35th CIE/USA-SF Annual Conference And 2014 AAEOY Award Ceremony03/01/2014 - 03/01/2014


35th CIE/USA-SF Annual Conference and

2014 AAEOY Award Ceremony

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Marriott Hotel San Francisco Airport Waterfront,

1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010.


Technical Session Summary

12:45 PM                General Registration

1:00PM                   Conference Starts:

                              Chairman and President’s Welcome Remark

                              Incoming President’s Speech

                              CIE General Businesses and Announcements

1:15PM                  Technical Session:

                        1.      “FinFET--University Innovation Changes Semiconductor Chip Technology”,

                             Prof. Chenming Hu, UC Berkeley.

                        2.      “Dark Matter: the Other Universe”,

                             Prof. Chung-Pei Ma, UC Berkeley.

                        3.      “Technologies for the Internet of Everything”,

                             Mr. William McFarland, VP of Technology, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

                        4.      “The Lure of High Temperature Superconductivity”,

                             Prof.  Ching-Wu Chu, Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston,  

                             and Honorary Chancellor of the Taiwan Comprehensive University System.


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Afternoon Technical Session Admission:   Free admission and free parking.

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Technical Session Details


Title: “FinFET--University Innovation Changes Semiconductor Chip Technology”

Prof. Chenming Hu 


Gordon Moore calls the 3-dimensional transistor FinFET the most drastic shift in semiconductor technology in over 40 years. Intel has switched to FinFET for production. TSMC, Samsung, and all most advanced semiconductor companies will do so in 2014. What is FinFET? What else may the future bring?


Chenming Hu is Distinguished Chair Professor of Microelectronics at UC Berkeley.  He was the Chief Technology Officer of TSMC and founder of Celestry Design Technologies. He is best known for developing the revolutionary 3D transistor FinFET that powers all semiconductor chips beyond 20nm. He also developed the international standard transistor model that is used to design most of the integrated circuits in the world. He is a member of the US Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Science, and Academia Sinica. He has received the Andrew Grove Award, Nishizawa Medal, Semiconductor Industry Association Award, Asian American Engineer of the Year Award, and UC Berkeley's highest honor for teaching, the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

Title: “Dark Matter: the Other Universe”

Prof. Chung-Pei Ma 


A startling discovery in science in the past few decades is most mass in the universe is in
"dark matter."  This clever form of matter is capable of speeding up the motion of stars and galaxies while eluding direct detection at the same time.  Dr. Ma will summarize the evidence for the existence of dark matter, discuss what it can and cannot be, and describe ongoing research on this mysterious component of the universe.


Dr. Ma is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and attended the Fu Hsing School and Taipei First Girls' High School before moving to the U.S. Dr. Ma received both her undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2002, she was a Fairchild Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and an Assistant and Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ma's scientific contributions are in cosmology and extragalactic astronomy. She has studied the properties of dark matter and dark energy, the cosmic microwave background, galaxy formation and evolution, and recently, discovered the two most massive black holes ever found, each with a mass ten billion times that of the Sun. 

Among the awards Dr. Ma has received are the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award from the American Physical Society, the Annie J. Cannon Award from the American Astronomical Society, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Overseas Chinese Physics Association, Fellowships from the Sloan and Simons Foundations, the Miller Professorship from the Miller Institute at UC Berkeley, and the election as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Ma is an avid violin player and began violin lessons at age four. She toured Europe and the United States with her youth symphony orchestra from Taipei during the summers when she was eight, nine, and fourteen years old, performing more than 100 concerts. After receiving the first prize in the 1983 Taiwan National Violin Competition as a high school student, she continued parallel studies in physics at MIT and music at the New England Conservatory in Boston. She has given numerous violin recitals and chamber music concerts in the Boston area and California. Her string quartet is working on a long term project of learning and performing the entire set of 16 quartets by Beethoven.

Title: “Technologies for the Internet of Everything”

Mr. William McFarland 


There is an explosion in the number and types of devices that are being connected to the internet.  From large sophisticated devices like televisions, to small battery powered devices like thermostats, there is value to being able to access those devices over the internet, and in turn having the devices access the cloud.  This talk will focus on the technologies that will enable the Internet of Everything (IoE) in which every electronic device is connected.  These technologies include several types of wireless communication, IoE specific communication protocols, and sophisticated network processing to handle communications and run applications. 


