- Associate Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Director of Grand Challenges Scholar Program
- Co-Director of Grand Challenges Living Learning Community
- Nanotechnology TIG
Office: Klaus 3314
Jeffrey Alan Davis received his B.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 1993, 1997, and 1999, respectively. After joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, he was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for excellence as a young educator and researcher in 2001 and was also awarded the Outstanding ECE Junior Faculty Award by Georgia Tech in 2003. During this time, he served as the 2002 general chair for the International Workshop on System Level Interconnect Prediction (SLIP), and he served as a guest editor for a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems in 2003. During this same year, he also co-authored and co-edited a book entitled Interconnect Technology and Design for Gigascale Integration.
In teaching, Dr. Davis is always excited about new educational challenges. For example, over the last seventeen years at Georgia Tech, Dr. Davis has taught seventeen different classes in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In fact, in 2004-2005 he was awarded the Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2007, he was voted by the senior class to receive the HKN Richard M. Bass Outstanding Teaching Award. In addition, he was invited to be a Hesburgh Teaching Fellow in 2010, and has twice won the Class of 1934 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award in 2011 and 2013.
In service, Dr. Davis has been involved heavily in the promotion of STEM topics in middle school education that has impacted thousands of children from across the state of Georgia. For this work, he won the 2006 Education Partnership Award, and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has twice awarded him the Outreach Award in 2007 and 2013. Dr. Davis is also currently the faculty co-director of the Grand Challenges Living Learning Community at Georgia Tech in which he advises a group of 110 freshman who live together in a dormitory community. As freshman, this group proposes solutions to some of the greatest problems that we have in our society, and then pursues their solutions during the rest of their tenure at Georgia Tech.
In research, Dr. Davis has co-authored over 75 refereed journal, conference, and workshop publications, and his papers have been referenced over 3600 times by researchers from around the world [scholar.google.com]. In 2009, his research group was awarded the S.C. Sun Best Student Paper Award at the International Interconnect Technology Conference, and Dr. Davis’ book on interconnect technology was translated into Chinese and republished in 2010. His current research interests are in exploring the low-frequency electrical properties of nanocomposite materials, and in 2012-2013 he was awarded the Georgia Tech Fund for Innovation in Research and Education (GT-FIRE) to pursue this avenue of research.
Dr. Davis is currently involved in simulation and fabrication of solid-state nanocomposite materials that have both high permittivities and high-breakdown field strengths. The application of this technology is to develop solid-state capacitors that have extremely high-energy density for electrical energy storage. He also explores novel ways to completely replace conventional electrochemical batteries with capacitive energy storage in a variety of everyday products.