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Edward Yu is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds the Judson S. Swearingen Regents Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his A.B. (summa cum laude) and A.M. degrees in Physics from Harvard University in 1986, and his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1991. In September 1992, following a one-year postdoctoral appointment at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, he joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego as Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and Professor in 1998. In 2009 he assumed his current position on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin.
Professor Yu has been the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award (1995), an ONR Young Investigator Award (1995), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1995), and the UCSD ECE Graduate Teaching Award (1997), and is an AVS Fellow. He has served on numerous conference organizing committees including General Chair (2005-07) and Program Chair (2003-05) of the TMS Electronic Materials Committee and Electronic Materials Conference, and Division Chair and Program Chair of the AVS Nanometer-Scale Science and Technology Division. He is an alumnus of the 2000-01 Defense Sciences Study Group (DSSG), and currently serves as a member of the DARPA Defense Sciences Research Council (DSRC).
Professor Yu directs a research laboratory concerned generally with the characterization, understanding, and application of physical phenomena and of solid-state material and device properties at nanometer to atomic length scales. Current research interests in his group include photovoltaics and other technologies for energy generation; scanning probe characterization of advanced electronic materials and devices; III-V nitride heterostructure materials and device physics; and solid-state nanoscience and nanotechnology generally. The results of his research have been reported in over 130 archival journal publications and over 200 conference and seminar presentations.