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CONNIE CHANG-HASNAIN BIOGRAPHY

Connie Chang-Hasnain is the John R. Whinnery Chair Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. degree from the same department in 1987. Prior to joining the Berkeley faculty, Dr. Chang-Hasnain was a member of the technical staff at Bellcore (1987–1992) and an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University (1992–1996). She currently serves as Chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) Graduate Group. She is also an Honorary Member of A.F. Ioffe Institute (Russia), Chang Jiang Scholar Endowed Chair at Tsinghua University (China), Visiting Professor of Peking University (China) and National Jiao Tung University (Taiwan).

Prof. Chang-Hasnain’s research interests span from devices to materials and physics, particularly focusing on new optical structures and materials for integrated optoelectronics. Most recently, she and her students achieved ground-breaking results of nano-lasers on MOS-silicon based on their discovery of a brand new nano-material growth mode. This is promising for large-scale integration of optoelectronic devices with CMOS circuits. Another research thrust involves a new type of subwavelength grating, a simple thin-film chip-scale structure that can potentially completely replace all bulk optics, with 1 million times size reduction and 1,000 times speed increase. These results will have profound impact to silicon and optical communication industries. Both work received much attention including coverage in Physics Today, Laser Focus and ABC Evening News.

Prof. Chang-Hasnain is recognized by international scientific community with awards such as IEEE David Sarnoff Award 2011 for pioneering contributions to vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays and tunable VCSELs; Optical Society of America (OSA) Nick Holonyak Jr. Award 2007 from for significant contributions to vertical cavity surface emitting laser arrays, injection locking and slow light; and Japan Society of Applied Physics Microoptics Award 2009 for distinguished works and contributions to develop and to promote microoptics technologies. She received the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship 2009, Humboldt Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Foundation 2009, and Chang Jiang Scholar Endowed Chair Award from the Peoples Republic of China 2009. She was also awarded with one of the most prestigious faculty fellowship in 2008, the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship by the Department of Defense. This award provides $4.5M funding over 5 years for long-range research. In addition, many of her students received best paper awards in international conferences, including the Photonics Society Annual Meeting 2010, International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors 2010, Optical Fiber Communication Conference 2009, 65th Annual Device Research Conference, etc.

Prof. Chang-Hasnain contributed significantly to the founding and building up of Designated Emphasis in Nanoscale Science and Engineering, for which she serves as Chair since 2006. She developed a new graduate course on Nanoscale Fabrication, which is co-listed by EECS and NSE. It has been well received with excellent enrollment from many departments. Part of the DE-NSE program focuses on development of leadership skills by reaching out to high-school students and students from disadvantaged communities. To this extent, she initiated a Summer High-School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP), in which high school students gained opportunity to do hands-on scientific investigations in research labs at UC Berkeley and the DE students designed research projects and served as mentors to supervise students. Since 2007, this program hosted 44 SHARP students working with 50 mentors from 20+ laboratories in 10 departments. Among the 44 SHARP interns, about 45% have been female and 15% underrepresented. This program has been extremely well received.

International collaboration is a critical segment for the training of NSE students due to the global synergy and rapid advances of nanotechnology in Europe and Asia. Under Prof. Chang-Hasnain’s leadership, the NSE established several programs. First of all, NSE has an exchange program which hosts visiting graduate students from abroad. Thus far, it hosted 34 students from University of Wurzburg, Technical Univ. Munich, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Peking University and Tsinghua University. Secondly, NSE funds UCB graduate students international internships to spend time in foreign laboratories. Thus far, more than 20 UCB students spent time in Germany, Japan, China, Spain and Sweden.

In addition, Prof. Chang-Hasnain launched a 2-week international summer school: the international Nano-Optoelectronics Workshop (iNOW). This series was held in Wurzburg (05), Berkeley (06), China (07), Japan (08), Germany (09) and China (10). iNOW highlighted state-of-the-art nanoscale semiconductor processing and synthesis, new physics on the tailorable optical and electrical properties, advanced characterization techniques, and novel devices with new functionalities. Each year, Prof. Chang-Hasnain funded more 15 graduate students from UCB NSE and EECS to attend this workshop. In total, more than 200 doctoral students each year from institutions worldwide presented posters in four student poster sessions. Students had an unique opportunity to network, learn each other’s research, and broaden their understanding of research and experiences to collaborate with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Professor Chang-Hasnain is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Lightwave Technology since 2007. She was a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board and a member of the Board on Assessment of NIST Programs and Chair of the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory (EEL) Panel, National Research Council. She has been active in technical conferences, including serving as General Technical Co-Chair and General Co-Chair for Asia Pacific Optical Communications (APOC) Conference in 2004 and 2005, respectively; Program and General Co-Chair for OSA Slow and Fast Light Topical Meeting in 2006 and 2007, respectively; and the OSA Frontiers in Optics Conference in 2007. Prof. Chang-Hasnain served as an IEEE LEOS Board of Governor and an OSA Director-at-Large.


