Dr. Irfan Saadat
Dr. Irfan Saadat Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Associate Chair, Graduate Studies

Dr. Irfan Saadat received a B.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering and B.Sc. in Computer Science from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1983, and M.Eng. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1984 and 1990 respectively.

From 1990 to 1989, Dr. Saadat worked with Fairchild Research Center, Santa Clara, CA, USA, which was part of National Semiconductor Corp. He worked on process integration covering Back of End Line (BEOL), Middle of line (MOL), Silicidation and Spin on Dielectrics. He then went to work on Systems on Chip process integration by developing an embedded DRAM on CMOS technology flow of 0.25um node, using stacked capacitor scheme. In 1990, Dr. Saadat moved to PDF Solutions, San Jose, CA, USA, a global leader in Semiconductor manufacturing consulting. Before joining Khalifa University, Dr. Saadat was Senior Engagement Director and Technical Fellow with PDF Solutions. He had been managing PDF engagements with a leading US-based microelectronics company starting from the 90nm node. For the last two years, Dr. Saadat has been managing the 22/20nm CMOS project at a leading global semiconductor alliance. He also worked with various Alliance members in Europe and Asia in technology transfer and ramping.

Dr. Saadat has authored and co-authored more than nine publications in leading semiconductor conferences and journals; and has been granted seven US patents. 

He has also worked on the following projects:

  • MI Cleanroom Commissioning and Research. He was the founding faculty member who ramped and launched the Masdar Institute cleanroom with externally funded research projects and capacity building (material and chemical procurement, transferring technology/processes from MIT and other external collaborator). This is the first UAE-based class 100 clean room. So far, there have been four Ph.D. students and eight M.Sc. students whose research are linked to the use of the MI clean room and associated facilities.
  • Applied and secured $3M+ external research funding from Mubadala, SRC and ADNOC.
  • Coordinator of GenEd Program at Masdar 2012-2016. This program was developed to help UAE nationals who could not get direct admission in MSc program at MI.
  • Accreditation for graduate EECS program since the merger.
  • Global Technology Transfer. Planned and managed advanced microelectronic technology development from central R&D labs at IBM/GF/Samsung Alliance to global manufacturing locations. Experience involves continuous assessment of technology options to enable a manufacturable and economically feasible solution.
  • Integration of business negotiation, economic analysis and engineering hands on experience. This led to very successful handling of relations across the vertical client organization: starting from senior executives to sell the project, plant manager’s to align goals, and down to sector level engineers to implement the strategy. Experience spans organization from the US, Japan, and Asia.
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University (USA), 1990
  • M.Eng., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University (USA), 1984
  • B.Sc., Computer Science, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia), 1983
  • B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia), 1983
Teaching Areas
  • Electronics
  • Nano/Micro-System Fabrication
  • VLSI and 2D materials Technology
Research Interests
  • Nano-fabrication
  • Nano-electronics
  • 2D materials systems and sensors