Tansu

Nelson Tansu

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Director for the Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics
Lehigh University

Prof. Nelson Tansu is Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (elected in 2016). Tansu is the Daniel E. '39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Director for the Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics (CPN) at Lehigh University. He received his B.S. degree (Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, and Physics; with Highest Distinction) and his Ph.D. degree (Electrical Engineering / Applied Physics) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 1998 and May 2003, respectively. He had made seminal advances to the invention and innovation, fundamental sciences, and device technologies of III-V and III-Nitride semiconductors. Specifically, his innovations have impacted areas of dilute-nitride diode lasers, and III-nitride semiconductor technologies for energy efficiency. He has more than 16 US patents, and his work is integrated in today’s state-of-the-art solid state lighting technology. He has authored more than 121+ refereed journals and 260+ conference publications. His work has been funded (~ $13.38 million in 14 years) by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Energy (DOE), DARPA, US Department of Defense (DOD), US Department of Education, and State of Pennsylvania. Other selected awards include: 2003 Harold A. Peterson Best ECE Dissertation Award (at Wisconsin), 2010 Wisconsin Forward Under 40 for Outstanding Young Alumni Award (at Wisconsin), Wisconsin Prominent Alumni (2012-present), Wisconsin Notable Alumni List (2016-present). Tansu was selected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)’s Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) programs (2008, 2009, 2012, and 2014), and he also served as the Organizing Committee for the 2009 NAE’s U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. His life story as a professor was published in the form of best-selling children’s book “Nelson the Boy who Loved to Read” in his native country Indonesia. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Photonics and Editorial Board Members in 8 other leading journals in applied physics and nanotechnology.