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Department of

Electrical & Computer Engineering


Ming-Cheng Cheng

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Department of Physics

Center for Quantum Device Technology

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY 13699-5720


Phone: 315-268-7735

Fax: 315-268-7600


·  Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, 1990, Polytechnic University, NY, USA

·   M.S., System Engineering, 1986, Polytechnic University, NY, USA

·  B.S., Electrophysics, 1980, National Chiao-Tung University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan




Research Overview






ES250 Electrical Science






EE311 EE Junior Lab






EE341 Microelectronics






EE381 Electromagnetic Fields & Waves






EE441/541 Semiconductor Devices for IC Simulation






EE442/542 CMOS IC Design






EE448/548 Solar Cells






EE582 Advanced Electromagnetics






EE641 Charge Carrier Transport in Semiconductors





Research Interests & Experience


·        Reduced-order thermal modeling for semiconductor integrated circuits

·        Electro-thermal simulation of nano-scale devices, integrated circuits and systems

·        Electro-thermal simulation of FinFETs, ICs and photovoltaic cells/modules/arrays

·        Simulation of nano-scale devices

·        Reduced order modeling of quantum structure

·        Electromagnetics simulation

·        Effects of DX centers on 2DE in AlGaAs/GaAs heterojunctions

·        Eddy current and hysteresis losses in in hysteresis magnetic laminations

·        Single-event upset/burnout in SiC devices due to high energy ionizing particle radiation

·        Monte Carlo simulation and hydrodynamic modeling of advanced semiconductor devices


Recent Publications


D.S. Meyer, B.T.  Helenbrook, and M.C. Cheng, “Proper orthogonal decomposition-based reduced basis element thermal modeling of integrated circuits”, Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng., nme.5529, March 2017


Ming-C. Cheng, “A Reduced-Order Presentation of the Schrödinger Equation”, AIP Advances, vol.6, No. 9, 095121, Sept., 2016.


Wangkun Jia, Brian Helenbrook, Ming-C. Cheng, “Thermal Modeling of Multi-Fin Field Effect Transistor Structure Using Proper Orthogonal Decomposition”, IEEE Trans. Electron Devices, Vol. 61, No. 8, pp. 2752-2759, August, 2014.


Wangkun Jia, Brian Helenbrook, Ming-C. Cheng, “Fast Thermal Simulation of FinFET Circuits Based on a Multi-Block Reduced-Order Model”, IEEE Trans. ICs & Systems, vol. 35, no. 7, pp. 1114-1124, July 2016.


Ming-C. Cheng, Jeffrey A Smith, Wangkun Jia, Ryan Coleman, “An Effective Thermal Model for FinFET Structure,” IEEE Trans. Electron Devices, Vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 202-206, January 2014.


K. Zhang, W. Jia, J. Koplowitz, Piergiovanni Marzocca, Ming-C. Cheng, “Modeling of Photovoltaic Cells and Arrays Based on Singular Value Decomposition”, Semiconductor Science & Tech., March 2013. (IOP Select)


R. Venters, Bian T. Helenbrook, Kun Zhang, Ming-C. Cheng, “Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Based Thermal Modeling of Semiconductor Structures”, IEEE Trans Electron Devices, vol.59, No. 11, pp. 2924-2931, Nov. 2012.


Eric Foreman, Peter Habitz, Ming-C. Cheng, Chandu Visweswariah, “A Novel Method for Reducing Metal Variation with Statistical Static Timing Analysis,” IEEE Trans. Comput.-Aided Des. Integr. Circuits and Syst., vol. 31, pp. 1293-1297, August 2012.


Yu Zhang, Pragasen Pillay, Maged Ibrahim, Ming-C Cheng, “Magnetic Characteristics and Excess Eddy Current Losses”, IEEE Tran Energy Conversion, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 623 - 629, March-April, 2012


Yu Zhang, Ming-C Cheng, Pragasen Pillay, “A Novel Hysteresis Core Loss Model,for Magnetic Laminations”, IEEE Tran Energy Conversion, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 993-999, Dec 2011.


