Santosh K. Kurinec
Santosh K. Kurinec’s graduate-level approach to undergraduate education has inspired students to become high-level microelectronics engineers. Dr. Kurinec has directed an undergraduate program in microelectronics at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where the education and welfare of students, not just research results, are central to the mission. She has provided undergraduate students with a learning environment normally tailored to graduate students, establishing unique courses and laboratories incorporating research and design projects with real-world relevancy. Her efforts have resulted in the modernization of teaching laboratories and establishment of cutting-edge program tracks at RIT. Dr. Kurinec joined the RIT Microelectronic Engineering Department in 1988. She emphasized providing all undergraduate students with research experience through class projects. Dr. Kurinec has advised over 150 projects over the past 15 years, providing students with hands-on experience for a wide range of microfabrication processes. As department head from 2001–2009, she developed many new degree programs in micro- and nanoelectronics.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kurinec is currently a professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering with the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.