Summit Speaker: Steve DenBaars
Lighting Solutions Group Head, Institute for Energy Efficiency
Dr. DenBaars is a Professor of Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering Departments, and the Mitsubishi Chemical Professor in Solid State Lighting & Display. He is also the Executive Director of the Solid-State Lighting & Energy Center at UC Santa Barbara. From 1988-1991 Prof. DenBaars was a member of the technical staff at Hewlett- Packard's Optoelectronics Division involved in the growth and fabrication of visible LEDs. Specific research interests include growth of wide-bandgap semiconductors (GaN based), and their application to Blue LEDs and lasers and high power electronic devices. This research has lead to the first US university demonstration of a Blue GaN laser diode and over 32 patents pending on GaN growth and processing. His awards and honors include NSF Young Investigator Award (1994-1999); Young Scientist Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (1998), IEEE Fellow (2005), Mitsubishi Chemical Professor of Solid State lighting and Display (2004), USC Viterbi School of Engineering Distinguished Alumni (2007); and Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.