ASMC 2015 Panelist - Prof. Lynn Fuller, Rochester Institute of Technology

Lynn Fuller photo

Dr. Lynn Fuller completed his BS and MSEE degrees at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1970 and 1973.  While working in the Electrical Engineering Department at RIT, Dr. Fuller pursued the Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo), completing it in 1979.  After one year as a visiting professor in electrical engineering at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Fuller returned to RIT to head up the new program in Microelectronic Engineering.

Dr. Fuller made RIT’s first transistors in 1978 as an EE faculty teaching a senior level professional elective course in semiconductor devices.  As head of the microelectronic engineering department from 1982-2000 Dr. Fuller was responsible for the development of the program, creation of the laboratory facility that we now have and the development of the graduate programs in microelectronic engineering. The microelectronic engineering program now has 250 students enrolled and over 1000 alumni working in the semiconductor industry worldwide.  In 1991 the program was ranked 1st in a survey by the Semiconductor Research Corporation for preparing students for careers in semiconductor manufacturing.  Dr. Fuller is a core faculty in the Ph.D. program in Microsystems Engineering and one of the key persons involved in the creation of that program.

Over the past 25 years Dr. Fuller has designed, fabricated and tested hundreds of different microchips at RIT.  These chips range from totally mechanical MEMS devices for drug delivery, MEMS pressure sensors, accelerometers, optical-pyometers, CMOS integrated circuits for hearing aids, and sophisticated CID imagers with over 35,000 transistors per chip.  Dr. Fuller developed and taught MEMS fabrication courses for over 10 years and CMOS manufacturing courses for over 25 years.  Dr. Fuller has taught more than 30 different courses at RIT in EE and MicroE at all levels.  Dr. Fuller has been thesis advisor for over 50 MS students in EE and MicroE and on the thesis committee for a few Ph.D. students in Imaging Science and most recently in Microsystems Engineering.

Dr. Fuller has participated in a wide variety of research including electrode fabrication for cochlear implants, MEMS pressure sensors for research on the embryonic chick heart, electrode arrays for implantation on the visual cortex, chemical sensors, DNA sensors, integrated circuits, semiconductor devices and microsystems.

Dr. Fuller has been involved with three start-up companies.  Including founder and Vice President for AST, a company that designed and manufactured hearing aids.  Over the past 4 years Dr. Fuller has been involved with Integrated NanoTechnologies, LLC, a startup company that makes systems for DNA detection.  Dr. Fuller helped set up the fabrication process at RIT for making as many as 40,000 microchips per year for INT.

Dr. Fuller is a member of the IEEE Electron Device Society and has been involved in organizing many IEEE conferences including the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) (ten years), University/Government/Industry Microelectronics Symposium (UGIM) (ten years) and Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC)(five years).  Dr. Fuller is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received the RIT Distinguished Alumnus Award (1990), RIT Eisenhart Outstandiing Teacher Award (2006) and the IEEE Region 1 Award for "Prolific Contributions in Education and Research in Microelectronic Engineering".  Dr. Fuller has been named the Motorola Professor for RIT.   Dr. Fuller has over 70 publications, patents and text chapters in the general area of microelectronics.