Education

  • PhD Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1987
    Thesis Advisors: Professors John R. Whinnery and Andrew Dienes Thesis Title: "High power performance and modulation of semiconductor lasers"
  • MS Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
  • BS Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1982

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Awards
  • IEEE David Sarnoff Award, IEEE, 2011
    Citation: For pioneering contributions to vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays and tunable VCSELs
  • Chang Jiang Scholar Endowed Chair Award, the Peoples Republic of China, Ministry of Education, 2009
  • Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Foundation, 2009
  • Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2009
  • Microoptics Award, Microoptics Conference (MOC), The Japan Society of Applied Physics, 2009
    Citation: for distinguished works and contributions to develop and to promote microoptics technologies
  • National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship, U.S. Department of Defense, 2008
  • Nick Holonyak Jr. Award, Optical Society of America, 2007.
    Citation: for significant contributions to vertical cavity surface emitting laser arrays, injection locking and slow light
  • Gilbreth Lecturer, National Academy of Engineering, 2005
    Citation: in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of optical communications
  • Honorary Member, A. F. Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2005
  • William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society, 2003.
    Citation: for pioneering contributions to vertical cavity surface emitting lasers and VCSEL arrays for wavelength-division-multiplexing applications
  • Miller Professor, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, 2003-2004
  • Curtis W. McGraw Research Award, the American Society of Engineering Education, 2000.
  • Fellow of Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), 2003.
  • Fellow of IEEE, 1998.
    Citation: For contributions to electro-optics in the area of monolithic semiconductor laser arrays.
  • Fellow of Optical Society of America, 1997.
    Citation: For the design and analysis of vertical cavity surface emitting laser arrays and the invention of 2D wavelength-controlled optoelectronic devices.
  • Presidential Faculty Fellow, White House, 1994-7.
    30 awards are given annually by the White House to faculty in all areas of science and engineering. Sponsored by the NSF.
  • Packard Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 1992-7.
    20 awards are given annually to faculty in all areas of science and engineering.
  • Distinguished Lecturer Award of IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society, 1994-5.
    Citation Lecture: Vertical Cavity Laser Arrays
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 1994-5.
  • Reid and Polly Anderson Faculty Chair, Stanford University, 1993-5.
  • National Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation 1992-4.
  • Young Alumnus of the Year, University of California at Davis, 1993.
  • Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award Winner, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Electrical Engineer Society, 1992.
    Citation: by virtue of her notable contributions to electro-optics in the area of monolithic semiconductor laser arrays and leadership in professional societies.
  • Best Paper Award, The First Soviet-American Joint Workshop on the Physics of Semiconductor Lasers, Leningrad, USSR, May 1991.
    Paper Title: Monolithic multiple wavelength tunable vertical cavity surface emitting laser array.
  • Bellcore Interim Award, Bellcore, 1990-91.
  • D. J. Sakrison Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation from U.C. Berkeley, 1989.
    Thesis Title: High power performance and modulation of semiconductor lasers
  • Quantum Fellowship from the American Electronics Association, 1984-87.
  • California Fellowship in Microelectronics and Computer Sciences, 1982-84.
  • First Place in the PhD Preliminary Examination, EECS Dept., U.C. Berkeley, 1983.
  • Graduate with Highest Honor from University of California, Davis, 1982.
  • Departmental Citation, Dept. EECS, U.C. Davis, 1982.
  • Second Prize in IEEE Central Area Student Paper Contest, 1982.
  • President's Undergraduate Fellowship, UC Davis, 1981.

