Inventor of CMOS Image Sensor to Speak at Trinity

Eric R. Fossum ’79 Returns to Campus for Presentation

What: Eric R. Fossum '79, professor of engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, will deliver a presentation at Trinity entitled, “Inside Your Camera: The Science and Technology of Digital Image Sensors.”  Fossum invented, developed and commercialized the Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor now used in billions of camera phones, webcams, DSLRs, video cameras, swallowable pill cameras, dental xray sensors, and many other applications.  His talk will address some of the basic scientific principles behind today's image sensors, as well as discuss the state of the art of the technology and possible future directions. This seminar, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Trinity College Department of Engineering.  A reception will follow.
(Photo of Eric Fossum by Liza Chrust/Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth)


When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ~ 4:15 p.m.
 
Where: McCook Auditorium on the campus of Trinity College
300 Summit Street, Hartford, Conn. 06106
 
Background: Eric R. Fossum '79, (physics and engineering) is a professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.  He invented, developed and commercialized the CMOS image sensor now used in billions of camera phones, webcams, DSLRs, video cameras, swallowable pill cameras, dental xray sensors, and many other applications. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 1999. He was recently elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He holds over 180 patents worldwide and has published over 250 papers. Fossum received the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Andrew Grove Award and is a cofounder and serves as President of the International Image Sensor Society (IISS). He has been a member of the Trinity Engineering Advisory Council (TEAC) since 1998 and served on Trinity’s Board of Fellows from 2002 to 2004.