September 14, 2011 — In this special event coverage of Semiconductor Research Corporation’s TECHCON conference, we feature video interviews with students and professors taking part in semiconductor research projects, as well as talks with SRC about the conference and the research organization’s energy initiative.

The 13th SRC TECHCON took place in Austin, TX, this week, drawing nearly 500 students, professors, and industry attendees. Chip companies go to TECHCON to see student research on semiconductor-related pursuits from around the country. It also gives students a chance to get more insight into the technical concerns of the industry. The meeting concludes with a networking session involving student researchers and industry job recruiters.

From SRC:

Steve Hillenius, SRC executive vice president, discusses TECHCON 2011.


SRC’s Robert Havemann discusses SRC’s Energy Research Initiative.


Students (grad and undergrad)

SRC Undergraduate Research program students discuss their TECHCON projects. Students (from L to R): Emily Walker, Carnegie Mellon Univ.; Justin Jiang, Georgia Institute of Technology; Ian Dryg, Purdue Univ.


Dryg’s work is on controlling prosthetic arms with magnetic sensors. Jiang’s study covers wireless sensors for environmental applications. Walker is involved in improving lead-free solder with additives.

Adam Beece, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduate student. Beece discusses his work on using computer-based simulation to discover the limits on system architectures. He also notes that a bug in the simulator affected the research results, and how they will tweak the system for more accuracy.


Ken Butler, Texas Instruments Fellow and former SRC-sponsored student, speaks at the event.

Cory Thoma, undergraduate research program student, Washington & Jefferson College

Albert Liao, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, graduate student

Chelsey Owens, Undergraduate research program student, North Carolina A+T

David Onsongo, IBM, analog designer and former SRC-sponsored student.



Watch interviews with SRC’s Aristotle and Technical Excellence award winners here:


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