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Workshops & Tutorials

Todd Younkin

Todd Younkin


In August of 2020, Dr. Todd Younkin became the President & CEO of SRC, where he leads a ~$90M/yr. global research agenda supported by ~3k academic and industrial researchers, 27 international companies, and 3 U.S. government agencies (DARPA, NSF, and NIST).

Following his appointment, SRC released its 2030 Decadal Plan for Semiconductors, where it identified the five “"seismic shifts" shaping the future of information and communication technologies (ICT). Working closely with SIA, SRC called for greatly increased federal investments throughout the decade to establish a smarter pipeline for semiconductor R&D, aligned to SRC's Decadal Plan. This drove and resulted in the passage of the CHIPS and SCIENCE ACT of 2022 by Congress and President Biden on August 9th, 2022.

Todd's excited by the worldwide call for a renewed investment in semiconductor materials, hardware, and design, as well as the equally important calls for an emphasis on education and workforce development and our need for environmental sustainability. Only by investing in a bright, collective future, will we rise to the meet the opportunities presented by the next industrial revolution.

Prior to becoming SRC's CEO, Dr. Younkin worked at Intel from 2001-2020, with research and development experience that spanned Intel’s 0.18um to 5nm nodes and a variety of Intel business units.

Dr. Younkin completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Florida and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Younkin is currently on the Georgia Tech ECE Executive Advisory Board and is an Advisor to America's Frontier Fund.

Shekhar Chandrashekhar

Dr. Shekhar Chandrashekhar


Shekhar Chandrashekhar has over 30 years' experience as a leader, strategist, and innovator with a history of driving improvements that streamline operations, drive growth and increase profitability on a global scale. His background in business and technology leadership, and his deep knowledge and advanced training in engineering management, have provided him with a unique talent—the ability to transform organizations, influence product positioning and drive a laser focus on priorities that support the company's vision and goals.

Prior to joining iNEMI, Shekhar was responsible for managing the national network of Smart Manufacturing Innovation Centers (SMICs) for the Clean Energy & Smart Manufacturing Institute (CESMII). In this role, he worked with the SMICs to demonstrate the value of deploying Industry 4.0 solutions to the manufacturing industry. Similarly, with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, he oversaw the implementation of Industry 4.0 and digital technology solutions, building a network of systems integrators that impacted more than 35,000 small and medium sized manufacturers in California in their deployment of smart manufacturing solutions.

He has also worked with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as managing director, programs, for the association’s executive leadership team. In that role, he led business strategy development and created a program portfolio focused on workforce and global development. He helped influence the global engineering community by constructing and implementing content strategies to drive quality, innovation and revenue growth.

Shekhar began his career as a member of technical staff of AT&T Bell Labs and held several management positions with Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies/Alcatel-Lucent, including senior manager for the Network Solutions Group and Bell Labs/Supply Chain Networks. He eventually became director of the company’s CTO Group, where he created the footprint for Global Engineering Centers and optimized supply chain and operations for 20 business divisions in 40 countries.

He received the Advanced Technology Excellence Award from Bell Laboratories and the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from SME. He is a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Concurrent Engineering Research and Applications and has published over 25 papers in international journals and conferences.

Shekhar has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai).

Dr. Francis Mullany

Dr. Francis Mullany

Director of Roadmapping, iNEMI

Dr. Francis (Frank) Mullany came to iNEMI from a long career at Nokia Bell Labs, where he was most recently a research strategist in Bell Labs Research, working with lead researchers to define roadmaps, research strategy and technology marketing. His 20 years of managerial and technical experience spans a broad range of wireless and networking technologies, from RF hardware to network slicing, and from real-time machine-learning inference engines to end-to-end orchestration.

Frank joined Bell Labs in 1998, first with the Wireless Research Laboratory in the UK and then he helped establish Bell Labs Ireland in Dublin in 2004. He built up and led the RF Antennas and Front-End Technologies department focusing on novel RF technologies and hardware.

In 2013, Frank established Bell Labs' Internet of Things research program before moving to the CTO organization to lead the Network Compliance, Reliability, Security and Corporate Standards organization. In 2015, he returned to Bell Labs Research to take up a research strategy role.

Frank was Alcatel-Lucent's representative on EPoSS, the European smart system industry association, and was the editor for the telecommunications section of the EPoSS Strategic Research Agenda. He received B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin, National University of Ireland.

