Institute Faculty

Divyakant Agrawal

Computing Solutions Group
Professor, Department of Computer Science

Divyakant Agrawal's long-term research activities have been in the area of designing and developing innovative solutions, systems, and algorithms for large-scale systems such as databases...
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Bassam Bamieh

Buildings & Design Solutions Group
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bassam Bamieh's research interests are in the fundamentals of control and dynamical systems, as well as the applications of systems and feedback techniques in several physical...
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Kaustav Banerjee 

Computing Solutions Group
Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Kaustav Banerjee’s current research interests include nanometer-scale issues in VLSI (very large scale integration) as well as circuits and systems issues in...
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Guillermo Bazan

Production & Storage Solutions Group Head
Professor, Materials, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Gui Bazan’s research interests include synthesis of organic molecules with architectures that optimize optoelectronic performance and photophysics of conjugated organic solids...
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Elizabeth Belding

Elizabeth Belding

Computing Solutions Group
Professor, Computer Science 

Elizabeth Belding’s research focuses on mobile networking, specifically multimedia, monitoring, advanced service support, and solutions for developing and under-developed regions...
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Dan Blumental

Daniel Blumenthal

Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Daniel Blumenthal’s research interests are in optical communications, photonic packet switching and all-optical networks, all-optical wavelength conversion and regeneration, ultra-fast communications...
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John Bowers

Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group Head
Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

John Bowers is interested in energy efficiency and the development of novel low power optoelectronic devices for the next generation of optical networks...
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Forrest Brewer

Computing Solutions Group
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering 

Forrest Brewer's research focuses on VLSI design and coupled tools development based on systematic and formal approaches as well as heuristic analysis. Further research...
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Steven Buratto

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Steven Buratto’s research is focused on applying near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) and near-field optical spectroscopy (NFOS) to the study of thin films and surfaces... 
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Michael Chabinyc

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor & Associate Chair, Materials

Michael Chabinyc studies materials for flexible electronics and energy storage and conversion. Specific interests include hybrid organic devices for energy storage...
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Tim Cheng

Computing Solutions Group
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Tim Cheng’s current research interests include design validation, verification, testing and multimedia computing. He manages two research labs: SoC Design and Test Lab...
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Bradley Chmelka

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Chemical Engineering

Bradley Chmelka’s research in nanotechnology explores new materials for energy conversion (e.g., batteries, fuel cells). His research is motivated by the need to understand at a molecular level the fabrication...
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Frederic Chong

Computing Solutions Group Head
Professor, Computer Science

Fred Chong’s current research focuses on novel computing technologies, architectural support for computer security and reliability, next-generation embedded systems, and the environmental impact...
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Larry Coldren

Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group
Professor, Electrial and Computer Engineering

Larry Coldren’s research currently focuses on components and fabrication techniques for III-V optoelectronic integrated circuits, including vertical-cavity lasers...
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Christopher Costello

Economics & Policy Solutions Group
Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management 

Christopher Costello is Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara...
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Steven DenBaars

Lighting Solutions Group Head
Professor, Materials, Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Steven DenBaars is interested electronic materials growth and the fabrication of new semiconductor devices. He explores energy efficiency through research on high-efficiency, high-power LEDs...
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Bryan Eisenhower

Buildings & Design Solutions Group
Associate Director of the Center for Energy Efficient Design

Bryan Eisenhower is interested in cutting edge research in design and optimization of mechanical systems ranging from heating and cooling equipment, to power generation and whole-building systems...
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Amr El Abbadi

Computing Solutions Group
Professor, Computer Science

My research interests are in the fields of fault-tolerant distributed systems and databases. I have designed several protocols for highly available fault-tolerant systems and have also been...
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Glenn Fredrickson

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Chemical Engineering, Materials

Glenn Fredrickson's research involves the theoretical analysis of complex fluids and polymers including suspensions, polymer solutions, and melts, and especially block and graft copolymers...
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Roland Geyer

Computing Solutions Group
Economics & Policy Solutions Group
Assistant Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Roland Geyer is interested in the life cycle of manufactured goods—the processes in the form of energy and material flows that are related to transforming raw materials into products and, ultimately, waste...
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Frédéric Gibou 

Buildings & Design Solutions Group
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics

Frédéric Gibou's research is focused on the design and the applications of new high resolution multi-scale computational algorithms for a variety of applications including materials science...
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John Gilbert

Computing Solutions Group
Professor, Computer Science

John Gilbert’s research interests include high-performance computing, combinatorial scientific computing, numerical linear algebra, sparse matrix methods, computation with large graphs...
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Arthur Gossard

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Materials, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Arthur Gossard’s special interests are molecular beam epitaxy, the growth of quantum wells, superlattices, magnetic semiconductors and metal/semiconductor nanocomposites...
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Craig Hawker

