Role in Affiliated
Executive Committee Member of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Center; Member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors and the Center for Energy Efficient Materials
Umesh Mishra’s research interests include energy efficient high-speed transistors, optoelectronics, semiconductor device physics and advanced processing and integration techniques. A recognized leader in the area of high-speed field effect transistors, Mishra’s current research attempts to develop an understanding of novel materials and extend them into applications such as group three nitride (III-N) based high-efficiency solar cells and high-efficiency gallium nitride (GaN) LEDs.
Umesh Mishra received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, as well as an M.S. degree from Lehigh University and a B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology. He joined the ECE Department at UC Santa Barbara in 1990 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. A recognized leader in the area of high-speed field effect transistors, Mishra has made major contributions at every laboratory and academic institution for which he has worked, including Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California; the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; and General Electric, Syracuse, New York. He has led the development of GaN-based electronics at UCSB in part through the generous support of several MURI centers of which he has been the Director.