BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Robert Pearson received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from RIT and his Ph.D from SUNY Buffalo. After graduation he worked in the semiconductor industry before returning to teach at RIT as the first faculty member hired by the Microelectronic Engineering program. After helping to establish the RIT Microelectronic Engineering program he left RIT to be a founding faculty member of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering in 1997 and supervise the start-up of their new clean-room and microelectronics program. He returned to RIT in 2003 and in 2008 he became the Microelectronic Engineering program director. He teaches VLSI design, semiconductor processing, semiconductor devices, memory systems and electronics.
His research interests include semiconductor processing (devices) and micro-electro-mechanical systems design, simulation, fabrication and testing. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a life member of the Electron Devices Society and Eta Kappa Nu. He is a member of the University Government Industry Microelectronics Symposium steering committee and a member of the SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference Technical Committee.
Selected recent publications and presentations
Pearson, Robert, “History of the University Government Industry Microelectronics Symposium”, 19th University Government Industry Micro/Nanoelectronics Symposium, July 2012, Berkeley CA.
Pearson, Robert; “On the Co-Evolution of Microelectronic Engineering Laboratories and Education at RIT”, 19th University Government Industry Micro/Nanoelectronics Symposium”, July 2012, Berkeley CA.
Pearson, Robert, Hirschman, Karl and Manley, Robert; “Process Model Verification for Dopant Segregation and Oxidation Enhanced Diffusion”, 17th University Government Industry Microelectronics Symposium, Louisville, Kentucky, July 2008.
Pearson, Robert; Fuller, Lynn and Puchades, Ivan; “MEMS Fabrication Course for Pressure Sensors, Flow Sensors, Fluidic Channels and Micro-Pumps”, 17th University Government Industry Microelectronics Symposium, Louisville, Kentucky, July 2008
In the News
July 31, 2023
Matt Hartensveld named as a SEMICON West 20 Under 30 future microelectronics industry leader
From building a cleanroom in his family home while he was in high school to becoming an entrepreneur and Ph.D., it is no wonder that RIT alumnus Matt Hartensveld is viewed as a future leader in the microelectronics industry. He was recently named SEMICON West 20 under 30 awardee, given by the organization to recognize the microelectronic industry’s brightest young leaders.
July 29, 2022
‘Cautiously optimistic:’ RIT professor discusses chip bill
WROC-TV talks to Robert Pearson, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering, about a bill to boost the semiconductor industry.
August 18, 2021
Podcast: The Supply Chain Struggles to Send Semiconductors
Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 51: Complex manufacturing processes of semiconductors and growing demands along the global supply chain for computer chips is impacting numerous industries. Robert Pearson, professor of microelectronic engineering, and Steven Carnovale, assistant professor of supply chain management, discuss how the semiconductor supply chain has been disrupted.