ECE Ph.D. Deblina Sarkar recognized by the 2016 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering

December 13th, 2016

photo of deblina sarkarSarkar’s dissertation accorded an honorable mention in the competition as one of the top three from over 45 dissertations from institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada

In her dissertation titled “2D Steep Transistor Technology: Overcoming Fundamental Barriers in Low-Power Electronics and Ultra-Sensitive Biosensors”, Dr. Sarkar documents her invention of the world’s thinnest channel quantum-transistor which defies the fundamental thermal limitations of present technology and leads to record power-reduction. Her research also showed for the first time that such quantum mechanical transistors can lead to electrical biosensors with ultra-high sensitivity and single-molecular detectability.

The awards committee made a special point to say that it considers Dr. Sarkar’s work as some of the best early-career scholarship in the award disciplines. UCSB nominated her for the nationwide contest after she received the university’s 2016 Winifred and Louis Lancaster Dissertation Award for Math, Physical Science and Engineering.

The Council on Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest dissertation awards are designed to honor scholars whose dissertation represents original work that make an unusually significant contribution to the field area. The award is sponsored by ProQuest and recipients are selected by CGS.

At UCSB, Sarkar was member of the Nanoelectronics Research Lab (NRL) and advised by ECE Professor Kaustav Banerjee. She is presently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sarkar's Dissertation Info – UCSB Alexandria Digital Research Library (ADRL)

ECE News – "Dr. Deblina Sarkar receives the UCSB Winifred and Louis Lancaster Dissertation Award for Math, Physical Science and Engineering" (June 14, 2016)

Sarkar's MIT webpage