Hosted by the Department of Electronics, Carleton University and IEI Ottawa EDS/SSCS/CASS Joint Chapter

Speaker: Dr. Kenneth D. Wagner, ITAC Semiconductor Microsystems Council Chairman; Adjunct Professor, McGill University ECE; Distinguished Engineer, PMC-Sierra, Inc.

Topic: Challenging Problems and Opportunities in Semiconductors and Microsystems

DATE:   Thursday,  March 26, 2015
TIME:   2:30pm – 3:45pm
PLACE:   ME3380, Carleton University,  Mackenzie Engineering Building, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Refreshments will be served.

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This Seminar is meant to expose students, researchers and industry professionals to the challenges and opportunities facing the semiconductor industry today. It will be followed during 2015 by additional in-depth seminars on specific topics of interest. The Seminar will survey contemporary problems associated with semiconductor development and production. Topics to be reviewed include device power reduction, power and signal integrity, low cost high capacity functional verification (simulation, validation and emulation), embedded firmware and software development, the 3rd party semiconductor IP ecosystem and the evolution of the fabless semiconductor industry. Each topic will be covered in a format that highlights the challenges and opportunities to be found in contemporary microsystem development. The format is meant to be an open exchange where audience members are encouraged to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.Speakers’ Bio
Dr. Kenneth Wagner has over 25 years experience in the semiconductor industry as an engineer, researcher and manager in Silicon Valley, New York and Canada. He has been based in Canada since 2001. He was named Chairman of the Strategic Microsystems Council ( and helps its member companies focus on the infrastructure to refresh microsystems and related activities in Canada.
Ken joined PMC-Sierra, Inc. in 2000 as Director of Design Services and CAD. In that role, he managed the corporate IC design infrastructure for ASIC/SOC/ASSP development. Then, as Vice-President of Engineering for the Communication Products Division, he managed the development of wireline and wireless backhaul platforms for telecommunications. Now, as a Distinguished Engineer in the IC Technology Group, he leads advanced CAD R&D, including next generation implementation methodology, low power initiatives and embedded software – to enable development and manufacture of networking and storage ICs in advanced process nodes. Ken also developed PMC’s internal procedures for coordinating silicon and software IP, services and CAD tools procurement.
From 1998-2000, Ken worked for several Silicon Valley fabless IC startups directing design and implementation of video and graphics devices. At S3 from 1997-98, Ken was responsible for design and test methodologies used for PC graphics ICs. At Synopsys from 1993-96, he managed software R&D for its EDA Test and DFT products. And at IBM from 1986-93, he was a Senior Engineer in the EDA organization consulting, teaching and developing new design and DFT methodologies and software for complex ICs. Earlier in his career he designed mainframes at Amdahl and wrote business-related software.
Ken is active on the ISLPED 2015 Program Committee and he is the past Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Design and Test of Computers and past Chairman of the International Test Synthesis Workshop. He holds six patents and a First Plateau Patent award from IBM Corporation as well as multiple patents from other organizations. Ken is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society and an IEEE CAS member. He has taught and participated in numerous graduate courses, tutorials and panels. Ken spent 1992 as an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow in Washington, DC. Ken received several scholarships including the Canada NSERC scholarship from 1979-86. Ken has also authored numerous professional publications.
Ken received his MSEE and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Ken is also an Adjunct Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at McGill University.  He teaches and trains engineering professionals at IEEE conferences and other events.