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    Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Shun Lien Chuang received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1976, and the M.S., E. E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, 1981, and 1983, respectively. In 1983, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently the Robert MacClinchie Distinguished Professor. He was a visitor at AT&T Bell Laboratories (1989), the SONY Research Center (1995), and NTT Basic Research Laboratories (1997). He was also a visitor at NASA Ames Research Center (1999), Fujitsu Research Laboratories (2000), Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge (2002), and Technical University of Berlin (2009). He is conducting research on nanolasers, plasmonics, strained quantum-well and quantum-dot semiconductor lasers, superlattice detectors. He is leading a multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI) team conducting research on fundamental study of defects in type-II superlattice infrared photodetectors.

    He is the author of Physics of Photonic Devices, 2nd edition, 2009, (Physics of Optoelectronic Devices, first edition, 1995), Wiley, New York. He has published more than 380 journal and conference papers and given many invited talks at conferences and institutions.

    He served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology (2007-2008) and the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics (1997-2003). He was a General Co-Chair for Slow and Fast Light Meeting of the Optical Society of America, July, 2008 and has served in many technical program committees of IEEE and Optical Society of America. He was a Feature Editor for a special issue in Journal of Optical Society of America B on Terahertz Generation, Physics and Applications in 1994. He also edited a feature section on Mid-Infrared Quantum-Cascade Lasers in the June 2002 issue of the Journal of Quantum Electronics.

    He received the Engineering Excellence Award from the Optical Society of America in 2004, the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optical Society (LEOS) Distinguished Lecturer Award for 2004-2006, and the William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award from IEEE (LEOS) in 2007. He received the Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Scientists in 2008-2009. He is an elected member in the Board of Governors for the IEEE Photonics Society for 2009-2011. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the IEEE, and the Optical Society of America. He has been cited many times for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Illinois. He received the Andersen Consulting Award for excellence in advising in 1994 and was selected as an Associate at the Center for Advanced Study (campus honor) at the University of Illinois in 1995. He was also awarded a Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to visit the University of Tokyo in 1996.


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