James Gibbons is a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University where he also served as Dean of Engineering among many other critical roles. He received a BS degree from Northwestern in 1953 and a PhD from Stanford University in 1956. He became fascinated with the emerging world or solid-state circuits while working on his PhD and made that that focus of his career. Dr. Gibbons worked closely with William Shockley in the establishment of the IC Lab at Stanford in 1957. He was a pioneer contributor to the application of ion implantation to the field of semiconductor fabrication, a critical contribution to the field. In addition to his tremendous contributions to semiconductors, he has made the same kind of significant contributions to education. In 1972, he invented Tutored Video Instruction, which is widely used at Stanford and elsewhere for continuing education of engineers. He has applied his tutored video instruction to pressing social problems, including the education of children of migrant farm workers (in the 1980's) and to anger management in at-risk teens (in the 1990's), primarily through SERA Learning Technologies, a company he founded.
semiconductor history; Stanford University; Engineering education; Ion implantation; Tutored Video Instruction; SERA Learning Technologies; Shockley, William; Linvill, John; Bell Laboratories; Remote learning