Dieter K. Schroder
Regents' Professor

School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-5706

Tel: 480·965·6621; FAX: 480·965·8118


Ph.D. University of Illinois, 1968
M.S. McGill University, 1964
B.Eng. McGill University, 1962

I was educated at Sir George Williams and McGill University in Montreal, Canada and graduated from McGill with my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering. I did my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. After graduation I joined the Westinghouse R & D Center in Pittsburgh in 1968 and later went to Arizona State University in Tempe in 1981, where I've been ever since. At Westinghouse I was involved in a variety of semiconductor projects. Initially with lifetime control of silicon power diodes and thyristors. This activity subsequently shifted to MOS devices and integrated circuits with particular emphasis on a better understanding of defects leading to low leakage current devices. This work required a better understanding of lifetime and leakage current measurement techniques and the interpretation of lifetime characterization methods. Another aspect of the MOS activity dealt with MNOS memory devices to try to gain a better understanding of the current flow through the insulators. Later research dealt with imaging devices. Westinghouse had always been very active in low-light-television systems (they developed and supplied the TV cameras for the first lunar landing) and this led quite naturally to the development of the silicon diode array television camera tube and later to visible and infrared-sensitive charge-coupled devices. A major effort during that time was the development of extrinsic silicon infrared focal plane arrays. An interesting side project was a study of the potential of semiconductor field-emission photocathodes and cold cathodes. I continued the extrinsic silicon infrared detector work at the Institute for Applied Solid-State Physics in Freiburg, West Germany, during a visit in 1978-79. Upon my return to Westinghouse, I led a group of researchers in the area of acoustic and magnetostatic wave signal processing. This work was very different from the earlier semiconductor work and addressed signal processing from the high MHz to the intermediate GHz frequency range. In 1981 I decided to change my career and I joined Arizona State University, because I had taught part-time at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and enjoyed teaching. I have contributed to the EE Dept. at ASU in teaching, research and service and still enjoy doing so.

Academic Experience
1981-present Arizona State University, Professor, 2009: Regents' Professor
1974/75, 80/81 Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Industrial Experience
1968 - 1981 Westinghouse Research Labs., Pittsburgh, PA; Fellow Engineer, Advisory Engineer, Manager
1978 - 1979 Institute for Solid State Physics, Freiburg, Germany

Professional Societies, Activities and Awards

* IEEE: Life Fellow, van der Ziel Award, 2007
* Distinguished National Lecturer for the IEEE Electron Device Society, 1993-2007
* ASU: Regents' Professor, 2009
* ASU: Outstanding Graduate Mentor, 2010

* ASU College of Engineering: Teaching Excellence Award, 1989, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2008
* National Technical University: Outstanding Instructor 1991-2003

* University Continuing Education Association: Continuing Education Faculty Service Award, 1997
* ASU College of Extended Education: Distance Learning Faculty Award, 1998
* IEEE: Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education Activities, 1998
* IEEE Phoenix Section: Outstanding Faculty Member, 2000

Short Courses
* Lecturer: Charge-Coupled Devices, American University, 1977-1980
* Lecturer: Electronic Imaging, Optical Society of America, 1982-1986
*Organizer and Lecturer: Semiconductor Characterization, Reliability and Failure Analysis, ASU 1983-01; Kodak 1985; NSA 1985, 1999; Motorola 1988; Delco 1990; Crane Naval Base 1990; HP 1992; NTU 1993-00; Am. Phys. Soc. 1994; Keithley 1994-98; Texas Instruments 1996-2000; SPIE 1994-2000; Varian 1997; Harris 1997; Semyzen (Singapore) 1997-98; Fairchild/National 1999; Intel 2000; Samsung 2000; Sematech 2000, Polarfab 2001, Investav (Mexico) 2002; IBM 2003; Fairchild 2003.
*Organizer and Lecturer: Advanced MOSFETs: Today and Tomorrow, ASU 2005-2008; Medtronic 2003; KLA-Tencor 2004, Intel 2007.

Listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Technology, Who's Who in Finance and Business

Publications / Presentations / Graduate Students
* 188 publications
* 178 presentations
* 2 books - sole author (Advanced MOS Devices, Addison Wesley, 1987; Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization, 3rd. ed., Wiley-Interscience, 2006)
* 11 books - editor; 10 book chapters
* 5 patents granted
* 64 MS students, 43 PhD students graduated

I was always interested in teaching and education. During the years at Westinghouse I taught in-house courses and also taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and at the University of Pittsburgh part time. Eventually I decided to make academic life my full-time activity and joined Arizona State University in 1981, where a major program was underway to build a Semiconductor Research Center. This Center is now well established and consists of 15 faculty members and about 100 graduate students. I enjoy teaching and my research activities there and am very much involved in teaching short courses. My main research activities are in the area of Semiconductor Devices, Defects in Semiconductors, Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization, Electrical/Lifetime Measurements, Low Power Electronics, Device Modeling, and Photovoltaics.