Program Manager, New Devices and Architectures for Computing
Thomas Theis received a B.S. degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1972, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University in 1974 and 1978, respectively. A portion of his Ph.D. research was done at the Technical University of Munich, where he completed a postdoctoral year before joining IBM Research in 1979.
Dr. Theis joined the Semiconductor Science and Technology Department at IBM Watson Research Center in December of 1978. Since then he has made important contributions to the understanding of conduction in wide-band-gap insulators and donors in III-V compound semiconductors, and has contributed as a manager and technical strategist to the development of technology products. While in the position of Senior Manager, Silicon Science and Technology, he coordinated the transfer of copper interconnection technology from IBM Research to the IBM Microelectronics Division. The replacement of aluminum chip wiring by copper in the late 1990s was an industry first, the biggest change in chip wiring technology in thirty years, and involved close collaboration between research, product development, and manufacturing organizations. As IBM’s world-wide director for research in the physical sciences from 1998 to 2010, he championed successful new research initiatives in nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, exploratory memory devices, quantum computing and “green” technology. In June of 2010, he assumed his present position as Program Manager, New Devices and Architectures for Computing.
Dr. Theis is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and serves on numerous advisory boards and committees. He served on the National Academies committees that authored the first and second triennial reports on the National Nanotechnology Initiative, and recently served on the committee that authored the Report to the President and Congress on the Third Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. He has authored or co-authored over 60 scientific and technical publications.