John E. Bowers
John E. Bowers is Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also the West Coast Director of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) and CTO and cofounder of Calient Networks and Chairman of the Board of BioIQ. His research interests are primarily concerned with silicon photonics, optoelectronic devices, optical switching and transparent optical networks. Bowers is cofounder of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Management, and founder of Terabit Technology (sold to Ciena). Bowers received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UCSB.
Bowers is a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He was an elected member of the IEEE LEOS Board of Governors, a LEOS Distinguished Lecturer, and Vice President for Conferences for LEOS. He has published eight book chapters, 450 journal papers, 700 conference papers and has received 52 patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He and coworkers received the ACE Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007.
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Roger Helkey is Associate Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and also the West Coast Associate Director of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). His research interests include silicon photonics and energy efficiency. Helkey spent 15 years at Calient Networks, developing optical switching as a low-power alternative to electrical switching for data center and telecommunications applications. Helkey received the B.S. degree from Caltech and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Helkey is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has published four book chapters, 40 journal papers, and received 41 patents.
Jane Allen is the Financial Manager for the Institute for
Energy Efficiency. She is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day financial operations of IEE, as well as all stages of extramural
fund administration, including proposal preparation, financial
management, and oversight.
whitney [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
Whitney is the Contract and Grant Analyst for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She works with the Financial Manager on the day-to-day financial operations for the Institute as well as all stages of extramural funding, including reporting, invoicing and proposal preparation. She also oversees the personnel process and is responsible for analyzing payroll and general ledgers as well as other related financial and research administration.
Prior to joining the institute, Whitney worked in Boston with a group of non-profit grant making organizations dedicated to ending homelessness and improving educational outcomes for urban schools in Massachusetts. She received her dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of California, Davis.
Katherine Grayson is the Financial Coordinator for the Institute of Energy Efficiency. Under the general supervision of the Financial Manager, she is responsible for payroll and time reporting, shipping/receiving/purchasing, and travel and entertainment reimbursements. She maintains the entry of all financial transactions and liens to the internal shadow system, assembles supporting documentation, and maintains complete and accurate financial files to ensure the department is "audit ready" at all times. In addition, she assists, as needed, with arrangements for meetings and events related to IEE affiliation and/or contracts and grants.
Before joining IEE, Katherine attended Southern Vermont College and received her bachelor's in Business Administration and Management. Previously, she was employed by a private wealth management firm and spent time as an assistant account manager for an insurance agency in her home state of Connecticut.
Kaitlyn LeGros is the Lead Events & Marketing Assistant for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She assists the Events & Marketing Manager with events and acts as the liason to visiting seminar speakers. Kaitlyn is responsible for preparing email announcements and promotional materials.
Kaitlyn is a junior at UCSB majoring in Psychology and Art History. After graduation, she plans to continue working in the events and marketing fields.
Alexis Wilkman is the Events & Marketing Assistant for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She assists the Events & Marketing Manager with events and acts as the liason to visiting seminar speakers. Alexis is responsible for preparing email announcements and promotional materials.
Alexis is a junior double-majoring in Biology and Philosophy with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy. She hopes to pursue a career in Bioethics, and is passionate about sustainability and environmental justice.
Alex Swider is a Student Financial Assistant for the Institute of Energy Efficiency. He assists with tracking and organizing the expenditures of the company and to help keep records.
Alex is a junior at UCSB majoring in Biochemistry. After graduation he plans on pursuing graduate school for medicine or research.