Awards and Accolades News

  • Dec 14
    2016
    From the article "Invention Honors" in the UCSB Current, written by Sonia Fernandez: UC Santa Barbara professors James Speck and Larry Coldren are among the newest fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).   Both professors in the UCSB College of Engineering, Speck and Coldren are recognized by NAI for their “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or... read more »
  • Aug 24
    2016
    From the UCSB Current article, A Leader of Light: John Bowers, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials at UC Santa Barbara, has been selected to receive the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Award. Bowers is the first faculty member from UCSB to receive the honor, which recognizes his “pioneering... read more »
  • Jul 15
    2016
    From the UCSB Current:  UC Santa Barbara Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Shuji Nakamura has been elected to Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s preeminent research institution. Nakamura, UCSB's sixth Nobel laureate, is among 22 new scholars and scientists elected to the prestigious academy at its biennial Convocation of Academicians earlier this... read more »
  • May 19
    2016
    President Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to UC Santa Barbara research professor Arthur Gossard in a special ceremony at the White House on Thursday, May 19.  Prof. Gossard is a professor emeritus of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering and he is among eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and nine... read more »
  • May 5
    2016
    Congratulations to Materials staff Tawny Hernandez, the Department's Financial Analyst, and Yukina Warner, Corporate Programs Manager for SSLEC, on receiving 2016 Citation of Excellence Awards. The Award acknowledges and celebrates outstanding achievements and meritorious service of career staff. Each year, only ten awards are give.  Tawny received the 2016 Citation of... read more »
  • Apr 20
    2016
    Professor Shuji Nakamura traveled to London, England on April 14th to receive The Asian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science & Technology.  The Asian Awards were born out of a simple vision - to create an event which would honour only the very highest levels of achievement from within the worldwide Asian community and to create one of the most important events... read more »
  • Apr 11
    2016
    Professor Robert (Bob) Odette has been selected as a 2016 Fellow of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), in recognition of his “sustained contributions to irradiation effects in materials, leading to improved regulatory guidelines for nuclear reactor safety and development of advanced materials for fusion energy”. As a TMS Fellow, Prof. Odette is honored as a... read more »
  • Mar 28
    2016
    Prof. Susanne Stemmer was selected as a 2016 National Security Science and Engineering Fellow (NSSEFF). Prof. Stemmer is one of 15 university faculty scientists and engineers chosen for the 2016 class.  According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the NSSEFF program awards grants to top-tier researchers from American universities to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic... read more »
  • Mar 24
    2016
    From the UCSB Current:  Galen Stucky, a professor of materials and of chemistry, made a major advance in medical technology when he developed a kaolin clay-based gauze that can stanch arterial bleeding. The potentially life-saving innovation has become a staple for first responders. For this work, Stucky received the 2008 Advanced Technology Applications for Combat... read more »
  • Feb 8
    2016
    Prof. Chris Van de Walle was elected to the National Academy for Engineering (NAE) for his "contributions to the theory of semiconductor interfaces and its impact on optoelectronic devices." From the NAE website: Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those... read more »
  • Jan 21
    2016
    Professor Tresa Pollock was recently appointed new principal editor of the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions (Met Trans) family of journals. She  will begin her editorship on September 1, 2016, working alongside current principal editor, David Laughlin, through the end of 2016 when he steps down from the position. Prof. Pollock was the 2005 TMS (The... read more »
  • Jan 4
    2016
    When that middle-of-the-night call finally came, it was Alan Heeger’s wife who answered the phone. She turned to him, he recalled, and no sooner had she sleepily announced, “Someone from Sweden is on the line,” than Heeger himself came awake and shouted, “Don’t hang up!” It had been years since his name was first bandied about as a contender for the Nobel Prize. As he... read more »
  • Dec 24
    2015
    Prof. Chris Palmstrøm received the 2015 Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Innovator Award at the North American MBE conference held this past October in Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Prof. Palmstrøm was honored “for innovations in MBE growth of dissimilar materials and in-situ interface formation studies.” To be recognized as an MBE Innovator, an individual’s work must have... read more »
