Biographical Sketch of Prof. M. Jamal Deen


Dr. M. Jamal Deen was born in Georgetown, Guyana. He completed a B.Sc. degree in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Guyana (1978), a M.S. degree (1982) and a Ph.D. degree (1985) in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the design and modeling of a new CARS spectrometer for dynamic temperature measurements and combustion optimization in rocket and jet engines and was sponsored by NASA, Cleveland, USA.

From 1978-1980, Dr. Deen was an Instructor of Physics at the University of Guyana, and from 1980 to 1983, he was a Research Assistant at Case Western Reserve University. He was a Research Engineer (1983-1985) and then an Assistant Professor (1985 -1986) at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 1986, he joined the School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, as an Assistant Professor, and from 1993 to 2002, he was a Full Professor. From summer 1999, he assumed his current position as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. In July 2001, he was awarded a Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology.

Dr. Deen was a Visiting Scientist at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics,, National Research Council, Ottawa in summer 1986, and he spent his sabbatical leave as a Visiting Scientist at Northern Telecom, Ottawa in 1992-1993. He was a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, in summer 1997 and a CNRS Directeur de Recherche at the Laboratoire de Physique des Composants à Semiconducteurs (LPCS), Grenoble, France in summer 1998 and at the Centre d'Electronique et de Micro-optoélectronique de Montpellier  (CEM2), France in 2002-2003; and an Invited Professor at the Technische Universitaet Berlin, Fachgebiet Mikrowellentechnik from January to July 2007.

Dr. Deen has published extensively in microelectronics/nanolectronics and optoelectronics. He has edited two research monographs and eleven conference proceedings. He has written fifteen invited book chapters, was awarded seven patents, has published more that four hundred and ten peer-reviewed articles and has given one hundred and seven invited/keynote/plenary conference presentations. For his research work, he has also won seven best paper awards at national and international conferences/workshops and for a journal paper. He has also served as a consultant to the semiconductor industry in Canada, the USA and Japan. His current research interests are in microelectronics/nanoelectronics and opto-electronics.

Dr. Deen is/was an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (2001-2010); a founding Executive Editor of Fluctuations and Noise Letters (2001-present); and a Member of the Editorial Boards of the following journals - Interface, The Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, the International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems, the Microelectronics Journal and the Open Journal of Applied Physics. He is also the Regional Editor for Canada and Central USA of the IEEE Electron Devices Society Newsletter. Dr. Deen has served as the technical chair, general chair, principal organizer, member of the technical committee or member of the international steering committee of numerous conferences in his fields of research interest. He also served as the Chair of NSERC Grant Selection Committee 334 – Communications, Computers and Component Engineering (2006-07).

Dr. Deen's students are well-respected in industry. For example, his students now work at several major national and international companies such as AT&T Bell Labs (USA), Conexant Inc. (USA), Intel (USA), Texas Instruments (USA), Siemens Corporation (Germany),  Glenayre Electronics R&D (Canada), Nortel Networks (Canada), Perkin-Elmer (Canada) and PMC Sierra (Canada).

Dr. Deen is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical Engineering honor society. As an undergraduate student, he won the Chancellor's Medal as the second best graduating student and the Dr. Irving Adler's Prize as the best mathematics student (1978). As a graduate student, he was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar from 1980 to 1982 and an American Vacuum Society Scholar from 1983 to 1984. He was awarded a NSERC  Senior Industrial Fellow in 1993. He was given a Reward of Recognition Award, Silicon Technology Division, Northern Telecom in 1993, and won the IEEE 1993 Outstanding Branch Councilor and Advisor Award for Canada. Dr. Deen is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society; was awarded the 2002 Thomas D. Callinan Award from the Electrochemical Society; the Distinguished Researcher Award, Province of Ontario in July 2001, a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2006;  an IBM Faculty Award from IBM Corporation in 2006; ; and the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in 2008.

Dr. Deen has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) - The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (FINAE-Foreign), a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE), a Fellow of The American Physical Society (FAPS), a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society (FECS), a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS), a Fellow of The Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC) and an Honorary Member of the World Innovation Foundation (HonMWIF) – the foundation’s highest honor.


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