Georgia Institute of TechnologyNanoscience + Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech
Students conducting researchNanoTECH Student Spotlight: Femi Ogunsola



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Georgia Tech Ph.D. candidate Oluwafemi Ogunsola firmly believes that without a continuous focus on improvement, industry plateaus.

"The silicon semiconductor industry is a perfect example of this," says Ogunsola, a doctoral student in microsystems packaging and optics who will graduate in August 2006. Progress in the semiconductor industry requires smaller and smaller parts, which necessitate industry improvement. To complement the expected performance of these smaller parts, Ogunsola researches optical interconnects, using optics as a fast information-carrying path for future more powerful semiconductor-based systems.

Whether in industry or academia, he says his research will eventually involve nanotechnology. He has already begun investigating nanotechnology as a member of Nano@Tech, an organization at Tech that exposes middle and high school students to nanoscience and nanotechnology efforts.

Ogunsola, who earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, studies under Microelectronics Research Center Director James Meindl, an expert in semiconductors. After Ogunsola's undergraduate advisor told him that if he had a chance to work with Meindl, he should take it, Ogunsola came to Georgia Tech to do just that while earning his master's of science degree and then again while working as a Semiconductor Research Corporation/IBM Ph.D. Fellow. "He is the preeminent semiconductor person," says Ogunsola of Meindl. "He has changed a lot of the semiconductor industry."

Ogunsola hopes to follow in Meindl's path, forging the future of semiconductors while becoming a respected professor, but first, he wants to gain industry experience so he will know which application issues should be addressed in the classroom and in his research. Whatever his path, he's sure to succeed.