Background

  • Naturalized US Citizen (since 1995). Resident of Troy, New York (since 2002). Born in Stuttgart, Germany (1956).
  • Undergraduate degree (1977), Graduate degree (1981) and Doctorate degree (1986) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Member Scientific Staff, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Solid-State Chemistry Department, Stuttgart, Germany (1981-1985).
  • Member of Technical Staff and Member of Management at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel and Murray Hill, New Jersey (1985-1995).
  • Professor of Electrical Engineering at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts (1995-2002).
  • Professor and several leadership positions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI, Troy, New York) (2002-present).
  • Current academic position: Full Professor of Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI, Troy, New York)
  • Leadership positions held at RPI include Head of the Future Chips Constellation (2002-2015) and Director of Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center funded by the US National Science Foundation with $40 million over 10 years (2009-2010).
  • Inventor or co-inventor of more than 35 issued US patents in the field of semiconductor microelectronics and optoelectronics.
  • Author or co-author of more than 300 technical articles published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Author of six textbooks on semiconductor microelectronics and optoelectronics.
  • My technical publications have received more than 30 000 citations. My patents have been licensed to multiple companies. My books are used as educational textbooks at Universities around the world.