Paul Daniel Dapkus
William M. Keck Chair in Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Physics and Astronomy
Monday, March 5th, 2018, 3 – 5PM, EEB 132
Title: Enabling the Photonics Revolution with Novel Materials Technologies
In this talk, I will describe my journey from the southside of Chicago through university and industrial research labs to USC. I will highlight research activities in which I have been involved that have contributed to the advancements highlighted above and how the unique environment at USC has facilitated these efforts.
BS with Honors in Engineering Physics, University of Illinois 1966
MS in Physics, University of Illinois 1967
PhD in Physics, University of Illinois 1970
William M. Keck Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Director, Center for Energy Nanoscience and Technology at USC
University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA
Director, Center for Energy Nanoscience – DoE Energy Frontier Research Center
Department Chair, Electrical Engineering – Electrophysics (2005 – 2008), USC
Director, Center for Photonic Technology at USC (1999 – 2008), USC
Director, National Center for Integrated Photonic Technology (NCIPT) (1991- 1997), USC
Co-Principal Investigator(1989 -1992), National Center for Integrated Photonic Technology (NCIPT), USC
Co-Founder and Director(1986-89: 1993-97), Center for Photonic Technology, USC
Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; 1982- present
Manager, Microelectronics R&D Center, Rockwell International , Thousand Oaks, CA; 1979-1982
Supervisor, Electronics Research Center, Rockwell International, Anaheim, CA ; 1976-1979
Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ ; 1970-1976
- Professor Dapkus has trained a cadre of students (> 50) who now form an important core of technology development within the LED and laser industry. This group includes a founder of Cree Lighting (formerly Nitres) and Soraa, the chief technologist at LatticePower, the Director of Device Engineering, Lumileds, Founder and CEO of E2O, Founder and CTO of T-Networks, several senior engineers at Lumileds, Infinera, Intel, Samsung, HP Labs and LG, as well as several start-up companies. He has also educated five individuals who have pursued University faculty careers with research emphases in similar areas. These people all received a broad science and technology education as PhD students in Professor Dapkus’ interdisciplinary group.
- Professor Dapkus has helped to found three companies in the area of compound semiconductor materials and devices.
- As one of the early innovators in MOCVD technology, Professor Dapkus’ research effort has maintained a broad program of basic materials science and materials science applications as well as fundamental device science and technology that has trained over 55 people in the thirty-five years he has been in academe.
- He has published over 500 papers in reviewed scientific journals.
- He has won numerous awards including the John Tyndall Award of IEEE and OSA, the IEEE David Sarnoff Award, the Heinrich Welker Award, the Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award of the OSA, The SPIE Technology Achievement Award, the IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement award, the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award.
- He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors.
- He is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, AAAS, and the OSA
- He has received support for his research from a broad array of funding agencies including DARPA, ONR, NRL, ARO, BMDO, AFOSR, NSF, DoE, NREL, ARL.
- He has led three National Centers in Photonics and one Energy Frontier Research Center. These are multi-investigator multiyear research and development activities.