Semiconductor Expert Joins Engineering Faculty

01/23/02    Portland, Ore.

John R. Carruthers, Ph.D., former director of components research at Intel and an expert in semiconductors, has joined Oregon Health & Science University as professor of electrical and computer engineering. Carruthers, who heads the department at the OGI School of Science & Engineering, strengthens the school's ties with the high-tech community.

During 15 years at Intel, Carruthers was a key member of the team that was instrumental in Intel's development of ever-faster processors. He also pushed the company to develop the next generation of chip imprinting called EUV, for extreme ultraviolet lithography. EUV is a method of printing circuit patterns on chips with photons whose wavelengths are measured in atoms.

"John directed Intel's exploratory semiconductor research and was responsible for keeping Intel abreast of developments that might impact semiconductor technology," said Gordon Moore, Intel's chairman emeritus and founder. "His broad interests and many contacts in the technical community allowed him to have a unique overview and clear perspective. I think that these same attributes will serve OGI well in helping to set the long-term strategy."

"John Carruthers joins us at a pivotal time," said Ed Thompson, Ph.D., dean of the School of Science & Engineering and an OHSU vice president. "He is the right person to help us expand our role with the high-tech industry while also growing in new directions, such as biomedical engineering."

Carruthers earned a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 1966. Before Intel he worked for Bell Laboratories, Hewlett-Packard and NASA. He also led Intel's sponsorship of research laboratories at several universities, including Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2000 he has been a consultant in micro- and nanotechnologies.

As department head, Carruthers replaces Dan Hammerstrom, Ph.D., who is stepping down to spend more time on research.

About the OGI School of Science & Engineering The OGI School of Science & Engineering at OHSU is the leading provider of high-quality graduate engineering education in Oregon. In 2000 the Electrical and Computer Engineering department graduated 60 percent of Oregon's Ph.D.s in the field. Currently it has about 100 full- and part-time students working toward M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. The department's alumni work for such prominent employers as Intel, Tektronix and Motorola.

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