Co-director, MIT-INL Program at MIT
Director, Materials Processing Center
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor Thompson received his SB in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in l976. He received his SM and PhD degrees in applied physics from Harvard University in 1977 and 1982 respectively. He was an IBM postdoctoral fellow in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT in l982 and joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in l983. He received an IBM faculty development award in l983 and was appointed the Mitsui career development assistant professor of contemporary technology in l984 and l985. In 1987 he was appointed associate professor of electronic materials, and became a full professor in 1992. He is currently the Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Director of the Materials Processing Center
Professor Thompson spent the 1990-91 academic year at the University of Cambridge Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, where he was awarded a United Kingdom Science and Engineering Research Council Visiting Fellowship. He spent the 1997-98 academic year at the Max-Plank Institute fur Metallforschung in Stuttgart and received a research award for Senior U.S. Scientist from the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation. Professor Thompson's research is carried out in affiliation with the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratory and the MIT Materials Processing Center, as well as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In 1999, Prof. Thompson was named an SMA Fellow in the Singapore-MIT Alliance Program and Co-Chairs the SMA program in Advanced Materials for Micro and Nano-Systems.
Professor Thompson has served on the Materials Research Society (MRS) Council, was the second Vice-President in 1994, the first Vice-President in 1995, and the President in 1996. He continues to serve on several committees and has organized a number of MRS symposia. He co-chaired the Spring 1991 MRS meeting.
Professor Thompson worked briefly for U.S. Steel and General Electric and has been a consultant for a number of microelectronics companies, new companies exploiting nanotechnology, and legal firms. Professor Thompson has also taught short courses at a number of companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Chartered Semiconductor, and Digital Equipment Corporation.