Griselda Bonilla is currently a senior technical staff member (STSM) and senior manager of the Advanced Interconnect Technology group at IBM Research. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004. For her dissertation, she developed a new methodology for the rational design of inorganic membranes with a desired orientation and microstructure by tailoring the individual crystal morphology. In 2006, her dissertation was awarded the “Best PhD in Particle Technology” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She has authored or coauthored over 80 papers and presentations, including a paper in Science. In addition, she has also been issued over 30 patents, and has several additional patents under review.
In her current role, Griselda leads a cross-functional team involved in the integration, scaling, and optimization of semiconductor materials, on-chip interconnects, and processes for use in the next generation of chips and electronic devices. In this role, she has a proven track record of successfully taking research concepts from the laboratory to early production. Her work has been rewarded internally with several technical accomplishments, including a Corporate Award in 2016, IBM’s highest technical recognition.
Prior to this role, Griselda was responsible for extending IBM’s microelectronics technology and manufacturing leadership through innovations in materials, processes, and reliability methodology. This work lead to a detailed understanding of the impact of scaling and material properties on reliability performance of semiconductor devices and was responsible for setting Back-End-Of-Line (BEOL) interconnect materials roadmap for robust electrical and mechanical reliability. Since joining IBM, she has delivered technology solutions for multiple generations of CMOS technology used in respective IBM “P” and “Z” servers and miscellaneous ASIC products, including game processors.
In addition, as a member of the Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes Technical Advisory board in Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), she collaborates broadly and successfully with scientists, technologists, and executives from academia and industry to provide strategic direction and guidance on new areas of research in materials, processes, and applications that are leading edge in semiconductor technology.
Griselda has participated in MRS as a member, at conferences as a presenter and invited speaker, and as editor of proceedings from Symposium M at the 2008 MRS Fall Meeting.
I’ve admired the Materials Research Society as it has evolved and maintained its relevance and leadership in an increasingly interdisciplinary and global community. At the core, the society has excelled in attracting top technical talent to its conferences and maintaining high-quality publications. Maintaining that leadership requires innovation and expansion into research areas not traditionally associated with this community. One example of this is cognitive computing, which will require the development of a new class of high-performance electronic materials to fully achieve its potential. In addition, cognitive computing is also a powerful tool for the rapid and rational design and development of new materials for catalysis, bio-membranes, etc. To achieve this, MRS must continue to be welcoming of diverse backgrounds and actively expand its ecosystem to attract new members from computer and data sciences that have not traditionally been a part of our community.
I am a strong advocate for mentoring relationships and actively participate in activities to promote engineering and science as a viable career path to underprivileged students. I teach a ‘states of matter’ module to excite young students about materials and technology. STEM fields offer a great opportunity for women and minorities to excel in that you are judged by your actions and contributions and not by your socio-economic background. MRS has recognized this in their outreach programs and there is ample opportunity to attract even more diversity in the field, especially at a time when STEM fields are increasingly important to solving our global societal challenges.