W. Robert Daasch, Ph.D., Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robert Daasch, Ph.D., professor and director of the Integrated Circuits (IC) Design and Test Laboratory, came to Portland State University in 1986. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Washington, and a B.S. in chemistry with high scholarship, Oregon State University.
Upon completing his Ph.D., Dr. Daasch did post-doctorate research for a semiconductor group for two years, gaining experience in the semiconductor field. He was a visiting professor for the next two years at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
At PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, he teaches senior and graduate level courses in digital VLSI (very large-scale integration) design and semiconductor test. His students have landed jobs at Texas Instruments, Inc.; IBM Corporation; Micron Technology, Inc; Tektronix, Inc.; Intel Corporation; Credence Systems Corporation; and Mentor Graphics.
The IC Design and Test Lab was dedicated in January 2000. It contains approximately $3.5 million in equipment and has annual research expenditures of $200,000 to support four or five graduate students each year. Research partners are Credence Systems Corporation, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Texas Instruments, IBM Corporation, LSI Logic Corporation, and Octavian Scientific, Inc.
Dr. Daasch is considered an expert in integrated circuit design. In October 2006, he was a plenary invited speaker at the International Text Conference in Santa Clara, California. His talk is featured in the following news articles: "ITC: Testing new nanomaterials," Test & Measurement World website, October 2006; and "Test challenges could trump future chip designs, expert warns," EETimes, October 2006.
Dr. Daasch's professional memberships include IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Sigma Xi Society, Phi Kappa Phi, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, and IEEE Electron Devices Society. He also serves on the technical board for PSU's new Center for Electron Microscopy.
Ultimately, Robert Daasch loves the life of a professor, which is not surprising as he comes from a three-generation legacy of educators. His grandfather was a mechanical engineering professor and he remembers growing up surrounded by Ph.D. students.