United States of America
im Plummer was born in Toronto, Canada. He obtained his BS degree from UCLA and his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. After graduating from Stanford, he worked as a research staff member in the Integrated Circuits Lab at Stanford for several years before joining the Stanford faculty in 1978 as an associate professor. He became professor of electrical engineering in 1983. His career at Stanford has included serving as director of the IC Laboratory, senior associate dean in the School of Engineering, and chair of the Electrical Engineering Department. He was the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the School of Engineering from 1999 until 2014. He also holds the John Fluke Professorship in Electrical Engineering. During his tenure as dean, the school renewed or replaced much of its laboratory and classroom space, dramatically increased the number of students majoring in engineering and created interdisciplinary programs like the Bioengineering Department, which is jointly operated with the medical school, and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) that changed the nature of engineering education. Plummer was a strong advocate as dean, for ensuring that engineering majors take advantage of the full set of opportunities at a liberal arts institution like Stanford.
Plummer studies both the physics which govern device operation in silicon integrated circuits and the technology used to fabricate these circuits. Recent work is aimed at extending silicon device structures into nanoscale dimensions.His research also explores the scaling limits of silicon technology and the application of this technology outside traditional integrated circuits.
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