Micron Senior Fellow Gurtej Sandhu Earns Prestigious Engineering Award

“I have always admired Gurtej’s talent of leadership....

There is a long wall located within Boise’s Micron Technology campus on which thousands of patents registered by Micron employees are displayed. The wall is visually stunning; however, upon closer inspection, one name in particular inspires awe: Micron Senior Fellow and Director of Technology Development Gurtej Sandhu.

In his 20-plus years at Micron, Sandhu has patented more than 1,200 new technologies for the company, all related to thin film processes and materials, very-large-scale-integration (VLSI) projects and semiconductor device fabrication. (In fact, he is recognized for being the sixth most prolific inventor in the world based on his number of U.S. utility patents.)

This fall, Sandhu celebrated another milestone when he was presented with the prestigious 

2018 IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award, a national award recognizing outstanding contributions to solid-state devices and technology.

“Gurtej has an excellent balance between scientific insight and practical understanding of technology, which has resulted in both concrete product introductions that impact the industry today, as well as new ideas that are leading  the current research direction,” said IEEE fellow Jeff Welser, who supported Sandhu’s award nomination.

The award is presented annually by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) board of directors. Sandhu was honored for his contributions to silicon complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology that enable dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and non-volatile (NAND) memory chip scaling, as well as for his leadership, originality, breadth and inventive value, among other achievements.

For the last 15 years, Sandhu has been a guiding force for Micron’s collaborative efforts with Boise State. He has mentored engineering majors, chaired the Boise State’s Materials Science and Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and Micron School of Materials Board, helped launch the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering program, written letters of support for faculty submitting proposals for research funding, and even led Micron’s participation in Boise State’s research consortia, through which important science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research on campus is conducted.

“We’re exceptionally lucky to have a talented researcher and scientist working with our faculty and inspiring our students to perform at their highest caliber,” said Boise State Vice President of Research and Economic Development Mark Rudin. “This award is a well-deserved honor.”

At Boise State University, those achievements can be felt in the classroom, seen within the new Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, and appreciated by students and faculty alike.