Tensymp 2020


Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, PhD

Professor, Electrical Engineering, KAUST
Professor, EECS, University of California Berkeley, USA
Fellow of IEEE

Short Bio:

Mustafa (PhD, ECE, UT Austin, Dec 2005) is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, KAUST (since Fall 2009) and EECS, UC Berkeley (since Spring 2019). He was Program Manager in SEMATECH (2008-2009) and Process Integration Lead for 22 nm node FinFET CMOS in Texas Instruments (2006-2008). His research is focused on futuristic electronics which has received support from DARPA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, GSK-Novartis, Saudi ARAMCO and SABIC. He has authored 350+ research papers and patents. His students are working in MIT Media Lab, Stanford, Caltech, UC Berkeley, Harvard, UCLA, Intel, TSMC, and DOW Chemicals. He is a Fellow of IEEE, American Physical Society and Institute of Physics (UK), a distinguished lecturer of IEEE Electron Devices Society, and an Editor of IEEE T-ED. His research has been extensively highlighted by international media (CNN, Fox News, Washington Post, WSJ, IEEE Spectrum, etc.) including being featured by Scientific American as one of the top 10 world changing ideas in 2014. He has received 45 international awards including Best Innovation Award, CES 2020, Edison Award 2020, Texas Exes Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2015, IEEE R5 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award 2016, DOW Sustainability Challenge Award 2012, Applied Physics Letters Best Featured Articles 2015, 2019, etc.


Empowering Humanity with Accessible and Sustainable Electronic Technology


We always hear about smart cities, but rarely, we hear about smart villages although nearly half of the world’s population live in rural areas. While today’s most advanced technologies are geared toward a more digital future, precision healthcare, enhanced convenience and safety – but they are mostly for those who can afford them easily and most probably they already live a more comfortable life. It might alarming that in addition to gross income inequality, there is increasingly rise of gross technological inequality. Therefore, by developing accessible (affordable and simple) electronic technologies with sustainable materials and processes and for sustainable applications, we can assist those billions to augment the quality of their life.
Therefore, we are singularly focused on developing and deploying democratized electronics. Electronics which are carefully designed and optimally crafted using non-functionalized sustainable household materials, environmentally benign processes and assembled through Do-It-Yourself (DIY) integration strategies. Our objective is to develop electronics which are simple to learn and easy to use. Therefore, we are making them interactive thus anyone can use them – anyone from any age group without any language or financial barrier. Additionally, we are testing an ad-hoc manufacturing ecosystem to use local sustainable materials and skills to provide local solutions with global impact. We use minimalist approach in context of using CMOS electronics for data and cost management. A few applications will be shown focusing on paper skin, paper watch, wearable stethoscope, and oddly enough how such low-cost technology can be used to fight against medication related overdose or addiction. Finally, how CMOS technology has been used for energy-environment-water applications will be shown briefly through thermoelectric windows, microbial fuel cells and spherical solar cells.