Paul Berger


Paul Berger

College of Engineering
Phone: 614-247-6235
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Research Philosophy

A common theme that extends across current and past work is either the exploration of novel devices using known materials, or developing known devices with new materials. A key facet of this work is a sensitivity to epitaxial growth parameters and their influence upon device performance.

Research Excellence

Prof. Berger aspires to the highest academic achievements publishing exclusively in the highest impact factor journals, generally ranging from 1.5 to 8.5, or above. In Google Scholar, he has garnered ~2560 citations for a body of work of ~100 peer reviewed journal articles, thus averaging about 25 citations per article spanning his career with an h-index of 28 and i10-index of 72. His former graduate students have gone on to become university faculty, founders of their own semiconductor companies and employees at major semiconductor companies (e.g. Intel, AMD, Cree, Kopin, Naval Research Laboratory, Micron, Spansion, National Semiconductor and Lockheed Martin) and postdocs at (Illinois, Johns Hopkins, etc.). His undergraduate researchers have also gone on to graduate school at preeminent institutions such as MIT, Texas at Austin, UCLA, Washington, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Ohio State and Delaware.

Balanced Initiatives (Teaching and Service)

Prof. Berger believes some of the most memorable and valuable teaching moments occur in 1-on-1 settings of students with faculty. Undergraduate research is an excellent forum for students and faculty to mingle and for students to be exposed to new trends in science and engineering at a top-ranked research university. Berger has mentored over 95 undergraduate researchers in various projects over his faculty career. He is hoping to establish an Undergraduate Research Institute in the College of Engineering to promote more opportunities for students of all backgrounds to participate.

Further, Berger was the 2009 recipient of OSU's College of Engineering - Faculty Diversity Excellence Award for "for actively recruiting, retaining, training and promoting a diverse group of high school, undergraduate and graduate researchers and instilling in them a sense of self-pride and yearning for excellence." In 2010, Berger launched a group of underrepresented engineers that eventually galvanized into the Recruitment and Retention Initiative for Successful Engineers, club for which Berger serves as the seminal faculty advisor. In the Spring 2011, RISE fostered an outreach event in conjunction with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Columbus to reach 300 middle school students in 24 Columbus schools. Greater details can be found at: Paper Speakers Bring Music to the Ears of Future Engineers.

Through his role as Faculty Advisor for the IEEE Undergraduate Student Chapter, Prof. Berger seeks to expose undergraduate underclassmen to different areas of the broad ECE discipline in order for them to properly select the career path that works best for themselves. The IEEE Student Chapter also seeks ways to break down the barriers between students and faculty. Berger is also the Faculty Advisor for the IEEE Graduate Student Body, which is the first IEEE GSB in the world! IEEE GSB addresses graduate level issues and concerns complementary to the IEEE Undergraduate Student Chapter, such as "H-1B Visas: Politics behind the Policies" and "Panel Discussion: Post-Doctoral Positions."

More recently, Prof. Berger has taken on the Faculty Advisor role for the OSU's Solar Education and Outreach club, which has gone to Haiti for alternative Spring Breaks to install photovoltaic power systems atop Haiti schools, which further empowers programs such as "One Laptop per Child." Additionally, the group seeks to promote greater awareness of alternative clean and green energy, such as installing solar cell powered motion detector lights around off-campus housing to promote off-campus safety. An excellent video highlighting past activities is posted on YouTube as an interview with past club president,

Prof. Berger established a consortium within the State of Ohio for nanoscale patterning of like-minded organizations by creating a cost-center laboratory with state-of-the-art electron beam lithography (EBL) facilities complete with trained personnel to help assist and train a diversified user base. The EBL tool is a powerful 100 kV system that is in the process of being installed and became operational in late Fall 2005. It is hoped that this will be a lightning rod for nanotechnology in the State of Ohio and the Midwest region for any academic or industrial users that need to write patterns at the nanometer scale and perform subsequent processing.

