LINDA PETZOLD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Distinguished Lecture Series

The Emerging Roles and Challenges of Stochasticity in Biological Systems

Wednesday, September 25, 2013; 3:30-4:30pm; Mitchell Hall


Bio: Linda Petzold is currently Professor in the Department of Computer Science (Chair 2003-2007) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Computational Science and Engineering Graduate Emphasis at the University of California Santa Barbara. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of ACM, ASME, SIAM and AAAS. Dr. Petzold was named the UCSB Faculty Research Lecturer for 2011, and was awarded the SIAM/ACM Prize for Computational Science and Engineering in 2013. Her research focuses on modeling, simulation and analysis of multiscale systems in biology and materials. Dr. Petzold received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.



JONATHAN TURNER, Washington University

Distinguished Lecture Series

Building Networks in the Clouds

Wednesday, November 20, 2013; 3:30-4:30pm; Mitchell Hall

Bio: Jonathan Turner holds the Barbara and Jerome Cox Chair of Computer Science at Washington University, where he has been since 1983. For most of his career, his research concentrated on high performance networks. His current focus is on overlay networks that provide advanced network services to demanding distributed applications, such as large-scale virtual worlds. Dr. Turner was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs (1977-1983), and was co- founder and Chief Scientist for Growth Networks, a startup company that developed scalable switching components for Internet routers and ATM switches, before being acquired by Cisco Systems in early 2000. He is a Fellow of both ACM and IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and received the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award (1994) and the IEEE Millennium Medal (2000). Dr. Turner received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.



NEIL KIRBY,  Business Development Manager for the HVDC & FACTS

Digital Systems Seminar

HVDC – Connecting to the future

Wednesday, February 26, 2014; 11:15am-12:15pm; Evans Hall


Abstract:  The seminar will give a broad introduction to the development of High Voltage DC (HVDC) Transmission in power systems around the world, which has for many years been based on the thyristor as the semiconductor of choice. The newly introduced voltage source converter technology, based on the use of the IGBT transistor, has increased the range of potential applications, and removed many barriers to enable the more extensive use of HVDC. Further development work is ongoing in many areas to bring reduced cost, additional functionality, improved integration of renewable generation, and to build more intelligent power systems for the future.

Bio:  Neil Kirby joined Alstom Grid after graduating from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England in 1982, and was initially based at the power electronics design center in Stafford, England. Neil has worked in many areas of HVDC projects, including the detailed design of control systems hardware and software, and more broad-based project engineering.  He has also worked on extended assignments on various HVDC project sites including UK, Canada, India, South Korea, carrying out commissioning work, and taking responsibility for overall system tests.  In 2003 Neil moved with his family to Philadelphia in the USA, and is presently Business Development Manager for the HVDC & FACTS business in N America.




Distinguished Lecture Series

Disruptive Innovation in the Telecommunications Market

Wednesday, March 5, 2014; 1:00-6:00pm; Clayton Hall


Bio: David Welch co-founded Infinera, and served as CTO, CMO, CSO and EVP before his appointment as President in June 2013. He is currently serving a second term on the Board of Directors. Previously, he was CTO and VP Corporate Development at SDL. Dr. Welch holds over 130 patents, and has been awarded the Adolph Lomb Medal, Joseph Fraunhofer Award and the John Tyndall Award in recognition of his technical contributions to the optical industry. He is a Fellow of the OSA and the IEEE. Dr. Welch holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.



NAOMI HALAS, Rice University

Distinguished Lecture Series

Plasmonics: a Nanoscale Focus on Cross-cutting Science and Technologies

Tuesday, April 22, 2014; 3:30-4:30pm; Mitchell Hall


Naomi Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and founding director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University.  Dr. Halas is a pioneer in the field of plasmonics, creating the concept of the “tunable plasmon” and inventing nanoparticles with resonances spanning the visible and infrared regions of the spectrum.  She is author of more than 250 refereed publications, has more than fifteen issued patents, and has been cited more than 30,000 times.

She is co-founder of Nanospectra Biosciences, developing photothermal therapies for cancer and other diseases, and co-founder of Eureka Sun, commercializing nanoparticle-based solar steam generation. Dr. Halas is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a recipient of the APS 2014 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids. She is a Fellow of six professional societies: OSA, APS, IEEE, AAAS, SPIE, and MRS.



ANDREA GOLDSMITH,  Stanford University

Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Road Ahead for Wireless Technology: Dreams and Challenges

Wednesday, April 23, 2014; 3:30-4:30pm; Gore Hall


Bio: Andrea Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering and a Professor of EE at Stanford University. She co-founded and serves as CTO of Accelera, Inc., which develops software-defined wireless network technology, and previously co-founded and served as CTO of Quantenna Communications Inc., which develops high-performance WiFi chipsets. Dr. Goldsmith is a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and she has received several awards for her work, including the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecture Award, the IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She is author of Wireless Communications and co-author of MIMO Wireless Communications and Principles of Cognitive Radio. Dr. Goldsmith received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California Berkeley.



