Sadasivan Shankar
Associate, Harvard University


Sadasivan Shankar is an Associate in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and was the first Margaret and Will Hearst Visiting Lecturer in Harvard University. In fall 2013, as the first Distinguished Scientist in Residence at the Institute of Applied Computational Sciences in Harvard, he co-instructed a graduate-level class on Computational Materials Design, on fundamental atomic and quantum techniques and practical applications for new materials by design. He has also co-developed and co-instructed classes on Extreme Computing for Real Applications and Mitigating Toxicity by Materials Design. He is involved in research in the areas of materials, chemistry, multi-scale and non-equilibrium methods, and large-scale computational methods.

Dr. Shankar and his team have enabled several critical technology decisions in the semiconductor industrial applications of chemistry, materials, processing, packaging, manufacturing, and design rules for over nine generations of Moore’s law including First advanced process control application in 300 mm wafer technology; introduction of flip-chip packaging, 100% Pb-elimination in microprocessors, analysis of new materials, processing, reactors etc.

Dr. Shankar has been also involved in several collaborative national and international efforts with Semiconductor Research Corporation, SEMATECH, and Semiconductor Industry Association in laying out roadmaps for Process Equipment, Emerging Research on Materials, Devices and initiating research efforts on Nanomaterials. In addition, he has provided inputs to National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Department of Energy, Chemical Industry R&D Roadmap, Integrated Computational Materials and Engineering, President’s Materials Genome Initiative, and NASA Vision 2040 for Computational Design of Materials for highlighting needs in materials research.

Dr. Shankar earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is a co-inventor in over twenty patent filings covering areas in new chemical reactor designs, semiconductor processes, bulk and nano materials, device structures, and algorithms. He is also a co-author in over hundred publications and presentations in measurements, multi-scale and multi-physics methods spanning from quantum scale to macroscopic scales, in the areas of chemical synthesis, plasma chemistry and processing, non-equilibrium electronic, ionic, and atomic transport, energy efficiency of information processing, and machine learning methods for bridging across scales, and estimating complex materials properties and in process control.
Dr. Shankar has also been a Senior Fellow in UCLA Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics during a program on Machine Learning and Many-body Physics (2016), Invited to White House event for Materials Genome (2012), Visiting Lecturer in Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics in UC-SB (2010), Intel Distinguished Lecturer in Caltech (1998) and in MIT (1999). He has also given several colloquia and lectures in universities all over the world. His team’s work was also featured in the journal Science (2012) and in TED (2013).

Dr. Shankar is a co-founder of Material Alchemy, a “last mile” translational and independent venture in materials design for accelerating materials discovery to adoption, with environmental sustainability as a key goal.