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My purpose in applying for graduate study in nanoscale science and technology at University of

California, Berkeley is to become a professional researcher and educator in these fields. I feel that I need
academic preparation beyond my undergraduate education in order to make the meaningful technical
contributions to society in my career. My main motivation for applying to the Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science program at UC Berkeley stems from the presence of numerous outstanding faculty
members with research interests aligned with my own.
My passion for the Nature at the nanoscale has developed as a gradual crescendo rather than in subito
steps. My self-motivated research on quantum confinement effects on the electrostatics of nanoscale
MOS structures at the end of 3rd year gave me the maiden insight into a quantum phenomenon in
nanostructure. Developing our own self-consistent 1-D Schrdinger-Poisson solver, I along with one of
my friends examined the effects of wave function penetration on the electron distribution in nanoscale
double gate MOSFETs. This research having won us the 1st prize in IEEE R-10 Student Paper Contest 06
spring-boarded our confidence to take up harder research challenges. As I started my senior year
research on computational nanoelectronics under Prof. Anisul Haque, my first challenge was to find a
suitable topic that was tractable under our capability and computation resources and through which we
can make a tangible contribution to this field. I delved through current research on nanoscale device
modeling and through Intl Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) to capture device scaling
trends and familiarized myself with the different device simulators available at the nanoHUB
(http://www.nanohub.org). I found that, although effects of wave function penetration into gate oxide
on different parameters (gate capacitance, drain current) of bulk MOSFETs have been examined, 2-D
effects, such as DIBL, which are extremely important to assess the effects of scaling on device
performance, have always been neglected in such studies. Hence, we decided pursue a systematic study
of how wave function penetration effects on ballistic drain current evolve with the scaling of dimensions
(gate length and silicon body thickness) of nanoscale double gate MOSFETs using a 2-D quantum ballistic
model. Besides taking courses like `Semiconductor Devices' and `Optoelectronic Devices' in my senior
level for this research, I took up the venturesome task to master the most advanced concepts in
quantum transport (QT) through Datta's seminal text `Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor' on my
own. MATLAB coding of the QT equations gave me hands-on-experience on deep and diverse concepts
of QT in a short period of time. MOS electrostatics was treated by self-consistent solution of 2-D
Schrdinger and Poisson equations and I incorporated a non-equilibrium Greens function based
technique to apply open boundary condition at the gate-gate oxide interface for solving the 2-D
Schrdinger equation. As our work has almost ended, it is satisfying to mention that we are the first to
explain the relation between wave function penetration effects on drain current and device scaling and
submission of our manuscript to `J. Appl. Phys.' is in the offing. Through this research, I received an
excellent training on the art of scientific research - the art of explaining numerical results not as
mathematical or programming artifacts, rather as physical phenomena, the art of scientific writing
relying less on equations and using concepts accessible to intended audience, the exercise of analytical
ability and adherence, the spirit of intellectual integrity. The exposure and training I got from this
research makes me feel confident that I would be able to cope with nanoelectronics research at my
graduate level.

My interest in quantum computing (QC) inspired me to join an interdisciplinary research initiative on QC