More recently, Prof. Berger was the proud receipient of two separate 2014 awards. The Franklin County Chapter of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers first awarded Berger their Outstanding Engineering Educator award "in recognition of his outstanding contribution and demonstrated ability to link engineering education with professional practice and to promote the engineering profession and the goals and objectives of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers" This Franklin Country award then allowed Berger's nomination to compete amongst all 88 counties of Ohio to culminate in the Outstanding Engineering Educator, representing the entire State of Ohio and all engineering disciplines as bestowed by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers. The second plaque's inscription read "in recognition of his teaching and professional expertise, selfless service to promoting excellence in engineering education and for his dedication to the students of The Ohio State University and the engineering profession".


Paul R. Berger was born in a midwest Big Ten town, but mostly identifies with Massachusetts , specifically Andover , where he grew up and graduated from Phillips Academy at Andover . Prof. Berger received the B.S.E. degree in Engineering Physics in 1985, and the M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1987 and 1990, respectively, all from the University of Michigan in the city of Ann Arbor. From 1990 to 1992 he was employed as a postdoctorate, under Niloy Dutta, at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ in the Optoelectronic Device Research Department. In 1992, Prof. Berger joined the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering. In 1997, he became an Associate Professor in the renamed UD Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. In 1999, Prof. Berger took a sabbatical leave while working first at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany while supported by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wegner and then moved on to Cambridge Display Technology, Ltd., Cambridge, United Kingdom working under Dr. Jeremy Burroughes. In 2008, Prof. Berger spent an extended sabbatical leave at IMEC (Interuniversity Microelectronics Center) in Leuven, Belgium while appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

In the Summer of 2000, Prof. Berger joined The Ohio State University as an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering in the Solid State Electronics and Photonics Area. In the Fall of 2001, Prof. Berger was extended a Courtesy Appointment in the OSU Physics Department. In 2003, Prof. Berger was promoted to Full Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Prof. Berger is co-Director of the Department's 4000 sq. foot Nanofabrication and Materials Processing Center (NanoMPC) and has sparked a re-birth and significant growth of the current NanoMPC facility. A key facet of this expansion is Berger's role as Founder of the Nanoscale Patterning Laboratory that is a State of Ohio resource offering electron beam lithography (EBL) services and equipment to the scientific community. The Leica EBPG 5000 EBL system is a multi-million dollar investment by the Ohio Board of Regents. Prof. Berger is also a key member of the Ohio State Polymer Consortium and organized their first annual meeting.

Major Awards, Publication Record and Technical Societies

Prof. Berger was elevated to IEEE Fellow, effective January 2011. He is also a recipient of the 2011 & 2006 Lumley Research Award. Berger made seminal contributions to the QMOS Team, a multi-university, industrial-lead team, which elicited a 1998 DARPA Excellence Award. He also received the prestigious National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) in 1996, which was formerly known as the Presidential Young Investigator Award. In 2009, Berger received OSU's College of Engineering's Faculty Diversity Excellence Award for his promotion of diversity students within his graduate and undergraduate research team.

Prof. Berger has co-authored over 100 refereed journal articles, nearly 100 conference presentations, 4 book sections and generated 50 invention disclosures, resulting in 17 issued patents with 5 more pending. In 1990, Prof. Berger received a U. S. Army Fellowship. He has been included in American Men & Women of Science since 1992; Who's Who in Science and Engineering since 1998; and Who's Who in America.

He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS), IEEE Photonics Society Society (PHO), and a Senior Memberof the Optical Society of America (OSA). Currently, he serves as the Chair for the IEEE joint EDS/Photonics Columbus Chapter.

In 2011, he was established as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for EDS. Please contact him directly if you are interested in a seminar: Possible seminar topics include:

  • Organic Photovoltaics;
  • Quantum Tunneling Electronics;
  • Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Sensors;
  • Plastic SmartCards Using Quantum Tunneling Electronics

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