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The Solid State Lighting & Energy Center is located in the new addition of the Engineering Sciences II Building at the University of California Santa Barbara

Solid State Lighting & Energy Center
University of California
Engineering II, Bldg. 503, Rm. 1355
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5055

(805) 893-5039 Tel
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executive committee
Shuji Nakamura

Shuji Nakamura
Co-Director of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Center. Professor of Materials and The Cree Professor in Solid State Lighting and Display. His research includes MOCVD, UVPE, and growth and device fabrication of light-emitters based on the wide-bandgap semiconductor gallium nitride (GaN). He is the recipient of the 2006 Millennium Technology Prize for his invention of revolutionary new energy-saving light sources. (more)

Steven DenBaars Steven DenBaars
Co-Director of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Center. Professor of Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Mitsubishi Chemical Professor in Solid State Lighting & Display. His research areas are in MOCVD growth of wide-bandgap semiconductors (GaN-based) and their application to blue LEDs and laser and high power electronic devices. (more)
James Speck James Speck
Professor of the Materials Department, focuses his research on the relationship between thin-film electronic materials growth (MOCVD and MBE), microstructure, and the relation between microstructure and physical properties. (more)
Umesh Mishra Umesh Mishra
Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A recognized leader in the area of high-speed field effect transistors. His current research areas attempt to develop an understanding of novel materials and extend them into applications. He is the Director of the ONR MURI Center (IMPACT) on wide bandgap semiconductor based electronics. (more)
chris van de walle Chris G. Van de Walle
Joined the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara as Professor of Computational Materials in 2004. His research interests lie in novel electronic materials, including wide-bandgap semiconductors (III-V nitrides, II-VI compounds, and oxides); the physics and chemistry of hydrogen interactions with solids, liquids, and molecular systems; and hydrogen in materials: storage and production (photoelectrochemical cells). (more)
sherylle mills englander Sherylle Mills Englander
Director of the Office of Technology & Industry Alliances at UC Santa Barbara. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law and a Bachelors of Music from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining UCSB in 1999, she was a litigator specializing in entertainment law in Los Angeles, then served the Smithsonian Institution, negotiating copyright and trademark licensing agreements.
Dina Lozofsky Dina Lozofsky
Manager of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Center’s intellectual property (IP).  Dina holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, an MBA from USC's Marshall School of Business and is a registered Patent Agent.Prior to joining UCSB in 2010, she had more than a decade of experience in IP management and in leveraging IP to structure strategic alliances for both companies and universities.
Rod C. Alferness,
Formerly the Chief Scientist at Bell Labs, was appointed the new Dean of ollege of Engineering at UCSB effective September 1, 2011. Pending approval, Dr. Alferness will be named the Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering. He is world-renowned for his work on optical switching technology and architecture, and his research has been central to the development of fiber optic communications systems.
participating faculty
john bowers John Bowers
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency, and a member of the Technology Management Program (TMP). In July 2009, he was appointed to the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology. Professor Bowers' research interests are in energy efficiency and in the development of novel optoelectronic devices for the next generation of optical networks. (more)
larry coldren Larry A. Coldren
Professor of Materials and Electriclal & Computer Engineering Departments, is the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Optoelectronics Technology Center. His research currently focuses on components and fabrication techniques for III-V optoelectronic integrated circuits, including vertical-cavity lasers and widely tunable lasers for applications to optical switching and noiseless amplification. (more)
herbert kroemer Herbert Kroemer
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Materials Department. Professor Kroemer has received numerous national and international honors and awards for his work, most recently-and most notably-the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics "for developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed- and opto-electronics," and the 2002 IEEE Medal of Honor.
pierre petroff Pierre Petroff
Professor in the Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering Departments. His most recent work focuses on the electronic properties of novel hybrid materials, quantum wires, and quantum boxes. (more)
ram seshadri Ram Seshadri
Professor of Materials in the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL). His research encompasses a number of areas in the chemistry of inorganic materials, including new ways of preparing materials, magnetism in inorganic solids, oxide and chalcogenide nanoparticles, chemical patterning of inorganic materials on large (micrometer) length scales, seeking clues from nature on how to make new high-performance materials, and finally, using first principles electronic structure calculations to predict new material properties. (more)
chris van de walle Claude Weisbuch
Distinguished professor in the Materials Department. His research contributions to SSLEC are in the area of blue laser diodes and micro cavity LEDs. (more)




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