Patrick Fay

Compound Semiconductor Devices

University of Notre Dame
Electrical Engineering
261 Fitzpatrick Hall
Notre Dame IN 46556
Phone: +1 574 631 5693
Fax: +1 574 631 4393



Patrick Fay is a Professor in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996.  His research interests include the design, fabrication, and characterization of compound semiconductor devices for power, microwave, and millimeter-wave applications, as well as the development and use of micromachining techniques for the fabrication of microwave through sub-millimeter-wave components and packaging.  His recent work has focused on the use of polarization-engineered III-N heterostructures for non-traditional applications including ultra-low-power devices for logic, novel devices for RF/mm-wave switching and routing for advanced communication systems, as well as the exploitation of device nonlinearities for detection and signal processing applications.  He established the High Speed Circuits and Devices Laboratory at Notre Dame, which includes comprehensive device and circuit characterization capabilities at frequencies up to 1 THz.  He also oversaw the design, construction, and commissioning of the 9000 sq. ft. class 100 cleanroom housed in Stinson-Remick Hall at Notre Dame, and has served as the director of this facility since 2003.  Prof. Fay is a fellow of the IEEE and an Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer, served as a member of the EDS Board of Governors from 2015-2017, and served on the IEDM technical program and executive committees from 2007-2016.  He has published 9 book chapters and more than 300 articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings.