Penn State graduate recognized for impactful doctoral dissertation


By Sarah Small

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Nasim Imtiaz Khan, who received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Penn State in 2019, recently received the 2020 Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC) Edward J McCluskey Doctoral Thesis Award for his dissertation, “Assuring Security and Reliability of Emerging Non-Volatile Memories.”

The award from the TTTC, which is a professional organization sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society, is given to recognize the “most impactful doctoral student work, to provide students with exposure to the community and prospective employers and to support interaction between academia and industry in the field of test technology,” according to the organization’s website.

The selection process for this award takes place in three phases. In the first phase, papers are selected after peer review from four international conferences. The last two phases include both an evaluation of the papers and presentations by students on their research.

“Nasim is a well-rounded researcher,” said Swaroop Ghosh, Joseph and Janice M. Monkowski Career Development Associate Professor and Khan’s former adviser. “He not only made pioneering research contributions toward security and privacy of emerging Non-Volatile Memories (NVM) but also used his NVM test board to educate the undergraduate students and K-12 teachers.”

Khan received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh in 2014. Before starting his doctoral program in 2016, he was a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Daffodil International University, Bangladesh. His research focused on assuring security and privacy of emerging NVM. Upon receiving his doctorate, Khan joined the Intel Corporation NVM solutions group.


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