Ph.D. Ilke Ercan
Ilke Ercan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working under supervision of Professor Udo Schwalke, Institute for Semiconductor Technology and Nanoelectronics, and Professor Alfred Nordmann, Institute for Philosophy, at TU Darmstadt. She earned her doctorate degree in February 2014, under Professor Neal G. Anderson's supervision, from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has an M.S.E.C.E. with concentration of Electrophysics from the same department, a B.S. in Physics and a minor degree in Philosophy and History of Science from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Formerly, she held Visiting Faculty position at the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, MA. Following the completion of her research at TU Darmstadt, she will continue her academic career as an Assistant Professor of Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Her research focuses on limitations of energy efficiencies in emerging nanoelectronic technologies. For her PhD dissertation, she developed a methodology that enables calculation of fundamental bounds on energy dissipation for digital nanocomputing paradigms and illustrated its applications to prominent emerging nanocomputing proposals. Currently, she is focusing on expanding the breadth of nanoelectronic technology bases that can be studied by using this methodology, and developing techniques to assess performance limitations of non-conventional post-CMOS technology proposals. In addition, she is also working on an interdisciplinary research project focusing on rendering the fundamental lower bounds functional by building tools to utilize these calculations in determining the nature of trends in computation. Her goal is to contribute to techniques for nanotechnology assessment that could enrich the strategic planning of emerging electronic technologies.