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Since 1925 UCLA has honored its most distinguished scholars by selecting them to deliver this special annual lecture. By honoring them in this way, members of the academic community have an opportunity to appreciate these scholars' achievements in a way they may not have otherwise had.

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99th Faculty Research Lecture
The End of the Semiconductor Roadmap:
The Collision of Physics, Economics, and Sociology

Eli Yablonovitch , Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering
UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

October 25, 2005
3:00 - 4:30 PM

Eli Yablonovitch received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1972. He worked for two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and then became a professor of Applied Physics at Harvard. In 1979, he joined Exxon to do research on photovoltaic solar energy. Then in 1984, he joined Bell Communications Research, where he was a Distinguished Member of Staff, and also Director of Solid-State Physics Research. In 1992, he joined the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is a professor of electrical engineering.

His work has covered a broad variety of topics: nonlinear optics, laser-plasma interaction, infrared laser chemistry, photovoltaic energy conversion, strained-quantum-well lasers, and chemical modification of semiconductor surfaces. Currently his main interests are in optoelectronics, high speed optical communications, high efficiency light-emitting diodes and nano-cavity lasers, photonic crystals at optical and microwave frequencies, quantum computing and quantum communication.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for introducing photonic band-gap engineering and applying semiconductor concepts to electromagnetic waves in artificial periodic structures, and then to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society. Yablonovitch is a Life Member of Eta Kappa Nu. He has been awarded the Adolf Lomb Medal, the W. Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, the R.W. Wood Prize, and the Julius Springer Prize. His other honors are listed in the Awards section below.

Yablonovitch was one of the founders of the Photonic and Electromagnetic Crystal Structures (PECS) workshops organized by Photonic Crystal International that began in 1999. PECS VI will be held in Crete in June 2005.

In addition to his other responsibilities at UCLA, Yablonovitch is director of the Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense, a $20 million, multi-campus project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency and Defense MicroElectronics Activity, designed facilitate the rapid transition of research innovations in the nanosciences into applications for the defense sector. He also is co-director of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Center for Scalable and Integrated Nano-Manufacturing, an $18 million venture that will focus on developing cost-effective nanomanufacturing technologies by working closely with industry. He is also an active member of the California NanoSystems Institute.


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