ALEXANDER V. ANDRIANOV, Leading Research Fellow of the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, Head of the Optical and THz Spectroscopy Group

NEP Seminar Series

Wannier-Stark Localization and THz Emission from SiC Natural Superlattices

Tuesday, August 26, 2014; 4:00-5:00pm; Evans Hall


Recent results of the study of intense THz emission from SiC structures with natural superlattices (NSL) in high electric fields will be presented and discussed. The set of experimental data allows the emission to be attributed to optical transitions of electrons between the Wannier-Stark ladder (WSL) states, which are formed in the NSL in high electric fields. Experimental data also suggest that due to specific properties of the SiC band structure, both intra-WSL and inter-WSL optical transitions can be observed in the THz emission at very high electric fields. The intense, linearly polarized THz electroluminescence with adjustable frequency could find applications for tunable THz emitters.


Dr. Andrianov graduated in 1979 from Leningrad Ulyanov-Lenin Electrotechnical Institute. He received the PhD degree from the Ioffe Institute in 1983, and the DrSc degree in 2007 (Ioffe Institute). He worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department of Nottingham University during 1996-1998, and then as Visiting Professor in 2005 and 2006 (on-leave from Ioffe Institute). During his research career, Dr. Andrianov studied optical properties and non-equilibrium phenomena in semiconductors and low-dimensional structures by laser-induced ballistic photocurrents, photoluminescence, and Raman scattering methods. During the last decade, Dr. Andrianov has been performing THz spectroscopy studies of semiconductors and low-dimensional systems, including coherent THz spectroscopy based on the generation and detection of THz electromagnetic waves with ultrashort optical pulses. Dr. Andrianov is the author of more than 180 scientific publications. In 1988 he received the USSR Prize for Young Scientists in the Field of Physics (USSR Lenin Komsomol Prize) for the discovery of Circular Ballistic photocurrents in crystals. In 2006 he was appointed as Special Honor Professor of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering School of Nottingham University, Nottingham (UK).




NEP Seminar Series

Doped semiconductors for mid-infrared plasmonics

Tuesday, September 2, 2014; 4:00-5:00pm; Evans Hall


Abstract: The fields of plasmonics and metamaterials have seen significant growth in recent years, due to the interest in confining light to subwavelength volumes both for fundamental physics studies as well as novel device architectures. Much of this work has been done in the visible spectral range with traditional metals such as gold and silver. In this talk, I will discuss my recent work using new materials, specifically heavily-doped InAs grown by molecular beam epitaxy, for infrared plasmonic devices. I will explain the advantages of these new materials over traditional plasmonic materials in the infrared and demonstrate that they act as near-perfect Drude metals with tunable optical properties which can also be integrated with existing semiconductor optoelectronic devices. I will then demonstrate the utility of such materials in the fabrication of nanoantennas, which allow for confinement of the electric field in nano-scale volumes and thus enhanced interaction of long-wavelength infrared light with nano scale particles. I will close by discussing some recent work using other semiconductor materials.


Bio: Dr. Law received her B.S. in Physics from Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, where she studied interactions between superconductors and semiconductors.  She then held a postdoctoral position in the Electrical Engineering department at Illinois where she demonstrated the feasibility of using doped semiconductors as tunable, low-loss infrared plasmonic materials.  She is currently the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware.  Her research investigates the use of novel materials and architectures for plasmonic and metamaterial devices in the infrared and THz.



AYDOGAN OZCAN, University of California, Los Angeles

Distinguished Lecture Series

Democratization of Next-Generation Imaging, Diagnostics and Measurement Tools Through Computational Photonics

Wednesday, September 24, 2014; 3:30-4:30pm; Mitchell Hall


Aydogan Ozcan is the Chancellor’s Professor at UCLA and an HHMI Professor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at UCLA School of Engineering, and is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Dr. Ozcan holds 22 issued patents (all of which are licensed), and is the co-author of more than 350 peer reviewed research articles. He is a Fellow of SPIE and OSA, and has received numerous major awards including PECASE, SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award, ARO Young Investigator Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award and MIT’s TR35 Award for his seminal contributions to near-field and on-chip imaging, and telemedicine based diagnostics. Dr. Ozcan is also the recipient of the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award, Popular Science Brilliant 10 Award, Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, Netexplorateur Award, Microscopy Today Innovation Award, the Wireless Innovation Award, and the Okawa Foundation Award.


REINALDO VALENZUELA, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Laboratories

Distinguished Lecture Series

5G: Technology Opportunities and Challenges

Wednesday, November 12, 2014; 3:30-4:30pm; Mitchell Hall


Reinaldo A. Valenzuela received a B.Sc. from the University of Chile and Ph.D. from Imperial College.  He is currently the Director of the Wireless Communications Research Department at Bell Laboratories, and is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff.  Dr. Valenzuela has been at the forefront of many of the recent advances in wireless systems; his research includes propagation measurements and models, MIMO/space time systems achieving high capacities using transmit and receive antenna arrays, HetNets, small cells, and next generation air interface techniques and architectures. He is the author of more than 185 papers, has forty-four issued patents, and more than 20,000 citations in Google Scholar.  Dr. Valenzuela is a 'Highly Cited Author' In Thomson ISI, a Fulbright Senior Specialist, an IEEE Fellow, and a Bell Labs Fellow.  For his pioneering contributions to MIMO technology, he was awarded the 2010 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award.