Michael Shur

Professor and (Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts '48 Professor of Solid State Electronics), Director, Center for Broadband Data Transport Science and Technology


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:

Department of Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering
Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy

Center for Integrated Electronics
Center for Broadband Data Transport Science and Technology


Ph.D., A. F. Ioffe
M.S., St. Petersburg Electrotechnical Institute


Dr. Shur has held research or faculty positions at A.F. Ioffe Institute, Wayne State University, Oakland University, Cornell University, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and the University of Minnesota. From 1989 to 1996, he was the John Money Professor at the University of Virginia, where he served as the director of the Applied Electrophysics Laboratories in 1996.

Dr. Shur is also the vice president of the IEEE Sensor Council, a former chair of the U.S. Chapter of Commission D of the International Union of Radio Science, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems, and a member of the honorary editorial board of Solid State Electronics magazine.

Research Interests

  • Semiconductors
  • Microelectronics technology
  • Microelectronics design
  • Micro-electro-mechanical-systems
  • Electronics design
  • Electronics and circuits
  • Circuits
  • Simulation

Dr.Shur is primarily involved with semiconductor devices and integrated circuits. His research interests include novel devices, such as those using wide band gap semiconductors. Examples would be high power transistors, visible and ultra violet light emitting diodes, and acousto-optic devices. Potential applications of this technology are in solid-state lighting that will result in dramatic energy savings, better living and working conditions, and medical applications. He is also working on the theory and experimental investigations of ballistic transport in semiconductors, on new emerging plasma wave electronics devices, and on electronics on flexible substrates. Many new device models developed by Shur and his colleagues have been implemented in AIM-Spice, a program accessed by tens of thousands of users on the Internet. It is located at

Dr. Shur and his team also are developing new technologies for remote experimentation and distance learning. Their approach to remote experimentation technology is demonstrated by AIM-Lab, which allows users to perform measurements on semiconductor devices via the Internet. The program is accessible from Dr. Shur's web page.


  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Fellow, Electrochemical Society
  • Humboldt Research Award Winner, The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany, named Shur, in support of Dr. Shur's collaborative research in Germany at Walter Schottky Institute in Munich


Michael Shur

Low Center for Industrial Innovation
Room CII 9017
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180

Office: (518) 276-2201
Fax: (518) 276-2990