Department of Electrical Engineering
B.S.E.E., University of Washington, 1970; M.S.E.E., University of Washington, 1971; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1975
Semiconductor lasers; Photonic integrated circuits; Epitaxial growth, solid-state and quantum device theory, properties of materials, semiconductor processing, submicron optics, holography, and gratings
Research Accomplishments and Activities
Author and co-author of more than 280 technical publications, seven book chapters, and 32 patents; Associate editor, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 1989-1996; Elected IEEE Fellow for contributions to the development, fabrication, and understanding of semiconductor lasers; Awarded IEEE Millennium Medal; Past President of the SMU Faculty Senate; Past member of the SMU Board of Trustees; Co-founder, Vice-President, and member of the Board of Directors of Photodigm (2000 – 2011). Past Chairman of the Princeton, NJ, and Dallas, TX Sections of the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS), Past Chairman of the Santa Monica Bay Section of the IEEE, Finance Chairman for the 1994 IEEE International Semiconductor Laser Conference, Technical Program Vice Chair for the 1996 International Communications Conference; and Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 2012 IEEE International Semiconductor Laser Conference.
I was born about the same time the transistor was invented, and I still recall the shocking news of Sputnik, so I believe curiosity and fascination with technology are essential to success in research. I think that almost any student who is willing to work hard can excel academically at SMU. We have tremendous opportunities for cross-disciplinary research, and small class sizes allow for significant interactions with faculty and our labs provide hands-on experience.