The Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
A relentless innovator, Wolfgang Porod—together with fellow Freimann Professor Craig Lent—is the inventor of the Quantum-dot-Cellular Automata (QCA). QCA, a transistor-less paradigm that is poised to become the building block of all future computers, has become known worldwide as “Notre Dame Logic.”
More recently, Porod’s research has focused on the low-energy technologies of magnetic logic. He is the founding director of the Center for Nano Science and Technology, or NDnano, which brings together researchers from multiple disciplines to apply nanoscale technologies to contemporary engineering challenges. Porod’s leadership and research authority have helped to make Notre Dame one of the premier centers for the study of nano science and technology in the world.
In 2009, Porod was named a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow by the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technische Universität München. As such, he is continuing to exploit new physical phenomena at the nanoscale, research consistent with the institute’s “high risk, high reward” motto.
This professorship was established 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 11 Freimann chairs at Notre Dame, all in engineering and physics.