Dr. W. Rhett Davis, assistant professor of electrical engineering at North Carolina State University, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (Career) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), effective April 15, 2007. The award is one of the highest honors given by NSF to young university faculty in science and engineering.
The NSF will provide $409,643 in funding over a five-year period to support Davis’ research project entitled, "Career: Design Methodologies for Three-Dimensional Integrated Circuits." The project involves the stacking of chips vertically, often referred to as three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D ICs), which promises to alleviate the high cost of manufacturing equipment by reusing existing equipment to sell more chips. The goal of Davis' research project is to discover and document design techniques that will improve the speed of 3D ICs.
As part of this project, Davis also will improve engineering education by developing a free design kit for the latest integrated circuit technology, partner with a local community center and national education foundation to promote interest in low-cost electronics among disadvantaged children and develop a nationally distributed workshop curriculum to build a wireless-controlled robot and crystal radios.
Davis received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkley in 2002 and joined the College of Engineering faculty that same year.