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Materials, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Craig Hawker is interested in the interface between organic and polymer chemistry with emphasis on the design, synthesis, and application of well-defined macromolecular structures...
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Alan Heeger

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Physics, Materials

Alan Heeger and his colleagues discovered conducting polymers (for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize), a novel class of materials with electrical and optical properties...
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João Hespanha

Buildings & Design Solutions Group
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

João Hespanha’s current research interests include hybrid and switched systems; the modeling and control of communication networks; distributed control...
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Chandra Krintz

Computing Solutions Group
Associate Professor, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Chandra Krintz's research interests include automatic and adaptive compiler, programming language, virtual runtime, and operating system techniques that improve performance...
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Brandon Kuczenski

Brandon Kuczenski

Economics & Policy Solutions Group
Assistant Researcher, Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER)

Brandon Kuczenski graduated from UC Berkeley in 2001 and worked for Kesington Laboratories developing control systems for semiconductor manufacturing robotics. In 2003 he began... 
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Carlos G. Levi

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Materials, Mechanical Engineering

The overarching theme of Carlos Levi's research is the fundamental understanding of microstructure evolution, with emphasis on structural alloys and ceramics...
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Gary Libecap

Economics & Policy Solutions Group
Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Gary Libecap is interested in common pool resource problems and how property rights institutions (private, group) can or cannot address them. If he finds they have not or have been adopted late...
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Upamanyu Madhow

Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Upamanyu Madhow's research interests are in wireless communication, sensor networks and data hiding. The main focus of his research is on new architectures and algorithms for next generation wireless communication and sensor networks...
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Mel Manalis

Economics & Policy Solutions Group
Senior Lecturer and Research Physicist, Environmental Studies

Mel Manalis’s research interests surround the development of quantifiable sustainability measures as well as integrated energy planning, industrial ecology, and green nuclear energy...
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Malgorzata Marek-Sadowska

Computing Solutions Group
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering  

Malgorzata Marek-Sadowska's research interests are in the area of computer-aided design with an emphasis on layout and logic synthesis of VLSI circuits and systems. Her earlier works...
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Eric Matthys

Buildings & Design Solutions Group
Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Eric Matthys' research interests include non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and heat transfer, with experimental investigations of the characteristics of complex fluids such as surfactant solutions or polymer solutions, especially turbulent flow...
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Eric McFarland

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Chemical Engineering

Eric McFarland has broad-ranging research interests with direct links to industrial problems. His research activities are focused on coupling fundamental processes at surfaces with novel material systems...
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Eckart Meiburg

Buildings & Design Solutions Group

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Eckart Meiburg's research interests lie in the general area of fluid dynamics and transport phenomena. He primarily employs the tools of computational fluid dynamics (CFD)...
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Carl Meinhart

Buildings & Design Solutions Group
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Professor Meinhart's research group investigates fundamental fluid mechanics problems at the micro-scale and nano-scale, with special emphasis on transport issues in MEMS-based sensors for detection...
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John Melack

Economics & Policy Solutions Group
Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology

John Melack's research has emphasized ecological processes in lakes, wetlands, and streams, as well as hydrological and biogeochemical aspects of catchments. He leads...
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Igor Mezi

Buildings & Design Solutions Group Head
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics

Igor Mezic’s research interests include the science and technology of energy efficiency dynamics, including building systems, micropower generation and power grids; dynamical systems theory of complex systems...
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Umesh Mishra

Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group
Lighting Solutions Group
Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Umesh Mishra’s research interests include energy efficient high-speed transistors, optoelectronics, semiconductor device physics and advanced processing and integration techniques...
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Jeffrey Moehlis

Buildings & Design Solutions Group
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Jeffrey Moehlis’s research interests include applying dynamical systems techniques to understand the response dynamics of neural populations, the dynamics of natural and artifical swarms...
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Daniel Morse

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Wilcox Professor, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Biomolecular Science & Engineering

Daniel Morse conducts research at the intersection of biotechnology and nanotechnology in a new interdisciplinary collaboration that combines the approaches of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology...
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Shuji Nakamura

Lighting Solutions Group
Professor, Materials

Shuji Nakamura's research includes MOCVD (metal-organic chemical vapor deposition), UVPE (ultraviolet photoelectrons), and growth and device fabrication of light-emitters based on the wide bandgap semiconductor gallium nitride (GaN). Nakamura’s work...
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Thuc-Quyen Nguyen

Thuc-Quyen Nguyen

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Thuc-Quyen Nguyen's current research interests are electronic properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes, interfaces in optoelectronic devices, charge generation and transport in organic semiconductors...
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Brad Paden

Buildings & Design Solutions Group
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Professor Paden's research is directed at understanding the dynamics and control of electromechanical systems. Applications of interest are biomedical systems...
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Sumita Pennathur
Production & Storage Solutions Group
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Sumita's research in the Nanoscale Device Laboratory is focused on novel studies of chemical and biological species using fabricated nanoscale devices with special attention to energy conversion...
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Pierre Petroff

