The Center for E3S proudly announces that Prof. Eli Yablonovitch (center director and leader of the nanoelectronics research theme) and Prof. Tsu-Jae King Liu (faculty director of education and leader of the nanomechanics research theme) have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. The National Academy of Inventors is an organization that champions the societal benefits of university research, and currently has 912 fellows.
Prof. Yablonovitch is a pioneer in optoelectronics. He championed the use of strained semiconductor lasers in today’s optical telecommunication and coined the term “photonic crystal”. Luxtera Inc., a company Prof. Yablonovitch co-founded, is the originator and world leader in silicon photonics, and his start-up company Ethertronics Inc. has shipped over 1.7 billion cellphone antennas.
Prof. Liu is a leading expert in semiconductor devices and technology. She co-invented the FinFET transistor, which is used today in leading-edge integrated circuits. Prof. Liu co-founded Progressant Technologies, Inc., which was acquired by Synopsys, Inc., and she presently holds 94 patents and an additional 80 patents pending in the field of semiconductor devices and fabrication methods.
For more information, please see: http://news.berkeley.edu/story_jump/three-innovators-elected-to-national-academy-of-inventors/