Chemical & biological engineer elected
to national academy
In February, the National Academy of Engineering included Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Thomas Kuech among its 68 newest members. Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions for engineers. The academy recognized Kuech for his contributions in developing and characterizing compound semiconductors.
In particular, Kuech and his students study methods for forming these nanoscale structures, which drive high-power devices such as those used for wireless and optical telecommunications. He has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of chemical vapor deposition, a method for developing semiconductors with controlled electronic and optical properties.
In addition, Kuech and his students are developing ways to increase the functionality of compound semiconductors for use in applications ranging from solar cells to biological sensors.
A fellow of the American Physical Society, he came to UW-Madison in 1990. He earned his PhD in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology.