Fabrizio Lombardi

ITC Endowed Chair Professor
Northeastern University, Dept of ECE, Boston, USA

Fabrizio Lombardi

ITC Endowed Chair Professor
Northeastern University, Dept of ECE, Boston, USA


  • Ph.D., University College London, University of London, 1982.
  • M.Sc. in Microwaves and Modern Optics, University College London, University of London, 1978.
  • Dipl. in Microwave Engineering, University College London, University of London, 1978.
  • B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering (Hons), University of Essex, 1977.

Enfoque de trabajo:

Lombardi is a professor at Northeastern University in Boston, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the ECE Department. His current research revolves around nanotechnology across the entire technology stack, so from devices (hexaferrites for sensors and storage), through circuits (mostly involving non volatile memories involving new materials such as phase change).

Consejos para estudiantes:

  • Listen, Learn and Labor (the so-called 3 L’s)



¿En qué campos técnicos dentro de la Nanotecnología se aplica mejor su trabajo?

  • Nanoelectrónica
  • Nanomagnetismo

P: ¿Cuándo descubrió por primera vez que su carrera profesional se centraba en la nanotecnología?
Lombardi:  My background during my undergraduate and initial graduate studies was microwaves and optics; I got interested in computer science/engineering (CSE) in my doctoral degree and at the onset of my academic career. However over nearly 2 decades, I have bridged CSE with more physical-based (device-level) topics to allow a more comprehensive technology assessment as well a detailed analysis of nanotechnology, from devices to systems.      

P: ¿En qué aplicaciones actuales de nanotecnología está trabajando?  
Lombardi: My current research focuses on  mitigating variations due to nanoscale feature sizes (7-14 nm) with respect to computing and storage; in particular, I am interested in ensuring that errors and defects can be at least partially corrected and/or mediated, such that reliable operation can be still attained.        

P: ¿Qué es lo más gratificante de trabajar con nanotecnología?
Lombardi: It is probably the satisfaction to see tiny things to work and appreciate that they can make a substantial difference.    

P: ¿Hay algún ejemplo que pueda dar que muestre cómo algo en lo que ha trabajado ha impactado positivamente al mundo?
 To come.   

P: ¿En qué áreas prevé que la futura comercialización de la nanotecnología tendrá el mayor impacto positivo en el mundo?
Lombardi: Nanotechnology is pervasive and it will continue to have a major impact on every aspect of life.

P: ¿Cuál cree que es el mayor impacto que la nanotecnología ha tenido en el mundo hasta ahora?  
Lombardi: The greatest impact of nanotechnology is the miniaturization across diverse applicative areas such as nanomedicine as well as nanoelectronics; there is strong evidence that this trend will continue in at least the next decade due to transformation of society in a high-tech driven marketplace.    

P: Durante la última década, la nanotecnología salió del laboratorio y está teniendo un impacto real en la sociedad. ¿Ha trabajado en algún esfuerzo que haya ayudado a comercializar la nanotecnología y haya dado como resultado nuevos productos o procesos? 
Lombardi: To come.

P: ¿Tu formación universitaria te ayudó en tu trabajo en nanotecnología?
 To a certain extent my university level education helped me, but it should be also emphasized that there is a lot of self-learning, and that must be pursued on an individual basis.      

P: ¿Tiene un mentor? ¿Lo hiciste en tus años universitarios?
Lombardi: I have never had a mentor, but I had great teachers and advisors; I prefer to set my own choices, often making mistakes, but learning from them as well as the success stories.   

P: Si tuvieras que hacerlo todo de nuevo, ¿seguirías centrándote en las aplicaciones de la nanotecnología?
: Yes, I would; however nanotechnology applications are still evolving, so the future may be full of exciting surprises. 

P: Si un estudiante de secundaria o universitario estuviera interesado en la nanotecnología, ¿qué consejo le daría para ayudarlo a prepararse para asumir esos roles?
 The best advice for such a student is to listen, learn and labor (the so-called 3 L’s); in my opinion, these are the fundamental steps that transform a dedicated person an accomplished scientist and engineer.