Awards Received By Mentored Students

  • Roger Chen, Best Student Award, 2010 IEEE Photonics Society Annual Meeting, Denvor, Co.
  • Roger Chen, ISCS Student Award, 2010 International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS ’10), Kagawa, Japan.
  • Christopher Chase, Best Poster Award. Workshop on photonic technologies for access and interconnects 2010, Stanford, CA.
  • Vadim Karagodsky, Second Place, Best Poster Award, international Nano-Optoelectronics Workshop (iNOW) 2010.
  • Wai Son (Wilson) Ko, Second Plase, Best Poster Award, iNOW 2010.
  • Christopher Chase, Third Place, Best Poster Award, iNOW 2010.
  • Roger Chen, Second Place, Best Poster Award, iNOW 2010.
  • Kar Wei (Billy) Ng, Third Place, Best Poster Award, iNOW 2010.
  • Michael Moewe, First Place, Best Poster Award, iNOW 2009.
  • Roger Chen, Second Place, Best Poster Award, iNOW 2009.
  • Christopher Chase, Third Place, Best Poster Award, iNOW 2009.
  • Wai Son (Wilson) Ko, Honorable Mention, Best Poster Award, iNOW 2009.
  • Roger Chen, National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship (NDSEG), 2009
  • Devang Parekh, Infinera Best Student Paper Award Finalist, Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC ‘09), San Diego.
  • Forrest Sedgwick, 2009 Leon Chua Award, EECS, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Bala Pesala, Demetri Angelakos Award, EECS, University of California, Berkeley 2009
  • Weijian Yang, Maxine Pao Memorial Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2009.
  • Linus C. Chuang, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley, 2009.
  • Xiaoxue Zhao, 2008 B.U. Chen Memorial Scholarship, Photonic Society of Chinese Americans.
  • Christopher Chase, Second Place, Student Poster Award, international Nano-Optoelectronics Workshop (iNOW) 2008.
  • Roger Chen, Second Place, Student Poster Award, iNOW 2008.
  • Michael Moewe, Honorable Mention, Student Poster Award, iNOW 2008.
  • Xiaoxue Zhao, 2007 Leon Chua Award, 2007. EECS, University of California, Berkeley.
  • M. Huang, Best Student Paper, 65th Annual Device Research Conference, 2007.
  • Ye Zhou, Best Student Paper Award, Optical Society of America (OSA), 2007.
  • Ye Zhou, M.C.Y. Huang and C.J. Chang-Hasnain, “Very Large Fabrication Tolerance of VCSELs Using High-Contrast Subwavelength Grating," Frontiers in Optics Conference, San Jose, CA, 17-20 September 2007.
  • Linus C. Chuang, First Place of Student Poster Award, iNOW 2007.
  • Linus C. Chuang, Michael Moewe, Shanna Crankshaw, Chris Chase, “Epitaxial III-V Nanowires on Lattice-Mismatched Substrates by MOCVD”, International Nano-Optoelectronics Workshop, Beijing and Lanzhou, China, 7/29-8/11/07
  • Bala Pesala, Best Paper of Topical Meeting, OSA, 2007.
  • Bala Pesala, Forrest G. Sedgwick, Alexander V. Uskov, Connie Chang-Hasnain, Tony H. Lin, “THz Tunable Slow Light and Fast Light of Ultrashort Pulses in Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers”, OSA Topical Meeting on Slow and Fast light, Salt Lake City, Utah, 8-11 July 2007.
  • Mike Huang, PhD 2007, received B.U. Wang Memorial Scholarship given by the Photonic Society of Chinese Americans, 2007
  • P. C. Ku, Ross Tucker Award, AIME Electronic Materials Awards, 2004
  • Lukas Chrostowski, Demetri Angelakos Award, EECS, University of California, Berkeley 2004
  • Chih-Hao Chang, PhD 2003, received B.U. Wang Memorial Scholarship given by the Photonic Society of Chinese Americans, 2003
  • Happy Hsin, Berkeley Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship, 2002-2006
  • Janice Hudgings, Best Student Paper Award, Optical Society of America, 1998. Paper: J.A. Hudgings, S.F. Lim, R.J. Stone, G.S. Li, W. Yuen, K.Y. Lau, and C.J. Chang-Hasnain, "Applications and Device Physics of a Novel VCSEL with an Intracavity Quantum-Well Absorber," OSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, October 1998.
  • Janice Hudgings, Intel Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1998-1999
  • Yongan Wu, graduate research assistant, received B.U. Wang Memorial Scholarship given by the Photonic Society of Chinese Americans, 1996.
  • Keith Toh, undergraduate research assistant, received Dean's Award for Academic Achievement for extraordinary intellectual accomplishments, Stanford University, 1995.
Last Updated December 2010