Keynote speaker Eric Fossum will be interviewed for Pioneers On-Air series. The video will play live on Facebook. This is your chance to ask him your questions.
Pioneers On-Air consists of a 20 minute live interview and a 10 minute Q&A with the audience on Facebook. The speaker will have a chance to talk about his topic in a more personal way.
The video will also be recorded and added to the KAUST YouTube channel later on.
Dr. Eric Fossum is a Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and Director of the School’s Ph.D. Innovation Program. He is a semiconductor device physicist and engineer specializing in image sensor He is best known for the invention of the CMOS image sensor now used in billions of cameras. He was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2011 and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. In 2017, it was announced he would receive the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the highest global prize in engineering.
He received his B.S. in Physics and Engineering from Trinity College, Connecticut USA in 1979, his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1984 and became an EE faculty member at Columbia University. In 1990, he was recruited to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech where he managed JPL’s image sensor and focal-plane technology R&D and invented the CMOS image sensor. He then co-founded and led Photobit Corporation to commercialize the technology. Photobit was acquired by Micron in 2001. He later served as CEO of Siimpel Corporation to commercialize MEMS auto-focus actuators for camera phones. He worked with Samsung Electronics before joining Dartmouth in 2010. He has published over 290 technical papers and holds over 160 US patents. Dr. Fossum co-founded the International Image Sensor Society (IISS) and served as first President.
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