Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Tomás Palacios, professor of electrical engineering, recognized for work with semiconductors.
Tomás Palacios, professor of electrical engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers for his “contributions to gallium nitride electron devices and two-dimensional materials.”
IEEE fellows are voted into the fellowship for achieving “an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.” The fellowship is reserved for only 0.1% of the total voting IEEE membership.
At MIT, Palacios leads a research group within the Microsystems Technology Laboratories focused on advanced electronic devices based on new semiconductors, particularly graphene and Gallium Nitride (GaN). Electronic circuits using these “extreme materials” could reduce energy consumption as well as help computers run faster. The Palacios group was the first one in the world to incorporate graphene in a communication system, and it has pioneered the use of graphene and other one-atom-thick materials in high frequency and large area electronics. The Palacios group is also well known in the field of GaN electronics, where it has pushed the state-of-the-art in power amplifier performance and linearity through new transistor designs and its integration with Silicon electronics. Cambridge Electronics, Inc., was founded in 2012 by his former students and postdocs to exploit the commercial applications of some of these technologies.
In recognition of his work, he has also received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the Young Investigator Award of the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS), the NSF CAREER Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, the DARPA Young Faculty Award, and more than ten best paper awards including the Best Paper Award at the International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM), the George Smith Best Paper Award of IEEE Electron Device Letters, and the Device Research Conference. Palacios is also the director of the VI-A Master of Engineering Thesis Program.