ECE alumnus Tansu honored for innovation

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In December 2016, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) awarded electrical and computer engineering alumnus Nelson Tansu (BS ‘98, PhD ‘03) the distinction of NAI fellow. The Daniel E. ’39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor and director of the Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics at Lehigh University, Tansu was among 175 distinguished academics to receive the honor in 2016.

Nelson Tansu
Nelson Tansu

Election as an NAI fellow is bestowed upon academic innovators who are prolific in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions or innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and societal welfare. Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

The 2016 fellows will be inducted on April 6, 2017, as part of the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Ma. U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Andrew H. Hirshfeld will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony.

Tansu has made seminal advances in the invention and innovation, fundamental sciences, and device technologies of III-V and III-Nitride semiconductors. He has more than 16 U.S. patents and his work is integrated in today’s state-of-the-art solid-state lighting technology. He has published in more than 114 refereed journals and more than 230 conference publications, and his work has been cited more than 5,350 times. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research—including the Harold A. Peterson Best ECE Dissertation Award at UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Forward Under 40 Award for outstanding young alumni.

“As a Wisconsin alum (I am also married to another Wisconsin alum), I have always had a great passion for the institution,” says Tansu. “I am truly humbled by this recognition as fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. It is incredibly gratifying even to be considered for such an honor, and it is truly humbling for me to be elected into this highly respected group. I sincerely thank my advisors, teachers and mentors at Wisconsin, and I still maintain close contact with many folks there. I had a wonderful opportunity to get an excellent education at Wisconsin, and this has a long-lasting impact.”

Author: Engineering External Relations