si, Si/SiGe, and III-V materials for CMOS applications.
He was the founding Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT and more recently the Director of the multi-university (US) Focus Research Center for Materials Structures and Devices centered at MIT. Prof. Antoniadis is Fellow of the IEEE, and member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received the Solid State Science and Technology Young Author Award of the Electrochemical Society in 1979, the Paul Rappaport Award of the IEEE in 1998, the Andrew S. Grove Award of the IEEE in 2002, the 2004 University Researcher Award of the Semiconductor Industry Association, and the 2004 George E. Smith Award of the IEEE.
In the presentation of the Aristotle Award, the SRC noted that Prof. Antoniadis has been involved in the education of hundreds of students and advised over 50 graduate students. "He has a 'hard core' reputation for his deep knowledge and demanding courses. He helps to build team dynamics both inside and outside the lab, always suggesting ways that his students can collaborate with other faculty/students in the department and encouraging industrial involvement. He has opened up a wealth of opportunities for his students and helped ensure that they also become future leaders in the semiconductor industry and beyond."
MIT colleague and EECS faculty member Duane Boning, who began working with Professor Antoniadis as an undergraduate, was quoted for the SRC presentation: “From his earliest days at MIT, Dimitri has been incredibly unselfish and tireless in his work to create strong multi-faculty, highly industrial-interactive research programs. Dimitri led the design and implementation of the fabrication facility at MIT we use to this day - the facilities of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories in Building 39. Hundreds, literally hundreds, of students have worked in these laboratories and have taken those skills out to the semiconductor industry with them. By leading and fostering core semiconductor research facilities and programs at MIT and elsewhere, including long-standing SRC device programs and most notably the FCRP center on advanced materials, devices and structures, Dimitri has amplified his impact tremendously. Not only have his own students gone on to university and industrial positions that matter, but Dimitri has enabled and fostered the research of countless other faculty and their students here at MIT and elsewhere.”