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Encore - SSCS Webinar for Young Excellence - To Academia, or to Industry, That is the Question. - Kofi Makinwa & Shih-Lien (Linus) Lu

9:00 AM ET
Webinar - Online
Abira Altvater –


Abstract: You are about to finish graduate school or perhaps a young or seasoned professional, contemplating a career transition.  Which is better - a career in academia or industry? What are the pros and cons of one versus the other? How can you start exploring and build up your career accordingly? In this webinar, we will interview Dr. Linus Lu, a professor-turned-industry veteran, and Prof. Kofi Makinwa, an industry veteran-turned-professor, who will share their insights and perspectives from their personal journeys in both academia and industry careers. They will also address what triggered their transitions, how they staged their transitions, and offer their crystal ball projections on present and future career prospects in the solid-state-circuits profession.

Biography of Speakers

Shih-Lien (Linus) Lu is currently serving as the Chief Solutions Officer of PieceMakers Technology. He was a Director at TSMC Research and Development from 2016 to 2021. From 1999 to 2016, he was with Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, Oregon, where he was a research scientist, a research group manager, and later the Director of Memory Architecture Lab. He served on the faculty of the ECE Department at the Oregon State University as an Assistant Professor from 1991 to 1995 and as a tenured Associate Professor until 2001 (on leave the last two years). From 1984 to 1991, he worked on the MOSIS project at USC/ISI which provides research and education community VLSI fabrication services. His research interests include computer architecture, memory system and circuits, low power VLSI design, and hardware security. An IEEE Fellow, Shih-Lien received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and M.S. and Ph.D. both in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA. He and his wife raised four adult sons.

Kofi Makinwa is a Professor at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. From 1989 to 1999, he was a research scientist at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees (1985, 1988) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria, an M.E.E. degree (1989) from the Philips International Institute, Eindhoven, The Netherlands and a Ph.D. degree (2004) from Delft University of Technology. His main research interests are the design of precision analog circuits and sensor interfaces. This has resulted in 16 books, over 250 technical papers, and over 30 patents. He is the co-recipient of 16 best paper awards, from the JSSC, ISSCC, VLSI, ESSCIRC and Transducers among others, and is an ISSCC top-10 contributor. Prof. Makinwa has been on the program committees of several IEEE conferences, and has served the Solid-State Circuits Society as a distinguished lecturer and as a member of the AdCom. He is currently the Analog Subcom chair of the ISSCC, a member of the editorial board of the Proceedings of the IEEE, and a co-organizer of the Advances in Analog Circuit Design workshop and the Sensor Interfaces Meeting. He is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.