  • Dec 18
    2015
    Four UC Santa Barbara faculty members, three from the Materials Department, have been elected to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for 2015. Recognized for their “highly prolific spirit of invention,” professors John Bowers (Materials), Craig Hawker (Materials), Umesh Mishra and Galen Stucky (Materials) are among the newest fellows elected by the organization. They... read more »
  • Dec 18
    2015
    Alstria office REIT-AG, one of Germany’s largest listed commercial real estate companies, has made a gift to UCSB to support research in organic solar cells.  John van Oost, former Deputy Chairman of Alstria and now Managing Partner and co-founder at Fluxus Ventures, recognized that organic solar cells have potential in the area of building integrated solar and initiated... read more »
  • Nov 23
    2015
    Craig Hawker, a UC Santa Barbara professor of Materials, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is one of 43 new members elected to the organization’s Chemistry section, and is recognized “for revolutionizing materials research through the development of powerful synthetic methods and strategies for molecularly... read more »
  • Nov 11
    2015
    A new era for advanced materials When UCSB Materials Professors Anton Van der Ven and Tresa Pollock accepted the invitation to the White House for the kickoff of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) in 2012, it was clear that a new era for Advanced Materials had reached the national agenda. In the intervening years, a broad array of federal and industrial programs aimed... read more »
  • Nov 6
    2015
    Professor Rachel Segalman was recently elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Prof. Segalman was nominated by the Division of Polymer Physics for “pioneering contributions to the understanding of conjugated, polypeptoid, and ion-containing polymers and co-polymers.” To be elected as a Fellow of APS, a candidate must have exceptional contributions to... read more »
  • Oct 19
    2015
    Four faculty from the UCSB Materials Department were named by mass media company Thomson Reuters to its Highly Cited Researchers 2015 list. Professors Alan Heeger, Craig Hawker, Guillermo Bazan, and Arthur C. Gossard are recognized by Reuters for their published work having a major impact on their fields of research. Highly Cited Researchers 2015 recognizes scientists... read more »
  • Oct 16
    2015
    Assistant Professor Stephen Wilson, recently named a 2015-2016 Hellman Fellow, will receive support from the Hellman Fellows Fund for new research addressing the role of electronic correlations in transition metal oxides being explored as battery materials.   Prof. Wilson’s current research focuses on materials with complex electronic structure that have promise for... read more »
  • Jun 30
    2015
    Professor Larry Coldren received the International Conference on Indium Phosphide & Related Materials (IPRM) Award in recognition of his leading contributions to the development of InP-based semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits for optical fiber communications. The award was presented on June 30th at the 2015 Compound Semiconductor Week, held at UC... read more »
  • Feb 19
    2015
    The editors of the Journal of Polymer Science and the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the ACS are delighted to announce that the JPS Innovation Award winner for 2015 is Rachel Segalman. The award recognizes Rachel for her innovative work, such as unraveling the principles underlying the processing /structure/property relationships in block... read more »
  • Jan 8
    2015
    Robert McMeeking, Professor of materials and of mechanical engineering at UC Santa Barbara, has been appointed inaugural recipient of the Tony Evans Chair in Structural Materials. McMeeking’s appointment recognizes his outstanding achievements in mechanics and materials, including nonlinear fracture mechanics, transformation toughening of ceramics, mechanics of composite... read more »
  • Jan 6
    2015
    Professor Shuji Nakamura has been selected for the 2015 Charles Stark Draper Prize of the National Academy of Engineering. Along with Isamu Akasaki, M. George Craford, Russell Dupuis and Nick Holonyak Jr. the prize is being awarded for “the invention, development, and commercialization of materials and processes for light-emitting diodes (LEDs).” The $500,000 annual award... read more »
  • Dec 1
    2014
    Professor Ram Seshadri has been elected to Fellowship of the American Physical Society for his significant contributions: "to developing structure-composition-property relations in functional inorganic oxides, to the understanding of the role of lone-pair electrons in polar and ferroic behavior, to frustrated magnetism and frustrated ferroics, and to novel phosphors for... read more »