Dr. Rouwaida Kanj received the B.Eng. (with high distinction) from the American University of Beirut, in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and 2004, respectively. She is currently with the Tools and Technology team at IBM Austin Research Labs. Prior to this position, she held multiple internships with the IBM EDA Group in Fishkill. She worked on modeling SOI effects, noise characterization of CMOS circuits, library characterization of novel circuit technologies, and is currently involved in variability driven SRAM analysis. Dr. Kanj was a recipient of three IBM Ph.D. Fellowships, is the author of several technical papers and two pending patents.

Dr. Akif Sultan is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. He has worked at AMD for twelve years in the areas of process integration, high performance device development, device installation in Foundry, variations and device-design interactions. He led the implementation of the inclusion of layout-dependent stress effects in design within AMD. He holds 16 patents. He received his Ph.D. (1996) and MS (1993) in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from AMU, India in 1988. He taught as a Lecturer in India for three years.

Dr. Salim Chowdhury received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He taught at University of Iowa, Iowa City for some years where he obtained multiple research grants from National Science Foundation. He had been working with semiconductor industries since then, first with Motorola where he was involved with designing 68060 and PowerPC microprocessors and next with SUN Microsystems designing a few generations of SPARC Microprocessors. He has developed multiple CAD tools for the extraction and simulation of clock network, and timing and power optimization. Currently, he is a senior manager at SUN Microsystems Inc. at their Austin Microelectronics design center. Dr. Salim Chowdhury obtained a best paper award from DAC and holds many patents and publications. He is currently serving as a member of technical program committee for ISPD.