Professor Skowronski obtained his Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Warsaw University (Warsaw, Poland) for work on transition metal ions in semiconductors. His post-doctoral appointment was in H. C. Gatos's Electronic Materials Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he investigated native point defects in GaAs. In 1986, he joined Cabot Corporation (Billerica, MA) to work on crystal growth of III-V semiconductors. In 1988, he moved to Carnegie Mellon University
Skowronski's research focuses on phenomena, materials and devices for energy efficient computation. The applications include non-volatile high density memories and logic, novel switching phenomena in solids, and nanofabrication.