John D. Cressler

John D. Cressler, Ph.D.


Schlumberger Chair Professor of Electronics

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech


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John D. Cressler is Schlumberger Chair Professor of Electronics in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1990. He spent 8 years at IBM Research and 10 years on the faculty at Auburn University before joining Georgia Tech in 2002. His research interests center on the creative use of nanoscale-engineering techniques to enable new approaches to high-speed electronic design and utilization, as required to support the emerging global communications infrastructure. He and his students have published over 500 scientific papers in this field. He has received a number awards for both his research and his teaching, including the 2010 Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award (Georgia Tech's top teaching award), and 2011 IEEE Leon Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award (the IEEE’s top graduate teaching award), and the Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award (Georgia Tech’s top faculty honor). His books include Silicon-Germanium Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors (2003), Reinventing Teenagers: the Gentle Art of Instilling Character in Our Young People (2004), Silicon Heterostructure Handbook: Materials, Fabrication, Devices, Circuits and Applications of SiGe and Si Strained Layer Epitaxy (2006), and Silicon Earth: Introduction to the Microelectronics and Nanotechnology Revolution (2009), and Extreme Environment Electronics (2012). He has just published his first novel, Emeralds of the Alhambra, a love story set in 14th century Muslim Spain. He and his wife Maria have been married for nearly 31 years and are the proud parents of three: Matthew (29), Christina (27) and Joanna (24). They just had their first grandbaby! John's hobbies include hiking, gardening, bonsai, all things Italian, collecting (and drinking!) fine wines, cooking, history, and carving walking sticks, not necessarily in that order. He considers teaching/mentoring to be his primary vocation, with his writing a close second.