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Ajey Jacob, Ph.D.

Director of Application Specific Intelligent Computing Lab


Ajey Jacob is the Director of the Application Specific Intelligent Computing (ASIC) Lab, a hardware research group at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute (ISI). Ajey Jacob brings 16 years of industry research, development, and manufacturing experience from Intel Corporation and GLOBAFOUNDRIES (GF) to ISI. Ajey primarily focuses on materials, devices, integration, and fabrication aspects of the advanced and differentiating technology research.

Before joining ISI in 2019, Ajey Jacob generated a strategy, founded and managed the Differentiating Technology Research Group for the GF's worldwide R&D. In this capacity, Ajey Jacob researched More than Moore differentiating and disruptive elements such as silicon photonics, non-volatile memory (MRAM, FeRAM, RRAM), for a plethora of applications such as transceivers, embedded memory, advanced logic, neuromorphic computing. Dr. Jacob has also served GF in various other capacities, such as leading the exploratory device and integration research group (sub 14 nm technology node) and the pathfinding integration research program (10 & 7 nm node) for the IBM Alliance in Albany, NY. Until 2011, Ajey Jacob worked as a senior research scientist for Intel corporation's component research organization. At Intel, Ajey managed two industry-sponsored strategic research consortia for next-generation CMOS devices and materials, "Western Institute of Nanoelectronics" (WIN) and "Functional Engineering in Nano Architectonics" (FENA) and many other Intel-sponsored research projects. Ajey Jacob has also been a device engineer supporting the high-volume manufacturing of the 90 nm technologies at Intel and 28 nm technology at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

Ajey Jacob received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Chalmers University of Technology/Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2002. Ajey Jacob has more than 200 worldwide patents (177 USPTO issued/accepted patents, more than 50 patents pending USPTO approval). He has also published three book chapters, more than 75 journals, and conference papers in a wide area of scaled and differentiating technologies.

At GF, Ajey Jacob was conferred the title of Master Inventor from the years 2017 to 2020. In 2013' and 2016' Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) awarded Ajey Jacob with the Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison Award. Ajey Jacob is currently serving as a committee member and Co-Chair for the IEEE Electronics Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) Silicon Photonics Session and International Conference on Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics (FCMN). Ajey Jacob is also the co-chair for the MIT/AIM Photonics monolithic integration session of the Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap (IPSR).