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Kelin Jo Kuhn

Adjunct Professor
Materials Science and Engineering


Dr. Kuhn received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (magna cum laude) in 1980 and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 1985. From 1987-1997 she held faculty positions at the University of Washington (in Seattle) in the order of Research Assistant Professor (Materials Science and Engineering), Assistant Professor (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Associate Processor (Electrical and Computer Engineering). She left the University in 1997 as a tenured Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. During this period in her career, her expertise included III-V molecular beam epitaxy and optoelectronics. Key milestones during this period of her career include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator award (1991-6), the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award (1995), and single-author on a textbook (Laser Engineering, Prentice-Hall, 1998, ISBN 0-02366921-7). 

From 1997-2014 she held technical positions at the Intel Corporation (in Hillsboro) in the order Senior Process Engineer, Principal Engineer, Sr. Principal Engineer, and Intel Fellow. She retired from Intel in 2014 as an Intel Fellow in the Technology and Manufacturing Group and Director of Advanced Device Technology. During this period in her career her expertise included process integration and device physics. She was involved in Intel's CMOS manufacturing process technology development for the 0.35 micron, 130nm, 90nm, 45nm, 22nm, 14nm, 10nm and 7nm technology nodes. Key milestones during this period of her career include, the IEEE Paul Rappaport Award (2013), IEEE Fellow (2011) and two Intel Achievement Awards (Intel’s highest technical award) one IAA 2006 (for HiK-MG) and one IAA 2008 (for key contributions to Intel’s 22nm TriGate technology). 

From 2014-2015, she held the Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professorship at Cornell, with a focus on Materials Science and Engineering. She continues a strong relationship with Cornell, presently holding an adjunct Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering. Her work at Cornell includes spintronics and beyond CMOS technology. Key milestones during this period of her career include the IEEE Frederik Philips Award (2016), and publication of CMOS and Beyond: Logic Switches for Terascale Integrated Circuits (Co-editor with Prof. Tsu Jae King Liu, Cambridge Press, 2015).   

She presently is the Director of Advanced Device Technology at Confluence Technology Services and an editor for IEEE Electron Device Letters.

Selected Awards and Honors

National Academy of Engineering member, 2023


B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Washington 1980

M.S. and Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University 1985