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About William B. Knowlton

After working for Hewlett Packard Labs and Insight Analytical Labs, Dr. William B. Knowlton joined the faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State University in 2000. He has a B.S, an M.S., and a materials science and engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. After coming to Boise State, he co-developed five new programs and a department in Materials Science and Engineering where he holds a joint appointment as a professor. He has established two research laboratories and co-established another, brought more than $16.5M in funding to Boise State, and has published over 70 papers in peer reviewed journals or conferences. Dr. Knowlton's research activities include device reliability physics, materials characterization, nanofabrication, biomaterials, magnetic materials and molecular electronic devices, and he and his colleagues have developed a collaborative, multidisciplinary research cohort in which they share ideas, students, and resources.


2000 - Present Professor, Boise State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Honors and Awards

  • 2011, 2008, 2004 - Honored Faculty Member - Boise State University Top Ten Scholar/Alumni Association
  • 2009 - Elected - IEEE Senior Member
  • 2007 - Professor of the Year, College of Engineering, Boise State University
  • 2005-2006 - Faculty Research Associate, Office of Research Administration, Boise State University


  • ENGR 245: Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
  • MSE 310/ECE 340: Electrical Properties of Materials
  • ENGR 441/541: Semiconductor Materials
  • ENGR 549: Special Topics In Materials Science and Engineering [Quantum Effects in MOS Devices]
  • MSE 308: Thermodynamics of Materials
  • 440: Introduction to IC Processing
  • ENGR 120: Introduction to Engineering
  • MSE 508: Solid State Thermodynamics
  • MSE/ECE/MBE 497-597: Communicating Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
  • MSE 510: Electrical, Optical, and Dielectric Materials

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