Sanad Bushnaq Visiting Scientist
Dr Sanad Bushnaq is an expert in semiconductors and microchips technologies. He is engaged in developing state-of-the-art flash memory chips and SSD products at Toshiba Memory Corporation (Kioxia) in Japan.
He joined MIT Media Lab as a visiting scholar in 2019.
Bushnaq focuses on creating new chip architectures at the nanometer–scale. He concentrates on finding transistor-level solutions that break the conventional trade-off between chip’s performance, power consumption and its area. Bushnaq was able to propose and implement many novel architectures in several generations of BiCS 3D flash memory chips, which made them faster, consume less power and smaller in size. As a result, many of his patents were implemented in the world’s first 48-layer 3D BiCS FLASH, and the world’s first 96-layer 3D BiCS FLASH, produced by Toshiba Memory.
Being also a part of the product strategy and planning team in Toshiba Memory, Bushnaq is involved in creating strategies for future generations of SSD products. Bushnaq employed his expertise in core chips to craft plans of mission-critical future business applications, like low latency SSDs.
Dr Bushnaq is also a well known public speaker who is actively engaged in giving talks and delivering lectures, especially in the Middle East, to strengthen ties between Japan and scientists in the region.
In November 2017, Bushnaq was humbly honored to receive a royal recognition from His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein as a ‘Jordanian Star of Science’ at the 8th World Science Forum, organized by UNESCO, the International Science Council and the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan.
Toshiba Memory Corporation celebrated the recognition of Bushnaq by creating the following introductory video on its official YouTube channel.
In addition, Bushnaq serves as a science and technology advisor to UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace, Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan, President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan and Chairman of the Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Amman, Jordan.
Bushnaq was born and raised in Jordan, before he moved to Japan in 2007. He obtained his Masters and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo.