The Use of TCAD Simulations in Semiconductor Devices Teaching

Xeni, N., Ghannam, R. , Georgiev, V. , Adamu-Lema, F., Badami, O. and Asenov, A. (2020) The Use of TCAD Simulations in Semiconductor Devices Teaching. Transnational Engineering Education Using Technology Workshop (TREET 2020), Glasgow, UK, 31 Jul 2020. ISBN 9781728188515 (doi: 10.1109/TREET50959.2020.9189752)

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Semiconductor devices have come a long way since the invention of the point contact transistor in 1947. These tiny devices transform and shape our lives and will continue to do so in ways we have yet to discover. Skills and knowledge in semiconductor devices are therefore essential for the development of a more sustainable world. Nevertheless, the ways we teach semiconductor devices are still rooted in 20th century textbooks and methods. Learning methods and materials therefore need to be updated so that students learn in ways that are appropriate for the global, dynamic and transnational environments in which they will work. Our methodology relied on using modern Technology CAD (TCAD) device simulations to revolutionize the teaching of semiconductor devices. Based on student responses, we believe that our methodology will enhance student employability and encourage student understanding of advanced semiconductor concepts, which are required for managing the global sustainability challenges. We demonstrate how the application of state-of-the art simulation and visualization CAD tools can be used to teach undergraduate students how to understand the basic principles of key electronic devices. We provide examples of teaching materials and assessment exercises that were used to assist student learning of semiconductor devices within a transnational education (TNE) programmed. Moreover, we believe that exposing students to modern industry software tools will help embed skills development and employability.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Asenov, Professor Asen and Ghannam, Professor Rami and Badami, Mr Oves and Xeni, Nikolas and Adamu-Lema, Dr Fikru and Georgiev, Professor Vihar
Authors: Xeni, N., Ghannam, R., Georgiev, V., Adamu-Lema, F., Badami, O., and Asenov, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 IEEE
First Published:First published in 2020 Transnational Engineering Education using Technology (TREET)
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