Sayeef Salahuddin is a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Salahuddin received his B.Sc. in electrical and electronic engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2003 and his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University in 2007. He joined the faculty of UC Berkeley in 2008.
His work has focused on conceptualization and exploration of novel device physics for low power electronic and spintronic devices. Salahuddin has championed the concept of using ‘interacting systems’ for switching, showing fundamental advantage of such systems over the conventional devices in terms of power dissipation. This led to the discovery of negative capacitance transistors that allows for sub kT/q subthreshold operation in transistors.
Salahuddin received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early-career scientist and engineers. Salahuddin also received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the IEEE Nanotechnology Early Career Award, Young Investigator Awards from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Army Research Office (ARO), and best paper awards from IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems and from the VLSI-TSA conference. In 2012, Applied Physics Letters (APL) highlighted two of his papers among 50 most notable papers among all areas published in APL within 2009–12.
Salahuddin is a co-director of the Berkeley Device Modeling Center and Berkeley Center for Negative Capacitance Transistors. He served on the editorial board of IEEE Electron Devices Letters (2013–16) and was the chair the IEEE Electron Devices Society committee on Nanotechnology (2014–16).