Innovation is clearly a key element of our company's culture and success. Our team members push new boundaries and solve the problems that are opening up new possibilities for what memory can do in the world. It is important that we have a forum to recognize the tremendous work our team members do for both Micron and the memory industry.
That is why we launched our new Technical Innovators Program designed to recognize team members for innovation deemed significant by the company. Starting this quarter, team members who are named as an inventor on 25 or more Micron Innovation Awards and/or U.S. patents issued to Micron are being recognized by the program as Micron Innovators.
This quarter, our Innovator of the Quarter features Micron's most-decorated innovator, Senior Fellow Gurtej Sandhu.
Sandhu holds a doctorate in physics and is named as an inventor on over 1,250 U.S. patents issued to Micron. He is widely recognized as being one of the world's most prolific inventors.
In his current role, Sandhu is responsible for silicon-to-package research and development technology roadmaps. He drives cross-functional alignment across various departments, manages engineering groups on critical technology projects, and interacts with research partners and consortia around the world.
Sandhu has been actively involved in helping to develop a broad range of technologies for integrated chip processing. He also pioneered several process technologies currently employed in mainstream semiconductor chip manufacturing, including technologies to print lines at a pitch double or quadruple (line width at half or smaller) than what was possible with conventional photolithography.
Sandhu earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and his doctorate in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers senior fellow.
I am very excited to see this program come to life as a way to recognize our top talent. Continued innovation is critical to our success as a company as well as the broader industry at large.