Professor Shuji Nakamura to receive the 2019 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy

Monday, December 16, 2019

Professor Shuji Nakamura has been selected to receive the 2019 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy. The biennial award, bestowed by the University of Louisville (UofL), is meant to to “acknowledge, publicize and disseminate outstanding ideas and achievements in research related to the sciences, engineering, technology and commercialization of renewable energy.”

“It is my great honor to receive the Leigh Ann Conn Prize,” said Nakamura, UC Santa Barbara’s CREE Distinguished Professor of Materials, and a recipient of other honors including the Millennium Technology Prize, membership in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. “Global warming is becoming a big issue; I hope that LED and laser lighting contribute to a bright future for human kind by reducing energy consumption.”

“Dr. Nakamura is a world-class scientist dedicated to the viability of LED technologies. His work and perseverance are an inspiration to us all,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi, who will confer the award. “The University of Louisville celebrates his research and its positive influence. In a world where energy use must be environmentally responsible, he is an outstanding winner of the Leigh Ann Conn Prize.” read more

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