William J. McFarland is currently Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm Atheros. In this role, he leads new initiatives across Qualcomm Atheros' product line, which includes WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM, NFC, Ethernet, and Power Line Communications.  Bill also guides standards, regulatory, architecture, and technology roadmap planning.

Bill joined Atheros in 1999, and was its CTO focusing in the same areas prior to the acquisition of Atheros by Qualcomm in May of 2011.

Before joining Atheros, Bill spent 14 years at the Hewlett Packard Research Lab designing analog ICs for high speed digital test equipment, fiber optic communications links, and led early research in integrated CMOS radios.  Bill has published over 35 papers, holds over 70 patents, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.  Bill received a BSEE from Stanford University in 1983, and a MSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985.

Title: “The Lure of High Temperature Superconductivity”

Prof. Ching-Wu Chu 


The discovery of high temperature superconductivity in 1986-87 has been hailed as a great advancement in modern physics and generated unprecedented enormous excitements worldwide. After the ensuing extensive studies, more than 300 high temperature superconductors have been discovered with a transition temperature up to 164 K, many theoretical models proposed and many prototype devices constructed and demonstrated. Many questions remain. For instance, does room-temperature superconductivity exist, what is the mechanism for high temperature superconductivity and to what extend will high temperature superconductivity change our life?  In this presentation, I shall briefly address the above questions after describing the history of high temperature superconductivity, summarizing its present status and discussing its future.


Dr. Paul C. W. Chu is currently serving as Professor of Physics, T. L. L. Temple Chair of

Science, and Founding Director and Chief Scientist of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston; and as Honorary Chancellor of the Taiwan Comprehensive University System. He is President Emeritus and University Professor Emeritus of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was born in Hunan, China, and received the B.S. degree from Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. After service with the Nationalist Chinese Air Force, he earned the M.S. degree from Fordham University, Bronx NY, and completed the Ph.D. degree at the University of California at San Diego, all three degrees being in Physics. He has been working on Superconductivity, Magnetism, and Dielectrics. 

After doing industrial research with Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, New Jersey, Dr. Chu held an academic appointment at Cleveland State University. He assumed his appointment at the University of Houston in 1979. He was Director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston between 1987 and 2001. He had also served as consultant and visiting staff member at Bell Labs, Los Alamos National Lab, the Marshall Space Flight Center, Argonne National Lab and DuPont at various times.

He has been working on superconductivity since his days with Bernd T. Matthias at the University of California at San Diego. In January 1987, Dr. Chu and his colleagues achieved stable superconductivity at 93 K (-180 °C), above the critical temperature of liquid nitrogen (-196 °C). They continue to find new compounds with high transition temperatures. They again obtained stable superconductivity at a new record high temperature of 164 K (-109 °C) in another compound when compressed. Presently, he is actively engaged in the basic and applied research of high temperature superconductivity. His research activities extend beyond superconductivity to magnetism and dielectrics. His work has resulted in the publication of more than 590 papers in refereed journals. 

He has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing), the Academia Sinica (Taipei), the Third World Academy of Sciences, the Electromagnetic Academy, the Russian Academy of

Engineering, and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Texas Academy of Sciences. He has received honorary doctorates from Northwestern University, Fordham University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Florida International University, the State University of New York at Farmingdale, Hong Kong Baptist University, Providence University, University of Macau, Loughborough University, and Whittier College. In 1990 he was selected the Best Researcher in the U.S. by US News and World Report.

He has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science, the International Prize for New Materials, the Comstock Award, Texas Instruments' Founders’ Prize, the Leroy Randal Grumman Medal, the World Cultural Council Medal of Scientific Merit, the New York Academy of Sciences’ Physical and Mathematical Science Award, the Bernd Matthias Prize (M2S-HTSC), the Award of Excellence in Scientific Accomplishments (World Congress on Superconductivity), the St. Martin de Porres Award, the Esther Farfel Award (University of Houston), the John Fritz Medal (American Association of Engineering Societies), and the Prize Ettore Majorana - Erice - Science for Peace. He serves on the editorial boards of various professional journals and is a member of the board of directors of the Coalition for the Commercial Application of Superconductors.