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March 27, 2007

Engineering Caterpillar Colloquium On Nano-scale Technology Scheduled April 5

University of Iowa alumnus Kewal K. Saluja, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver a Caterpillar Colloquium Series Lecture from 3:30-4:20 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Room 3315 of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

The lecture, "Efficient and Accurate Computation of NBTI (Negative bias temperature instability) Degradation and a Method to Combat it Via Gate Sizing," is hosted by the UI College of Engineering Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and will be free and open to the public.

Saluja will discuss the effect of temperature instability on the reliability of circuits used in nano-scale technologies and present a design technique to alleviate the problem.

Saluja obtained his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Roorkee, India, in 1967, and his mater's degree and doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the UI College of Engineering in 1972 and 1973, respectively. He is currently associate editor of the letters section of the Journal of Electronic Testing: Theory and Applications (JETTA). His research focus is in the areas of digital systems testing, computer architecture, fault-tolerant computing, and sensor networks. A Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), he has authored and co-authored over 300 technical papers that have appeared in conference proceedings and journals.

The Caterpillar Colloquium Series is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact in advance the UI College of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at 319-335-5197.

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