Lighting Solutions Group
Professor, Materials, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pierre Petroff 's research is in the field of self-assembled nanostructures using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). His most recent work focuses on the electronic properties of novel hybrid materials...
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Volkan Rodoplu

Computing Solutions Group
Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Volkan Rodoplu’s area of expertise is wireless communications and networking. His current research focuses on: (1) Protocol Design and Optimization for Wireless Networks, (2) Quality of Service in Mobile Networks, (3) Underwater Wireless Networks...
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Mark Rodwell

Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mark Rodwell’s research focuses on extending the operation of electronics to the highest feasible frequencies. His research interests includes energy efficient semiconductor devices...
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Adel Saleh

Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group
Adjunct Professor and Researcher, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Saleh is a Researcher and an Adjunct Professor in the ECE Department at UCSB since October 2011, conducting research on optical networking and photonics technology for chip-scale to global-scale applications...
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Jon Schuller

Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group
Production & Storage Solutions Group
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

At a fundamental level, our research concerns novel physical phenomena that occur when light interacts with objects of subwavelength dimensions. As engineers...
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Rachel Segalman
Professor, Chemical and Material Engineering

Her postdoctoral research in conjugated polymer synthesis and properties took place at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France in 2003...
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Ram Seshadri

Lighting Solutions Group
Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Materials, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Ram Seshadri’s research encompasses a number of areas in the chemistry of inorganic materials, including new ways of preparing materials, seeking clues from nature on how to make new high-performance materials,  magnetism in inorganic solids...
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Timothy Sherwood

Computing Solutions Group
sherwood [at] cs [dot] ucsb [dot] eduAssociate Professor, Computer Science

Timothy Sherwood's research is in the area of computer architecture, specifically in the development of novel high throughput hardware and software methods by which systems can be monitored and analyzed...
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James Speck

Lighting Solutions Group
Professor, Materials

James Speck’s research on semiconductors emphasizes relationships between thin film electronic materials growth, microstructure and physical properties. Together with colleagues at the Center for Energy Efficient Materials, Speck researches group III nitrides...
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Galen Stucky

Production & Storage Solutions Group
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Materials

Galen Stucky’s research focuses on organic and inorganic interface chemistry including conversion of methane to chemicals and fuels, photovoltaic and photocatalytic composite systems and organic/ inorganic bioassembly...
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Sangwon Suh

Economics & Policy Solutions Group Head

Assistant Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Sangwon Suh's research interests include how materials and energy are extracted from nature, how they are transformed and used, and, finally, how they are discarded back to nature, which forms the metabolic structure of the coupled, human-nature complexity...
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Luke Theogarajan

Computing Solutions Group
Electronics & Photonics Solutions Group
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Luke Theogarajan is interested in energy-efficient circuit architectures for computation and energy efficient materials for light-harvesting. He is currently collaborating with Institute Director John Bowers...
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Kimberly Turner

Buildings & Design Solutions Group
Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering

The focus of Prof. Kimberly Turner's group is in understanding the physics of microscale devices from experimental dynamic motion behavior of the system. They design, model, analyze and experimentally characterize the dynamics of various MEMS devices...
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Chris Van De Walle

Lighting Solutions Group
Professor, Materials

Chris Van De Walle’s research interests lie in novel electronic materials, including wide-bandgap semiconductors (III-V nitrides, II-VI compounds, and oxides). The group III nitrides...
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Anton Van der Ven
Associate Professor, Material Engineering

I am interested in understanding and predicting equilibrium and non-equilibrium materials properties from first-principles. I combine electronic structure methods (density functional theory) with techniques from statistical mechanics...
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Claude Weisbuch

Lighting Solutions Group
Professor, Materials

Calude Weisbuch’s research activities deal mainly with optics of semiconductors, and physics and applications of low-dimensional structures such as quantum-well and quantum-dot lasers. His research contributions...
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Richard Wolski

Lighting Solutions Group
Professor, Computer Science

Richard Wolski’s research interests include cloud computing, computational grid computing for performance, and parallel and distributed systems. He works with the Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing...
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Fred Wudl

Production & Storage Solutions Group

Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Materials

Fred Wudl is widely known for his work on organic conductors and superconductors with the discovery of the electronic conductivity of the precursor to the first organic metal and superconductor. His interest in electronically conducting polymers resulted in the discovery...
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Henry Yang

Buildings & Design
Chancellor; Professor, Mechancial Engineering

Under Henry Yang’s leadership as chancellor, UC Santa Barbara has become a leader in energy-efficient building and design. The campus is home to the most LEED-certified buildings in the UC system (ten)...
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Haitao Zheng

Computing Solutions Group
Associate Professor, Computer Science

Heather Zheng’s general research interests include wireless networking and systems, mobile computing and multimedia computing. She is also interested in security, distributed systems and social networks...
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