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ECE Professor Larry Coldren receives the 2017 Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award from the Optical Society of America (OSA)

May 1st, 2017

Larry Coldren
Coldren given the recognition for his “major contributions to photonic integrated circuits” – the award is presented annually for significant contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based optical devices and materials, including basic science and technological applications

“This is indeed a major honor,” said Coldren, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in UCSB’s College of Engineering. “It is especially important to me, because it honors Professor Holonyak, who I have known and respected all of my professional career, and it is also endowed by Don Scifres with his wife and company, people I have also known and respected for a long time. We have all worked in similar areas for many years.”

“Larry Coldren has an extensive record of making important contributions in photonics, both as a world-renowned researcher and technological entrepreneur and as a teacher, as evidenced by his widely used photonics textbook,” said UCSB College of Engineering Dean Rod Alferness. “We at the College of Engineering offer Larry our warmest congratulations for receiving the OSA’s Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award for 2017.”

Coldren joined the ECE Department in 1984 and is also a professor of materials at UCSB. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the OSA and the Institute of Electronics Engineers in the UK. In addition, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors.

Established in 1997, the OSA award honors Nick Holonyak, Jr., who has made distinguished contributions to the field of optics through the development of semiconductor based light emitting diodes and semiconductor lasers.

The UCSB Current – "An Illuminating Honor" (full article)

The Optical Society of America (OSA) – Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award

Coldren's COE Profile