under Dr. Masud Hasan at BUET in Feb. 06. There being no knowledge base on QC in my university, we
began with Nielsen & Chuang's `Quantum Computation and Quantum Information. I took the
opportunity to teach other members quantum mechanics, while others introduced me to information
theory. Having surveyed literature, we perceived that there has been considerable interest in qutrit
based QC, mostly because qutrit based quantum information processing (QIP) is more powerful than all
other qudit based QIP and qutrit quantum system improves some standard quantum algorithms and
protocols. Following a number of references, we designed a number of permutative quantum circuits,
including quantum ternary version of Fredkin gate, using linear ion trap realizable elementary gates single qutrit gates and double qutrit conditional gates. As our paper was published in Intl Symp. on
Multiple-Valued Logic (ISMVL) 07, our initial feeling of isolation from mainstream research community
on multiple-valued logic (MVL) was removed. I feel honored to mention that, I have recently been
selected as a reviewer of the multiple-valued quantum logic track for ISMVL 2008, to be held at Texas in
08. Currently I am guiding a student for MVL research, who has already submitted a paper to ISMVL 08.
Through this experience, I got a training to take a leadership role in an interdisciplinary research
environment.
Alongside with academic studies and research, I groomed into myself management, leadership and
interpersonal skills as well as personal management skills though my IEEE activities. I served IEEE BUET
Student Branch (SB) as the Secretary during 04-05 and as the Chair during 05-07. Besides organizing
regular activities like plant tours, research and professional seminars, I was the brainchild of two new
activities, IEEE BUET SB Paper Contest 06 and IEEE Xtreme Programming Contest, 06. Both of these
activities upheld our SB in the international arena; out of the 3 papers from our branch 2 (including 1 of
mine) won the top 2 prizes in IEEE R-10 Student Paper Contest 06 and one BUET team, x33d was placed
9th in the programming contest, making our branch the only one in R-10 to secure a place in the top 10.
As a recognition of the concerted effort of all the IEEE volunteers under my leadership, the vibrancy of
our SB was featured by `The Institute', the newspaper of IEEE, in Editor Kathy Kowalenko's article
`Organizing tours to technical facilities' in the Dec. 05 issue, where I as the Chair described how our
plant tours helped to maintain high membership recruitment and retention rates and added to
professional development of students. I also attended the `Student Leadership Training Workshop at
IEEE R-10 Student/GOLD Congress 06 at Beijing. Besides, I was the class representative for my section
and also the treasurer and an organizing committee member of Electrical Day 2006 and faculty advisor
to Electrical Day 2007, the largest annual program of the department. In view of such experiences, I feel
that I will be able to adapt into cooperative milieu of the graduate research and also fit into leadership
roles in research and in my career.
UC Berkeleys distinct niche in nanoelectronics research encourages me to apply into its graduate
program at EECS department. As I see pioneering research on electronics, such as BSIM model and
FinFET done here, I feel excited and the keenness to be a part of ensuing feats from this institution. I am
particularly interested in Prof. Bokors research with `Nanoelectronics and Nanostructures Group. While
the groups researches on transport phenomena through nano-Schottky contact and hybridization of
CNT with Si technology are perfectly aligned with my research interests, silicon based approach to QC of

this group also interests me. Besides, I am also interested in Prof. Javeys work on nanowire fabrication
and Prof. Chang-Hasnains research on nano-optoelectronics.
As I see my 2nd year students grasping eagerly and proactively ideas of Moore's law, nanomachines,
top-down and bottom-up approaches in their first electronics course with me, I feel that I have an innate
capability to convey basic and new concepts and motivate students to explore and research. I will be
instructing the course `Energy Conversion III in January 08 semester and I plan to introduce elementary
concepts of nano/micro-electromechanical systems into its traditional syllabus. I believe that by being a
professor of nano-science and -engineering in a research university, I can contribute to further
Feynman's vision not only by advancing the state of the art, but also by illuminating new avenues of
thought for my students. Having mingled with the best minds of the South Asia from backgrounds as
diverse as from fine arts to engineering at the 1st SAARC University Students Exchange Program at Delhi
in Dec. 07, I could understand how people from other disciplines view the role of technology in shaping
societys future and I could perceive why it is necessary to guide technological developments to fulfill
societys expectations. As the future of nanotechnology has inspired as much caution as optimism, I
intend also to utilize my expertise into policy issues to safeguard its advancement towards a direction
that is peaceful and addresses some of the most intriguing problems of our society. University of
California, Berkeley with her strength on nano-research and long history of producing veritable leaders
in the science and technology arena will undoubtedly give me the perfect opportunity to fulfill these
academic and professional goals of mine.