Fernando Guarin


Leveraging semiconductor technology for the benefit of society

Thanks to relentless scaling, coupled along with advances in materials and process integration of semiconductor devices have enabled the exponential growth of applications enabling sensors and information technologies that have transformed society. The level of instrumentation grows daily with ever increasing intelligence and ability to communicate and automate many processes and industries in what is now known as the Internet of Things (IoT) at much higher speeds with the upcoming advent of 5G. Thanks to these advances the world is already smaller and flatter. The reality of living in a globally integrated world is upon us and is presenting us with many opportunities and challenges. This increased information content gives us a unique path to alleviate and find solutions to the very serious problems that pose some of the most important issues facing the world today; Climate change, water scarcity, soil depletion, overpopulation and social interaction. As technology advances we must be reminded that we are all now connected – economically, technically and socially, sharing an increasingly fragile planet. But we are also learning that just being connected may not be sufficient. We must solve many problems. As engineers, we have the knowledge and the responsibility to do so. In this talk, we will discuss how advances in semiconductor technology and electron devices have benefited society and the world in which we live. The extraordinary advances in devices and materials have provided us with unprecedented amounts solutions and information at continually decreasing costs. In this lecture I will provide tangible evidence to illustrate how Electron Devices are influencing society, enabling us to better use the energy in a more sustainable manner and changing our interaction with other people near and far. I will also show hoe the Electron Devices Society EDS is funding projects and engaging many talented members to provide tangible solutions. We are now able to provide many people the ability to have access to advanced technology even in the most remote corners of the planet. We must leverage these advances to expand global educational opportunities, access to clean water, all while helping to preserve a sustainable and greener environment. We will provide information on initiatives and access to funding for engineering projects at the local level. Ultimately, we must always bear in mind that the large number of scientific and technological advances must produce tangible results for the benefit and progress of humanity.

Dr. Fernando Guarin is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Global Foundries in East Fishkill New York where he leads the reliability team responsible for the qualification of 5G technologies. He retired from IBM’s SRDC after 27 years as Senior Member of Technical Staff. He earned his BSEE from the “Pontificia Universidad Javeriana”, in Bogotá, Colombia, the M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Arizona, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, NY He has been actively working in microelectronic reliability for over 35 years.
From 1980 until 1988 he worked in the Military and Aerospace Operations division of National Semiconductor Corporation. In 1988 he joined IBM’s microelectronics division where he worked in the reliability physics and modeling of Advanced Bipolar, CMOS and Silicon Germanium BiCMOS technologies. He is currently leading the team qualifying GlobalFoundries RF 5G technology offerings.
Dr. Guarin is an IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Electron Device Society EDS, where he has served in many capacities including; member of the IEEE’s EDS Board of governors, chair of the EDS Education Committee, Secretary for EDS. He was the EDS President 2018-2019.