The Frank M. Freimann Director of the Low Energy Systems Technology Center (LEAST)
Dr. Seabaugh is a professor of electrical engineering and the director of LEAST (www.least.nd.edu), where he and his colleagues are developing devices that can work at lower voltage than traditional semiconductor devices and thereby dramatically lower the power of integrated circuits. Established in 2013, LEAST is a microelectronics research center funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the continued growth and leadership of the U.S. semiconductor industry.
With Notre Dame, LEAST has nine partner universities exploring new concepts for energy-efficient devices. One of the devices under exploration is the tunnel field-effect transistor (FET)(http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/devices/the-tunneling-transistor). Research in LEAST builds on research in TFETs developed in the Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND), an SRC center based at Notre Dame that provided the first demonstrations of compound semiconductor tunnel FETs (www.mind.nd.edu). Dr. Seabaugh served as director of Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND) until its completion in 2014.
Prior to joining Notre Dame in 1999, Seabaugh worked for Raytheon Systems Company, Texas Instruments, and the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology). In 2003, he was elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “for contributions to high speed and nanoelectronic device and circuit technology.” In 2011, he received the Quantum Devices Award for “seminal contributions and leadership in semiconductor devices and circuits based on quantum mechanical tunneling.”
The Frank M. Freimann Director of the Low Energy Systems Technology Center (LEAST) was established in 2013 with earnings from a gift of the Freimann Charitable Trust, made in honor of Frank Freimann, a pioneer of the electronics industry and former chief executive officer of Magnavox. There are now 11 Freimann chairs at Notre Dame, all in engineering and physics.