teaching

"Passion lets us walk extra miles. This is my secret of learning. I view learning as sharing of experience. I firmly believe every individual has talent in something. Therefore, my passion as an educator is to help others identify their talents and passions and then provide them the opportunity to excel. Human life looks for a purpose and my teaching philosophy is always to help finding out the purpose to make many positive impacts in the world."

Solid State Device Fabrication: This is one of the core courses in the Electrical Engineering program of KAUST. This course was designed in fall 2009 from the scratch to offer students hands-on training on high-k/metal gate metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) device fabrication (both capacitors and transistors). This is presumably the only course in its genre where such state-of-the-art module is taught. Additionally, students use online based Virtual Fab to prepare themselves for fab work. Theory classes are recorded for future references and focus on wafer manufacturing, active channel materials, oxidation, lithography, reactive ion etching, wet cleans and etching, thin film depositions, epitaxy, dopant diffusion, ion implantation, annealing, chemical mechanical polishing, metalization, and back end modules.

Class lectures are available over online via KAUST Webcast.

Flexible and Stretchable Electronics: For nearly two decades, there has been a rising interest in the scientific community about physically flexible and stretchable electronics. Initial approaches have focused on innovation in material and chemistry. With the scientific breakthrough in organic and molecular electronics, more traction have been observed in this general class of emerging electronics. Today organic light emitting diode (OLED) based displays are commercially available. However, to overcome some fundamental challenges related to limited mobility and stability, scientific community has re-energized their interest through 1D (nanotubes and wires), 2D (graphene, dichalcogenides) and amorphous oxide semiconductor materials based low thermal budget compatible flexible and stretchable electronics. While many breakthroughs have been observed in the area of energy harvesting, storage and sensors, limited demonstrations can be found focusing comprehensive approach on fully flexible and stretchable electronic system development to initiate a new branch of electronic applications. In that regard, traditionally reliable but rigid mono-crystalline thin film electronic materials such as silicon, silicon germanium, III-V, gallium nitride based electronics are being investigated for flexible and stretchable electronics. Exciting progress has been made. Overall the subject area is exciting and multi-disciplinary as it bridges many different corners of the scientific community. It is therefore, a complex task to present a neutral and comprehensive course work in one semester on these variety of topics. Therefore, broadly the following topics are covered: physics and mechanics, materials and chemistry, devices and circuits and finally system level integration aspects of flexible, stretchable and reconfigurable electronics.

Integrated Micro-systems: This course intends to develop the skill to build advanced system level integration of interactive systems. Lets assume you have put together a start-up. Now you have to come up with an idea on an integrated micro-systems focusing on a novel application where Do It Yourself (DIY) electronics must play a pivotal role. Sequence of work will be: Survey - Idea - Planning - Execution - Testing - Optimization - Demo. Form the team, choose leader, distribute tasks and update me on progress. While this is a group work, independently each of you will produce a review paper based on last two years of research articles, patents and products.