Smart Multifunctional Electronic Devices for IoT and Healthcare Applications

Material Science and Engineering and Applied Physics Graduate Seminar


We live in the age of information where electronics play a critical role in our daily life. Moore’s Law: performance over cost has inspired innovation in complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology and enabled high performance, ultra-scaled CMOS electronics. Moving forward as Internet of Everything (IoE) with advanced energy harvesting technologies seamlessly connects people, process, device and data – can CMOS technology be expanded further to achieve new features in CMOS electronics while maintaining and/or strengthening existing attributes? Can the existing applications be further strengthened and/or diversified? What potential applications may emerge? 

This talk addresses these questions through two main projects: 1) Smart and multifunctional memory devices (MEMSOR) that can sense and compute, 2) Wearable Octopus-skin inspired 3D-printed biopatches for electrophysiological signal measurement.



Nazek El-Atab is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Principal investigator of the Smart, Advanced Memory devices and Applications lab (SAMA) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. Prof. Nazek El-Atab received her Ph.D. degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2017, under a cooperative program with the MIT and funded by the US Office of Naval Research. Prof. El-Atab’s research interest focuses on the design and fabrication of smart memory and electronic devices and their applications, including in-memory computing and in-memory sensing.

Prof. El-Atab has received several awards for her research, including the 2015 For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship by L’Oreal-UNESCO, the 2016 IEEE Nanotechnology Student Travel Award, the 2017 International Rising Talents Award by L’Oreal-UNESCO, and was portrayed in the 2019 “Remarkable Women in Technology” by UNESCO. Prof. El-Atab was also selected to participate in the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany, was selected among the 2020 UC Berkeley EECS Rising Stars, among the 10 Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review Arabia in 2020, and as a “NEOM Changemaker” in 2021. She has published over 60 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings, 2 book chapters, 2 books and 10 filed U.S. patents. She is an IEEE Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer. Her research has been highlighted extensively in international media including in IEEE Spectrum, National Geographic, BBC, MIT Technology Review, Sky News Arabia, MBC, etc.


Assistant Professor Nazek El-Atab

Electrical and Computer Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

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05 Oct, 2023
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
KAUST, Bldg. 9, Level 2, Lecture Hall 1