Eric Foreman, Peter Habitz, Ming-C. Cheng, Christino Tamon, “Inclusion of Chemical-Mechanical Polishing Variation in Statistical Static Timing Analysis,” IEEE Trans. Comput.-Aided Des. Integr. Circuits and Syst., Vol. 30, pp. 1758 – 1762, Nov. 2011.


Y.X. Liang, Q. Dong, M.C. Cheng, U. Gennser, A. Cavanna, Y. Jin, “Insight into low frequency noise induced by gate leakage current in AlGaAs/GaAs high electron mobility transistors at 4.2K,” Applied Phys. Lett., Vol. 99, 113505 (2011).


Ming-C. Cheng, Kun Zhang, “An Effective Thermal Circuit Model for Electro-thermal Simulation of SOI Analog Circuits,” Solid-State Electronics, 48–61, vol. 62, 2011. ( doi: 10.1016/j.sse.2011.03.013).


Kun Zhang, Ming-C. Cheng, “Thermal Circuit for SOI Structure Accounting for Non-Isothermal effect,” IEEE Trans. Electron Devices, Vol 57, pp. 2838-2847, November 2010.


Yu Zhang, MingC. Cheng, Pragasen Pillay, Brian Helenbrook ,High Order Finite Element Model for Core Loss Assessment in a Hysteresis Magnetic Lamination,” J. Appl. Physics, Vol. 106, 043911 (2009).


E. Gremion, A. Cavanna, Y-X. Liang, U. Gennser, M.-C. Cheng, etc., “Development of Ultra-Low Noise HEMTs for Cryoelectronics at  ≤ 4.2 K,”  J. Low Temperature Physics, Vol. 151, pp. 971-978, May, 2008


Feixia Yu, Ming-C. Cheng, “Electrothermal Simulation of SOI CMOS Analog Integrated Circuits,” Solid-State Electronics, vol. 51, pp. 691-702, May 2007.


S. Saikin, M. Shen, Ming-C. Cheng, “Spin dynamics in a compound semiconductor spintronic structure with a Schottky barrier, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, vol. 18, pp. 1535–1544, January 2006.


Min Shen, Semion Saikin, Ming-C. Cheng, “Spin injection in spin FETs using a step-doping profile,” IEEE Trans. Nanotechnol., vol. 4, pp. 40-44, Jan. 2005.


Feixia Yu, Ming-C. Cheng, "Application of heat flow models to SOI current mirrors," Solid-State Electronics Vol. 48, pp. 1733-1739, Oct 2004.


Jun Lin, Min Shen, Ming-C. Cheng, M.L. Glasser, "Efficient thermal modeling of SOI MOSFETs for fast dynamic operation," IEEE Trans. Electron Devices, Vol. 51, pp. 1659-1666, Oct. 2004.


Ming Shen, Semion Saikin, Ming-C. Cheng, "Monte Carlo modeling of spin injection through a Schottky barrier and spin transport in a semiconductor quantum well," J. Appl. Phys., Vol. 96, pp. 4319-4325, 2004.


Semion Saikin, Min Shen and Ming-C. Cheng, "Study of Spin-Polarized Transport Properties for Spin-FET Design Optimization," IEEE Trans. Nanotechnology, Vol. 3, pp. 173-179, March 2004.


Ming-C. Cheng, Feixia Yu, Peter Habitz, Goodarz Ahmadi, "Analytical heat flow modeling of silicon-on-insulator devices," Solid-State Electronics, Vol. 48, pp. 415-426, March 2004.


Min Shen, S. Saikin, M.C. Cheng, Vladimir Privman, "Monte Carlo Modeling of Spin FETs Controlled by Spin-Orbit Interaction," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 65, pp. 351-363, March 2004.


Ming-C. Cheng, Feixia Yu, Jun Lin, Min Shen, Goodarz Ahmadi, "Steady-State and Dynamic Heat Flow Modeling of SOI MOSFET’s," Microelectronics Reliability, vol. 44, pp. 381-396, March 2004. (Invited paper)


Feixia Yu, Ming-C. Cheng, Peter Habitz and Goodarz Ahmadi, "Modeling of Thermal Behavior in SOI Structures," IEEE Trans. Electron Devices, Vol. 51, pp. 83-91, January 2004.