Awards and Accolades News

  • Mar 23
    2018
    Materials Professor Omar Saleh receives the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, which grants about 20 Bessel awards each year.  To be nominated for the Bessel Research Award, scientists and scholars must be internationally renowned in their field, have completed their doctorate less than 18 years ago, are expected to continue producing... read more »
  • Jan 25
    2018
    Professor Chris Palmstrøm is the 2018 David Adler Lectureship Award recipient, "For innovative experimental research, lectures, and writing in the areas of dissimilar materials epitaxy, heterostructures and interfaces in thin films". This award recognizes an outstanding contributor to the field of materials physics, who is noted for the quality of his/her... read more »
  • Jan 24
    2018
       Blue and white gallium nitride-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are the backbone of new energy-efficient lighting systems. The efficiency of an LED white light bulb is 20 times that of a traditional incandescent bulb. The US government’s department of energy estimates in that country alone, the transition to LED lighting will save 261 terawatt hours (TWh) of... read more »
  • Jan 18
    2018
    The materials professor, who is also the research director for UCSB’s Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center, has been awarded the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP). Nakamura is recognized in the Lifetime Achievement category, which honors “an individual with an outstanding record of achievement in the renewable energy and sustainability sectors.”“The... read more »
  • Dec 21
    2017
    First, Prof. Pollock is the recipient of the TMS 2018 Morris Cohen Award.  This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the science and/or technology of materials properties.  Prof. Pollock was cited for “seminal contributions to the development of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering and its application to understanding the... read more »
  • Dec 19
    2017
    Materials Department Graduate Student Wennie Wang (Van der Walle group) won a Graduate Student Silver Medal at the recent Fall MRL in Boston for her research on first-principle calculations of electronic and optical properties in transition metal oxides.
  • Sep 26
    2017
    UCSB engineering professor Shuji Nakamura receives prestigious recognition from the Institution of Engineering and Technology Shuji Nakamura, a UC Santa Barbara professor of materials — and a Nobel laureate — has been awarded the 2017 Mountbatten Medal by the Great Britain-based Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one of the world’s largest engineering... read more »
  • May 3
    2017
    From the article, "An Illuminating Honor" in The UCSB Current, written by Sonia Fernandez: From UC Santa Barbara engineering professor Larry Coldren has received the 2017 Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award from the Optical Society (OSA) in recognition of his “major contributions to photonic integrated circuits.” The award is presented annually to an individual who has made... read more »
  • May 3
    2017
    The UCSB Materials Department congratulates four Ph.D. graduate students for recently being named 2017 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellows.  Rhys Kennard, Brandon Leu, Sean Murray, and Claire Weaver are first years in the Materials Ph.D. program.  Upon receiving the NDSEG Fellowship, Claire  Weaver said, "I am so proud of the UCSB Materials... read more »
  • Apr 21
    2017
    The Materials Department is pleased to announce a new professorship, the Mehrabian Endowed Chair in Materials.  Professor Carlos G. Levi will be the inaugural recipient of this Endowed Chair. Professor Levi is a dedicated educator and world-renowned researcher in the area of inorganic materials for thermo-structural applications, with emphasis on high temperature... read more »
  • Apr 7
    2017
    The Materials Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ram Seshadri as the inaugural recipient of the Fred and Linda R. Wudl Chair in Materials Science. Professor Seshadri joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, where he currently holds appointments of Professor of Materials and and Professor of Chemistry and... read more »
  • Apr 4
    2017
    UCSB Materials professor Tresa Pollock was recently named a 2017 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow. As a Fellow, she will receive a research grant of $3 million over five years to conduct revolutionary research on structural materials.  From the U.S. Department of Defense:  The Department of Defense (DoD) named 13 distinguished university faculty scientists and... read more »
  • Apr 4
    2017
    UCSB Materials professor Craig Hawker will receive the 2017 Charles G. Overberger International Prize for Excellence in Polymer Research from the American Chemical Society. This is a biennial award that recognizes and encourages accomplishments of unusual merit in the field of basic or applied polymer science.  The award, presented biennially, can be given to a scientist... read more »
  • Mar 16
    2017
    From The Pacific Coast Business Times: The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce this year’s Central Coast Innovation Awards winners. Each honoree is profiled in the B section of the Feb. 24-March 2 issue of the Business Times. Winners will be honored at an awards reception Thursday, March 16 at the Bacara Resort & Spa from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The... read more »
  • Dec 14
    2016
    From the article "Invention Honors" in the UCSB Current, written by Sonia Fernandez: UC Santa Barbara professors James Speck and Larry Coldren are among the newest fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).   Both professors in the UCSB College of Engineering, Speck and Coldren are recognized by NAI for their “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or... read more »
  • Dec 14
    2016
    From the article "Invention Honors" in the UCSB Current, written by Sonia Fernandez: UC Santa Barbara professors James Speck and Larry Coldren are among the newest fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).   Both professors in the UCSB College of Engineering, Speck and Coldren are recognized by NAI for their “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or... read more »
  • Aug 24
    2016
    From the UCSB Current article, A Leader of Light: John Bowers, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials at UC Santa Barbara, has been selected to receive the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Award. Bowers is the first faculty member from UCSB to receive the honor, which recognizes his “pioneering... read more »
  • Jul 15
    2016
    From the UCSB Current:  UC Santa Barbara Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Shuji Nakamura has been elected to Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s preeminent research institution. Nakamura, UCSB's sixth Nobel laureate, is among 22 new scholars and scientists elected to the prestigious academy at its biennial Convocation of Academicians earlier this... read more »
  • May 19
    2016
    President Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to UC Santa Barbara research professor Arthur Gossard in a special ceremony at the White House on Thursday, May 19.  Prof. Gossard is a professor emeritus of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering and he is among eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and nine... read more »
  • May 5
    2016
    Congratulations to Materials staff Tawny Hernandez, the Department's Financial Analyst, and Yukina Warner, Corporate Programs Manager for SSLEC, on receiving 2016 Citation of Excellence Awards. The Award acknowledges and celebrates outstanding achievements and meritorious service of career staff. Each year, only ten awards are give.  Tawny received the 2016 Citation of... read more »
  • Apr 20
    2016
    Professor Shuji Nakamura traveled to London, England on April 14th to receive The Asian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science & Technology.  The Asian Awards were born out of a simple vision - to create an event which would honour only the very highest levels of achievement from within the worldwide Asian community and to create one of the most important events... read more »
  • Apr 11
    2016
    Professor Robert (Bob) Odette has been selected as a 2016 Fellow of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), in recognition of his “sustained contributions to irradiation effects in materials, leading to improved regulatory guidelines for nuclear reactor safety and development of advanced materials for fusion energy”. As a TMS Fellow, Prof. Odette is honored as a... read more »
  • Mar 28
    2016
    Prof. Susanne Stemmer was selected as a 2016 National Security Science and Engineering Fellow (NSSEFF). Prof. Stemmer is one of 15 university faculty scientists and engineers chosen for the 2016 class.  According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the NSSEFF program awards grants to top-tier researchers from American universities to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic... read more »
  • Mar 24
    2016
    From the UCSB Current:  Galen Stucky, a professor of materials and of chemistry, made a major advance in medical technology when he developed a kaolin clay-based gauze that can stanch arterial bleeding. The potentially life-saving innovation has become a staple for first responders. For this work, Stucky received the 2008 Advanced Technology Applications for Combat... read more »
  • Feb 8
    2016
    Prof. Chris Van de Walle was elected to the National Academy for Engineering (NAE) for his "contributions to the theory of semiconductor interfaces and its impact on optoelectronic devices." From the NAE website: Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those... read more »