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January 26, 2012

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Engineer Awarded Special Sigma Xi Grant

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Behtash Behin-Aein, a senior engineer with GLOBALFOUNDRIES based in Milpitas, CA., has been selected to receive the $5,000 2011 Procter Prize Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. He was selected for the award by 2011 Procter Prize winner Supriyo Datta, a leading engineer and physicist at Purdue University.

Behin-Aein received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in 2004 and 2010 respectively from Purdue University, Indiana both in electrical engineering. His Ph.D. work concentrated on spin based devices for logic applications. As part of the Nano-electronics Research Initiative (NRI) he played a key role in proposing the All-Spin Logic (ASL) concept.

ASL seeks to provide a new way of information processing based on spin-magnet interactions without repeated spin-to-charge conversion. Part of his current work involves finding practical ways of implementing Spintronics logic. Behin-Aein recently joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES as a senior engineer in the Technology Research Group. His current interests include quantum transport in highly scaled devices, spin-torque devices and magnetic memories for embedded applications.

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