Hisham Z. Massoud

Hisham Z. Massoud

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hisham Z. Massoud joined the Duke ECE Department in 1983, where is now a Professor. He is the founding director of the Semiconductor Research Laboratory. Professor Massoud has been a research scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., in 1977 and 1980-81, the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina in 1987, the Hewlett-Packard Integrated Circuits Business Division in 1992, and the Max-Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics in 1997 and 1998. He was a visiting professor of ECE at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia in 2012. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Lifetime Fellow of the Electrochemical Society. He was awarded the 2006 Electronics and Photonics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) for his work on ultrathin MOS gate dielectric films.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: CIEMAS Building, Room 3521, Dept of Elec and Comp Eng, Durham, NC 27708-0291
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5257
  • Email Address: massoud@ee.duke.edu


  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 1983
  • M.S. Stanford University, 1976
  • M.S. Cairo University (Egypt), 1975
  • B.S. Cairo University (Egypt), 1973

Research Interests

Professor Massoud is interested in ultrathin gate dielectrics for CMOS ULSI. His interest span the technology, phyiscs, modeling, simulation, and characterization of ultrathin-oxide MOSFETs. He has led a research program in the modeling and simulation of quantum-mechanical carrier tunneling in ultrathin gate dielectrics. He is interested in the effects of gate tunneling on the static, dynamic, and power performance of future generation of MOS integrated circuits. He is also interested in the modeling and simulation of nanoelectronic devices.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Life Fellow. Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2015
  • Electronics and Photonics Division Award. Electrochemical Society. 2006
  • Fellow. Electrochemical Society. 2006
  • Inventor Recognition Award. Semiconductor Research Corporation. 2005

Courses Taught

  • ECE 230L: Introduction to Microelectronic Devices and Circuits
  • ECE 330L: Fundamentals of Microelectronic Devices
  • ECE 331L: Fundamentals of Microelectronic Circuits
  • ECE 526: Semiconductor Devices for Integrated Circuits
  • ECE 529: Digital Integrated Circuits

Representative Publications

  • Ybarra, GA; Collins, LM; Huettel, LG; Coonley, KD; Massoud, HZ; Board, JA; Cummer, SA; Choudhury, RR; Gustafson, MR; Jokerst, NM; Brooke, MA; Willett, RM; Kim, J; Absher, MS, Integrated sensing and information processing theme-based redesign of the undergraduate electrical and computer engineering curriculum at Duke University, Advances in Engineering Education, vol 2 no. 4 (2010) [abs].
  • Ybarra, GA; Collins, LM; Huettel, LG; Massoud, HZ; Board, JA; Brooke, M; Jokerst, NM; Choudhury, RR; Gustafson, MR; Willett, RM; Coonley, K, Integrating sensing and information processing in an electrical and computer engineering undergraduate curriculum, Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE (2009) [10.1109/FIE.2009.5350770] [abs].
  • Coonley, K; Brooke, M; Ethier, P; Massoud, H, Design of a flexible RF data link and associated laboratory curriculum in a first analog electronics and devices course, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings (2009) [abs].
  • Oliver, LD; Chakrabarty, K; Massoud, HZ, Dual-threshold pass-transistor logic design, Proceedings of the ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, GLSVLSI (2009), pp. 291-296 [10.1145/1531542.1531610] [abs].
  • Cheng, C; Lee, J-H; Massoud, HZ; Liu, QH, 3-D self-consistent Schrödinger-Poisson solver: The spectral element method, Journal of Computational Electronics, vol 7 no. 3 (2008), pp. 337-341 [10.1007/s10825-008-0204-8] [abs].