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2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

For sustained leadership and technical contributions to research and development for foundry advanced CMOS logic transistor technology.

Carlos Diaz

Carlos Diaz

PhD '93

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)

San Jose, CA

Carlos H. Diaz has spent the last 20 years working for the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. His technical success, collaborative spirit, and leadership helped him advance in the company, becoming the Director of Advanced Transistor Technology Division, the Director of Logic Advanced Development Division, and now the Senior Director of Corporate Research. He continues to be at the
heart of a wide range of products, notably developing seven generations of foundry technologies, including nodes that enabled many other companies to realize innovations in cellular, smartphone, and graphics applications. 
Prior to TSMC, he was a member of the technical staff at Hewlett-Packard Co where he designed and built a transmission line pulse (TLP) tester that was among the best in use at that time. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and physics and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota-Colombia, coming to ECE ILLINOIS for his PhD.
Diaz has published over 100 journal and conference papers, holds over 100 U.S. patents, and published one book. He served in the IEEE IEDM Technical and Executive Committees and the technical program committees for the IEEE VLSI, SSDM, SISPAD, IRPS, and EOS/ESD international conferences and symposiums. He also served at the International Roadmap for Semiconductors executive
committee. Dr. Diaz was elected an IEEE Fellow in 2008 for his contributions to deep-submicron foundry technology. 
In 2011, he was co-recipient of Annual Innovation Breakthrough Award, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan R.O.C., conferred to TSMC’s 28nm logic technology. He was the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Andrew Grove Award for sustained contributions to and leadership in foundry advanced CMOS logic transistor technology.