Organizer: Anil Yuksel, IBM Corporation
Moderator: Anil Yuksel, IBM Corporation
Presenter: Jason Valentine, Vanderbilt University

Jason Valentine

Professor Valentine received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2004 and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in 2010. He is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University and the Deputy Director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE). Prof. Valentine’s research focuses on optical metamaterials and their use in imaging and image processing, photodetection, and dynamically reconfigurable optics for wavefront control. Dr. Valentine’s work was selected by Time Magazine as one of the "Top 10 Scientific Discoveries in 2008" and he has received an NSF CAREER Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award as well as a Chancellor’s Award for Research

Abstract: This tutorial will provide an introduction to emerging field of nanophotonics, integrated photonics and meta-optics for applications in next generation opto-electronics, thermal systems and computational devices. The ability to design and fabricate sub-wavelength structures in these devices provide an unprecedent capability of shaping optical and thermal wave propagation, and thus present an interesting opportunity to create ultra low-power and efficient computational systems.

Organizer: Ronald Warzoha, United States Naval Academy
Presenter: Raffaele Luca Amalfi

Luca Amalfi

Dr. Amalfi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Seguente, LLC and former Principal Innovator at Nokia Bell Labs US, where he led R&D activities in the field of thermal management of high-performance communications and computing systems. Since 2016, he worked as a Scientific Collaborator and Laboratory Operations Manager at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne in Switzerland (EPFL). In 2015, he joined Alcatel-Lucent US, where he performed disruptive research on liquid cooling technologies for network equipment. In 2012, he joined IBM Research Lab in Switzerland, where he developed a novel cooling system for high-performance servers. He received a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from the EPFL and authored over 55 scientific publications in leading journals, conference proceedings, and handbooks. Dr. Amalfi is a Member of the ASME K-16 Heat Transfer Committee, Member of the OCP Heat Reuse Steering Committee, Guest Editor for the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, and recipient of numerous IEEE and ASME Awards.

Abstract: Data processing, transport and storage demands are exponentially increasing, driven by applications in mobile broadband, video / gaming, cloud, 5G networks, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). This has profound implications in terms of overall system design with the associated general trend towards achieving greater system functionality per unit volume. Thermal management will be the key to enable these densification challenges and meet ESG goals. In this tutorial, I will discuss performance and economic benefits of direct-to-chip passive liquid-cooling technology, as a long-term solution to scale existing hardware platforms and build high-performance data centers and telecom installations, while being environmentally-friendly.

Organizer: Nenad Miljkovic, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Moderator: Jarom Sederholm, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Presenters: Ilias Belharouak, Oak Ridge National Laboratory & Zheng Chen, University of California San Diego

Ilias Belharouak

Dr. Ilias Belharouak is a Distinguished Scientist & Head of the Electrification Section in the Electrification and Energy Infrastructure Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Before joining ORNL in November 2017, Dr. Belharouak was a Research Director & the Founding Chief Scientist of the Electrochemical Energy Storage Group in the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), between 2013 and 2017. He was a Professor at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation, between 2015 and 2017. He was a Material Scientist and Battery Expert in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory, between 2001 and 2013.



Zheng Chen

Zheng Chen received his Ph.D. at UCLA in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Yunfeng Lu in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His Ph.D. work is mainly related to design and synthesis of nanostructured materials for electrochemical energy storage devices. From 2013-2016, he was a postdoctoral associate working with Prof. Zhenan Bao in Chemical Engineering and Prof. Yi Cui in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, where his work focused on functional polymer materials for enhanced energy density, longer cycling lifetime and improved safety of batteries. Zheng Chen's research focuses on development of novel nanostructured and polymeric materials for cutting-edge applications including electrochemical energy devices (batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells), flexible and printable devices, and sustainable water and resources.


Abstract: Current projections of future battery usage show that critical battery materials including cobalt, lithium, and nickel will become increasingly scarce over the next few decades. In response, battery recycling and battery materials recovery have become an issue of greater interest and importance. This tutorial will feature several battery recycling methods including hydrometallurgical, pyrometallurgical, and direct recycling along with an explanation of the key issues surrounding lithium-ion battery recycling. The speakers will cover common materials and methods, the best situations of utilization, and the current limitations and drawbacks of each method with a focus on safety, materials recovery, and industrial viability. Finally, current and future research surrounding battery recycling will be used to highlight how current progress can be applied to solve the impending problem of sustainable battery materials acquisition.