Technology Advisory Board
Prof. Mor Mordechai Peretz
Director of the Center for Power Electronics and Mixed-Signal IC, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben-Gurion University
Dr. Peretz is a prominent electrical engineer and computer scientist and has gained much experience in using his academic background in the industry.
In 2013, Dr. Peretz founded, and currently directs, the Center for Power Electronics and Mixed-Signal IC, a faculty center at the Ben Gurion University for advanced basic and applied research in electronics, with primary focus of miniaturization of Power Management systems.
Prior to that Dr. Peretz was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory for Power Management and Integrated SMPS at the University of Toronto. In 2012, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, where he is currently heads the academic track of Circuits, Devices, Microelectronics and VLSI. He also serves as a representative of new faculty of engineering members at the BGU senate.
The main interests of Dr. Peretz’s research include switch-mode power supply (SMPS) miniaturization and integration, digital and smart control for efficient energy processing, mixed-signal IC, renewable energy and harvesting systems, ultra-high-speed switching and pulse-power, applications of nonlinear magnetics, and wireless energy.
Dr. Peretz has authored over 100 publications and filed 15 patens. He promotes global awareness to power management by serving in various technical committees and as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on PE and the IEEE Jour. of Emerging and Selected Topics in PE (JESTPE). His innovation is broadly adopted by the industry, with several successful licenses of technology from controllers, through topologies, to full systems.
He holds a B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Negev Academic College of Engineering, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Ben-Gurion University.
Dr. Avi Karsenty
Head of the Applied Physics/Electro-Optics Engineering Department at JCT
Head of HaEytanim – The Personal Empowerment Excellence Program at JCT
Head of ALEO – Advanced Laboratory of Electro-Optics
Head of the JCT Micro/Nanotechnology Educational & Research Center Activities
Dr. Avi Karsenty was born in France in 1965. He emigrated from France to Israel in 1983. He received a BSc Degree in Physics/Electro-Optics Engineering from the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) in 1989. Pursuing Research (Eshkol Grant) at the Fredy & Nadine Hermann Graduate School of Applied Science, he received his MSc and PhD Degrees in Applied Physics & Material Science (both Microelectronics & Electro-Optics Divisions) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel, respectively in 1996 and 2003.
Dr. Avi Karsenty is expert in three domains: In addition to the development of improved electro-optics measurement techniques, his main fields of research and interest are Modeling, Simulations and Nanocharacterization of Quantum Coupling Devices (light emitting, photo-activated and thermo-activated devices), as well as Quality & Reliability Engineering aspects of devices.
Dr. Avi Karsenty worked for more than 22 years in High-Tech industries in Europe and Israel, part of which as Senior Engineer and Manager for 16 years (1995-2011) with Intel Electronics Corporation. Serving in major positions, he developed new tools and methods, for which he received several Intel DRAs (Division Recognition Award). Some of these methods are still in use at Intel to date.
Membership and Awards
Dr. A. Karsenty is Senior Member of OSA (Optical Society of America), Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), member of IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Photonics Society, SEEEI (Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel), FEAGTSI (Federation of Engineers, Architects and Graduates in Technological Sciences in Israel), AAEGE (Association des Anciens Elèves et Elèves des Grandes Ecoles et Universités pour Israel). He is also the Founder and Chair of the FSE (Forum of Seniors & Executives, Graduates and Friends of the JCT Physics/Electro-Optics Department) which he created with few CEOs from the High-Tech Industry. He received 38 Awards in Engineering and Physics, in the industry and the academy.
Presently, at the Academy
In 2011, after 22 years in High-Tech companies, and deciding to come back to full academy mode, with the Vision to build the next generations of students, to prepare them to the “real” high-tech life, and to reinforce the bridge between Academy, Industry and Society, he joined the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) recalled Lev Academic Center, where he now leads research in nanoscale electro-optical quantum coupled devices.
Today, he is also the Head of the Applied Physics/Electro-Optics Engineering Department, and the Head of HaEytanim – The Personal Empowerment Excellence Program. In addition to his roles as Chair of these two departments, he has initiated several large scale projects, such as the establishment of a “Micro/Nanotechnology Educational & Research Center”, including a set of new clean rooms, simulations and characterization labs. Under the Physics/Electro-Optics Engineering department, he has also created additional Centers of Research, such as the “Space Optics & Remote Sensing Center”, the “Bio-Medical Optics Center”, the “Lasers and Light Sources Center”, the “Thin Films’ Characterization/Modeling Advanced Laboratory & Nanotechnology Center” which he leads.
On February 2nd, 2016, he chaired the 2016 Optics Engineering Conference at Jerusalem. Hundreds of attendees from the Israeli Industry, Academy and Defense forces, as well as major CEOs, participated. Recently, the new MSc graduate program which he developed in Applied Physics/Electro-Optics Engineering, has been approved by the Council of Higher Education (CHE), and started at JCT in Oct’17 with tens of students.
Current Research Activities and Publications
The growing use of heavy computing tasks generates a constant urge for much faster processors than those which are currently available in the market. Correspondingly there is an accelerated development of new optics communication related applications and components. Silicon-based light-emitting devices are extremely desirable for the realization of integrated optical signal processing with electronic data processing. This is in tandem with efforts to develop a new generation of ultrafast computers based on the combined electronic and optical signal processing on the one hand, and advanced generations of optoelectronic devices for optical communication systems on the other hand.
To address such concerns and needs, Dr. Karsenty created the ALEO (Advanced Laboratory of Electro-Optics) where he leads a team of ~25 researchers working on the development of nanoscale silicon-based electro-optics coupling devices, such as light emitting transistors, photo-activated modulators, thermo-activated modulators, and arrays of sensors. The aim of all these devices is to get smoothly integrated into the micro-electronics industry towards future optical communication between blocks and chips.
Dr. Karsenty published professional research articles in several top journals, such as Applied Physics Letters, Optical Letters, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Solid State Electronics, Active & Passive Electronic Components, Nano Brief Reports and Reviews, and more. He has several research collaborations with famous institutes in both Israel (BIU, HUJI) and USA (MIT, Rochester).