Highlights of the 2019 Symposium
New Faculty Presentations
Since graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis, Chang-Hasnain has become a world leader in the field of optics and photonics, specifically semiconductor optoelectronic materials and devices, with extraordinary contributions in vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). Her inventions have helped to establish VCSELs as the dominant technology for datacenter optical fiber communications, optical coherence tomography and 3D sensing. VCSELs are now widely used in laser printers, cell phone cameras, computer mice and many other modern technical devices.
Professor Chang-Hasnain is currently a distinguished professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley and the Associate Dean for Strategic Alliances for Berkeley’s College of Engineering. She is an IEEE fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 2009. She was recently elected president of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the largest professional society in optics. She is also a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee to the International Commission on Optics in the National Academy of Sciences and received a Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences in 2009. She was honored with the 2018 Okawa Prize for her “pioneering and outstanding research of VCSEL photonics through the development of their novel functions for optical communications and optical sensing.”
Professor Chang-Hasnain was presented the Award by the Chair of the ECE Board of Advisors Dr. Babak Taheri (PhD ‘94) during the Industrial Affiliates Symposium on Friday, April 12, 2019. During the symposium, she gave a keynote presentation on the impact of photonics and VCSELs in the contemporary technologies. She began by reminiscing about when she transferred from a community college back in early 1980. According to Prof. Chang-Hasnain, she received the best possible education to leverage herself into an intern position at Hewlett Packard Labs after only one quarter of course work. She thought her UC Davis experience was transformative and she never felt any barrier to potential careers. Prof. Chang-Hasnain told more than 150 attendees, “At UC Davis, I figured out what I was good at and my professors were really helpful.”
This year we had our first ever networking segment of the symposium. There was a dedicated time for students and affiliates to meet, speed-networking style. This opportunity gave students and affiliates a chance to discuss collaborations and learn more about different industry needs and opportunities.