Dim-Lee Kwong’s vision, technical knowledge, and leadership have transformed the Singapore Institute of Microelectronics (IME) into a world-class research organization. IME’s executive director since 2005, Dr. Kwong has bolstered the reputation of IME’s nanoelectronics, microelectromechanical systems, silicon photonics, bioelectronics, and miniaturized medical devices programs. His strategic collaborative partnerships formed with multinational companies have injected new knowledge into the microelectronics industry. IME’s Silicon Photonics Program is one of the many programs successfully developed under Dr. Kwong. Launched in 2006, it established a cost-effective silicon photonic technology platform offering a photonics-ready, cost-shared silicon foundry service, attracting international companies and universities wanting to prototype their products. Dr. Kwong spearheaded a three-party R&D foundry business model in which IME provides access to foundry-compatible services and small-scale pilot production capabilities and works closely with wafer foundries and packaging houses. This provides a bridge to high-volume production to accelerate “More than Moore” industry development.
Prior to joining IME, Dr. Kwong was the Earl N. and Margaret Bransfield Endowed Professor at the University of Texas, Austin. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kwong is currently the executive director of the Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore and a professor at the National University of Singapore.