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Dr. Souvik Kundu

 
Degree
 
Ph.D. (IIT Kharagpur)
Thesis: Effect of Interface Passivation on the Electrical Characteristics of GaAs Based Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Capacitors.
 
MS in Electronics
Thesis: Simulation of AlGaAs/GaAs Heterojunction High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMT) Using TCAD-Silvaco. 
 
Professional Experience
 
2015 - Present: Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, BITS-Pilani, India 
 
2014 - 2015: Research Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA.
 
2013 - 2014: Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University, USA.
 
2012 - 2013: Postdoctoral Fellow at IIT Bombay, India. 
 
Professional Early Career Member of American Vacuum Societies (AVS), USA. 
 
Awards/Recognition 
 
1. 2 years research grants from the NanoScience Technology Center, University of Central Florida, USA for pursuing photovoltaic/optical research.
2. 1 year visiting scholar award (with fellowship) at the Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research-Mumbai, India.
3. 1 year prestigious PBC fellowship by Govt. of Israel for performing cutting edge research at Israel Institute of Technology, Technion, Israel.
4. One of the research papers highlighted in Canada’s technical magazine “Advances in Engineering”.
5. National Scholarship awarded (Institute scholarship for 5 + 2 = 7 years) by IIT (MHRD) for pursuing Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Research in India.
6. Qualified national level examination ‘Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering’ (GATE) in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
 
 Reviewing
 
Journals (on going, as requested) 
  • IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (IEEE-TED)
  • IEEE Sensors
  • Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A/B
  • Applied Surface Science
  • Materials Science in Semiconductor Processings
 Contact Details
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Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Office: D-223 
BITS-Pilani (Hyderabad Campus)
Jawahar Nagar, Shameerpet Mandal,
Hyderabad - 500078, Telangana, India
Email: souvik.kundu @ hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in or souvikelt @ gmail.com
Phone: +91-406-6303-681 (Off) 
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About the Faculty
 
   Souvik Kundu is currently Assistant Professor (from July'2015) in the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus. Prior to join BITS-Pilani, he was a Postdoctoral Research Faculty in the CEHMS, Department of Mechanical Engineering (adjunct with Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering), Virginia Tech, USA since January, 2014. At VT, his one of the research work was focused on ferroelectric materials based non-volatile memory devices for high-speed ultra-low power energy efficient ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM) and memristors for resistive RAM applications. Apart from the memory device research work, he also investigated the photovoltaic properties of ferroelectric materials and his main aim was to improve the performance parameters for ferroelectric solar cells. He was also engaged in research and development program on fabrication of silica diaphragm micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) based pressure sensor for SA Photonics, California. Before joining VT, Souvik was responsible for research and development of flexible dual-function glucose sensing and hormone delivery catheter for use within an artificial pancreas. He worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Oregon State University, USA. He was also involved to perform research and development work on glucose sensing catheter for Pacific Diabetes Technologies, Portland, USA. Souvik has performed organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells and quantum dots embedded non-volatile memory research work at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay before moving to USA. He proposed the device mechanism and formulated many new ideas to improve the performances of III-V MOS based memory devices. He earned his Ph.D. (August, 2009 – 2012) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and his thesis work was on interface engineering in GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor devices for improving its electrical performances. During his Ph.D., he also carried out several other research projects, viz. 1) GaAs MOS based flash memory, 2) Direct growth of InP quantum dots on Si for monolithic integration, 3) MOCVD grown ZnO nanorods, its doping behavior, electrical transport properties and applications in sensors, and 4) ZnO based thin-film transistors and hybrid Schottky devices. He has established many new exciting ideas to develop the device fabrication principles and novel design concepts for future generation microlectronic devices. He also proposed new physics in order to understand the device operation principles.
 
   Souvik is interested in exploring new electronic materials, novel fabrication techniques and novel device concepts for future nanoelectronics - Non-volatile Memory, Resistive switching, Ferroelectric/Semiconductor Heterojunction Solar Cells, Oxides Electronics, etc. He has published over 25 international journal papers in reputed journals (such as Nature SREP, AIP, ACS, Springer, Elsevier, etc), 2 book chapters for Springer & Elsevier, and presented his work in 12 international conferences in USA, Hong-Kong, Singapore and India during last 4 years. He also delivered few invited lectures hosted by different institutes in India and USA, such as University of Texas, San Antonio, IISc Bangalore, IIT-Bombay, TIFR-Mumbai, IIT-Guwahati, IIT-Hyderabad, IIT Indore, IIT Goa, University of Hyderabad, and Calcutta University. 
 
   Apart from his professional work, Souvik is also interested in several other activities, such as Biking or Hiking on the mountains; rafting on high current rivers; skydiving from aeroplane; Ziplining between high altitude hills and ice sliding. He has performed many such activities in different states in USA, Singapore, and in India. He is also up for sports such as cricket, racquet balls, lawn tennis, and caroms. In his free time, he also likes to cook different cuisines.
 
 
 
 
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