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In memoriam: Franco Cerrina, Boston Univ. ECE Chair

22 July 2010

Franco Cerrina, 62,Franco Cerrina chair of the Boston Univ. (BU) College of Engineering's electrical and computer engineering department, died unexpectedly on 12 July in a laboratory at the university. Cerrina was an SPIE Fellow and had been an Associate Editor of the SPIE Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3) since its inauguration in 2002.

SPIE friends and colleagues were shocked by Cerrina's death, and remembered him as a strong scholar and terrific teacher who will be greatly misssed.

Before coming to BU in August 2008, Cerrina taught for 24 years at the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, where he was the Lynn H. Matthias Professor in Engineering and director of the university's Center for NanoTechnology, a research organization specializing in advanced semiconductor lithography and nanofabrication. At Wisconsin, Cerrina's research focused on the application of techniques developed for semiconductor nanofabrication to biological problems.

Cerrina, who earned a Ph.D. in physics at the Univ. of Rome in 1974, held 16 patents and was a cofounder of 5 companies. He had more than 300 reviewed publications. In addition to being a Fellow of SPIE, he was a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Read the obituary in the Boston Globe.