Aaron Thean Thean is the Director of HiFES and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He also serves as the Co-Director for A*Star SIMTech – NUS  Joint laboratory for Large-Area Flexible Hybrid Electronics. In addition to his technical responsibilities, Aaron has been appointed as NUS’ Director of Industry Engagement and Partnerships at the Office of Deputy President (Research-Technology) as well.

Prior to joining NUS in 2016, Aaron served as IMEC’s Vice President of Logic Technologies where he led IMEC’s International path-finding research consortium on advanced semiconductor technologies, which included top industry partners like Intel, Samsung, TSMC, Globalfoundries, Qualcomm. Prior to IMEC, he was with Qualcomm in San Diego, California, USA. There, he led the Strategic Silicon Technologies Group responsible for new System-On-Chip technologies. From 2007 to 2009, Aaron led an technology alliance team to develop low-power bulk CMOS technology at IBM East Fishkill, New York. His team developed the Industry’s first foundry-compatible Gate-First High-k Metal-Gate with novel SiGe channel Low-Power bulk CMOS technologies. It enabled some of today’s most successful smart mobile devices in production by the foundry partners.

Aaron started his industry career as a senior staff scientist with Motorola’s Advanced Product Research and Development Laboratory (APRDL) and Freescale Semiconductor. He subsequently led the Novel Device Research Group there in Austin, Texas. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, USA, where he received his B.Sc. (Highest Honors & Graduated as Edmund J. James’ Scholar), M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering. He was awarded the 2001 Gregory Stillman Semiconductor Research Award for his Ph.D. work. He has published over 300 technical papers and holds more than 50 U.S. patents for inventions in the field of advanced electronics. He also serves an editor for the IEEE Electron device letters.

  • 2016
    Recognized as Returning Singaporean Scientist by Singapore’s National Research Foundation
  • 2014
    Compound Semiconductor Industry Innovation award for his research group’s break-through III-V FinFET work
  • 2013
    Best Collaboration Award from Samsung Electronics Korea for R&D collaborations contributing towards its semiconductor R&D Center
  • 2010
    Received the 2010 Young Alumni Achievement Award from his Alma Mater, University of Illinois, for his contribution to advanced transistor R&D

Prof Aaron’s research interests span co-design of novel electronic material, components, circuits and form-factor. Click here for more information about Prof Aaron’s research group and activities.