Professor Umesh Mishra was named the Donald W. Whittier Chair in Electrical Engineering. The Donald W. Whittier Chair is an endowment established to support the teaching and research activities of a distinguished faculty member within UCSB’s College of Engineering. Donald W. Whittier founded the Mericos Foundation, a charitable foundation based in South Pasadena that supports various philanthropic activities in the Southern California area. Mr. Whittier actively supported philanthropic projects in Santa Barbara until his death in 1983.
Professor Mishra joined the ECE department in 1990. A recognized leader in the area of high-speed field effect transistors, Professor Mishra has made major contributions at every laboratory and academic institution for which he has worked. His current research areas attempt to develop an understanding of novel materials and extend them into applications.