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John D. Cressler

Schlumberger Chair Professor in Electronics, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

John Cressler

Professor Cressler grew up in Georgia and received his B.S. degree in Physics from Georgia Tech in 1984. From 1984 until 1992 he was on the research staff at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. In 1992, he left IBM Research to pursue his dream of becoming a professor, and joined the faculty at Auburn University, where he served until 2002, when he left to join Georgia Tech. He is presently the Schlumberger Chair Professor in Electronics at Georgia Tech.

Professor Cressler is interested in the understanding, development, and application of new types of silicon-based bandgap-engineered microelectronic devices and circuits for high-speed electronics in emerging 21st century communications systems. He and his team have published over 600 technical papers in this field, and he has written five non-fiction books (two for general audiences). Professor Cressler has recently become enamored with writing historical fiction, and his debut novel, Emeralds of the Alhambra, a love story set in medieval Muslim Spain, was released in June of 2013 by Sunbury Press. His second novel, Shadows in the Shining City, the second book in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, will be released in June. His hobbies include wine collecting, cooking, gardening, and hiking.

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Silicon-Germanium (SiGe) microelectronic devices and technology
  • Si-based RF/microwave/mm-wave heterostructure devices and circuits
  • Radiation effects in electronics
  • Cryogenic electronics
  • Reliability physics and modeling
  • Transistor-level numerical simulation and compact circuit modeling


Awards and Distinctions: 
  • 2012-present, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
  • 2013 Georgia Tech Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award
  • 2011, IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award
  • 2001, IEEE Fellow
  • 2000, IEEE Third Millennium Medal
  • 1998, Technical Program Chair, IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference
  • 1996, C. Holmes MacDonald National Outstanding Teacher Award (Eta Kappa Nu)
  • 1994, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award


  • Faculty, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Director, SiGe Devices and Circuits Group
  • Affiliate Faculty, Georgia Electronic Design Center


Applied Physics, Columbia University, 1990
Applied Physics, Columbia University, 1987
Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984