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Graduate Program

Graduate Seminar- February 22, 2021

Peter E. Raad, Ph.D., P.E., FASME
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, SMU
Founder/President, TMX Scientific, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Peter E. Raad is currently a Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. He first joined SMU in 1986 and has served the School of Engineering in different capacities, including as its Associate Dean. From 2000 to 2012, he founded and directed the Hart eCenter at SMU, a university-wide center aimed to address the impact of the interactive networked technologies on society. During that time, he also founded and directed The Guildhall at SMU, a first of its kind, industry-university, cross-disciplinary, graduate program designed to educate and train future practitioners and innovators in the fast-growing field of digital game development.

Raad has received over $3 million in funding support for his research in tsunami mitigation and in metrology of submicron electronics. In 2006, he founded TMX Scientific, a company to innovate and commercialize deep-submicron thermal measurement systems and ultrafast thermal computational engines. Raad’s work in the thermal management field includes the development of innovative deep-submicron thermal metrology techniques and systems, as well as novel coupling of computations and measurements to provide transient, three-dimensional temperature fields in electronic structures with critical internal features that are inaccessible to standard metrology.

His honors include the SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award (2019), the THERMI Award for lifetime contributions to the field of semiconductor thermal management (2019), the Allan Kraus Thermal Management Medal (2014); the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence in the Physical Design of Electronics (2006); the ASME North Texas Section Engineer of the Year (1999-2000); the Next-Gen’s Top 25 People of 2007 (most influential in the video gaming industry); and Outstanding Graduate (four times) and Undergraduate (three times) Faculty Awards at SMU.

He has published over 65 journal articles and given more than 150 conference and invited talks. He holds U.S. and international patents in thermal metrology and computational characterization of multiscale integrated circuits. He is a Fellow of ASME and a Senior Member of IEEE. He received his BSME (with honors, 1980), MS (1981), and PhD (1986) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.