Texas ECE Alum Mike Krames Named IEEE Fellow

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 3:00pm

Texas ECE alumnus Mike Krames, President of Arkesso LLC (Palo Alto, CA, and Austin, TX), has been awarded the distinction of IEEE Fellow. Dr. Krames is recognized for leadership in gallium-nitride (GaN) based light-emitting device (LED) physics and its commercialization.  GaN devices have transformed the lighting and display industries and have become mainstream in daily life through their use in homes, automobiles, and mobile devices.

Dr. Krames received his BS in Electrical Engineering from The Universoty of Texas at Austin in 1989,

Dr. Krames led technology teams at Hewlett-Packard Co., Lumileds, Philips, and Soraa before forming his own firm, Arkesso, in 2015.  In the course of over two decades his leadership resulted in advances that would enable several LED product “firsts,” including automotive headlamps, true replacements for directional halogen lamps, and high-color-gamut flat panel displays.  In addition to many commercial achievements, Dr. Krames’ work led to fundamental improvements in the understanding of GaN-based device physics, including identifying Auger recombination as the main cause behind the otherwise mysterious “efficiency droop” observed for LEDs at high drive currents.  While at Soraa, Dr. Krames pioneered a new LED platform, GaN-on-GaN technology, which resulted in what is the world’s most efficient high-power, visible-spectrum LED.

Dr. Krames is a recognized world authority on LEDs and their applications for lighting and displays. He has served on numerous roundtables and panels for the U.S. Department of Energy and Basic Energy Sciences, and is Chair of the SPIE Photonics West Conference on Light-Emitting Diodes. Dr. Krames has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and more than 100 granted U.S. patents, and has served on several boards of directors/advisors. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (High Honors) from University of Texas, Austin, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  “It’s an honor to be recognized by IEEE and fellow peers, and to take a moment to acknowledge the impactful work from the fantastic teams I had the pleasure of leading over the years,” said Dr. Krames.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

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