Inano logoProfessor Saif Islam received his B.Sc. Degree in Physics from Middle East Technical University (1994, Turkey), M.Sc. degree in Physics from Bilkent University (1996, Turkey), M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1999, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2001, both from UCLA. He worked for the Optical Networking Research group of JDS Uniphase Corporation and the Quantum Science Research group of the Hewlett-Packard Laboratories during 2001-04. In 2004, he joined the University of California – Davis, where he is a Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department now. He served as the Vice-Chair during 2011-13 and as the Chair of his department during 2017–20. He served as the Director of the Northern California Nanotechnology Center during 2012-15. Prof. Islam co-founded two start-up companies based on his inventions with the support of UC Davis, UC Office of the President, and Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization (NIREC).

Prof. Saif Islam’s nanotechnology research focuses on synthesizing and incorporating low-dimensional and nanostructured materials and devices with conventional integrated circuit (IC) elements and systems. Unlike the research-based approach of sequentially processing individual nanostructures for device physics studies, his group employs massively parallel and mass-manufacturable nanofabrication to reproducibly fabricate low-cost nanodevice arrays in the areas of integrated nanoelectronics and ultra-fast optoelectronics, data communication, quantum sensing, computing, energy harvesting, disease sensing and prevention, and energy storage.

Prof. Islam has authored and co-authored more than 250 scientific papers, organized 33 scientific conferences and symposiums as a chair/co-chair sponsored by MRS, SPIE, and IEEE; and holds 42 US, and international patents as an inventor/co-inventor. He received NSF Faculty Early Career Award, Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, and Mid-Career Research Faculty Award, IEEE Professor of the Year, and the University of California – Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award- the highest teaching honor the University of California-Davis bestows on its faculties. Dr. Islam has been serving as a Senior Editor of IEEE Access and as Associate Editors for IEEE Photonics Journal and IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology. He is an elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Optical Society of America (OSA), International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

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  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2001
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1999
  • M.Sc. in Physics, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 1996
  • B.Sc. in Physics with High Honors, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1994

Professional Experience

  • Professor, University of California, Davis, Electrical & Computer Engineering 2011-Present
  • Professor and Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ of California, Davis, CA, 2017-20.
  • Director, Northern California Nanotechnology Center NCNC (renamed Center for Nano & Micro-Manufacturing – CNMM), 2012-14
  • Vice Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ of California, Davis, CA, 2011-13
  • Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, Electrical & Computer Engineering 2008-11
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, Electrical & Computer Engineering 2004-08
  • Postdoc Research Fellow, Hewlett-Packard Labs, Quantum Science Research Lab, 2002-04
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, San Jose State University, Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2002-03
  • Senior Scientist, Gazilllion Bits, Inc., San Jose, CA 2001-02
  • Staff Scientist, Optical Networking Research, JDS Uniphase Corporation/SDL Inc., 2000-01

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 2020 Link
  • Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2018 Link
  • Fellow: National Academy of Inventors (NAI), 2014 Link
  • Fellow: Optical Society of America (OSA) 2018 Link
  • Sacramento Region Innovation Award, 2018 Link 
  • Fellow: International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) 2017 Link
  • Best Ph.D. Dissertation Mentor: Nano-bridges for the Fabrication of 3D Gate-All-Around Field-Effect Transistors, 2014 Link
  • Outstanding Mid-career Research Faculty Award, College of Engineering, UC Davis, 2012, Link
  • Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award: The Highest Teaching Honor University of California Davis Bestows on its Faculties, 2010, Link
  • IEEE Best Paper Award, IEEEICE, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010
  • IEEE Outstanding Professor of the Year, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, 2005 and 2009
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Engineering, UC Davis, 2006.
  • NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award, 2006-11.
  • University of California Chancellor’s Fellowship, 2000 Link
  • IEEE Laser and Electro-Optic Society (IEEE/LEOS) Fellowship, 2000, News Link
  • President’s Award: The President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (1989) for ranking first in both secondary (SSC) and higher secondary (HSC) exams in entire Bangladesh (Rajshahi Cadet College)

Professional Activities:

  • Senior Editor: IEEE Access (2020-present)
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Photonics Journal,  IEEE Transaction of Nanotechnology (2014-2018), IEEE Access (2016-20), Journal of Nanophotonics, (2007-8), Nanophotonics for Communications
  • Editorial Board: (i) Science of Advanced Materials, (ii) Nano Communications
  • Conference Chair, Nanosensing Materials, Devices and Systems 2004200520062007; Nanomaterial Synthesis and Integration for Sensors, Electronics, Photonics, and Electro-Optics 200520062007; Nanophotonics for Communication: Materials, Devices and Systems 20062007; Micro-Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications 2009- 2019; Nanoepitaxy: Homo and Heterogeneous Synthesis, Characterization and Device Integration of Nanomaterials 2009, 2010-2019.
  • Symposium Co-organizer,  MRS Negative Index materials: Microwave to Optical, 2006 & Nanocontacts, 2012
  • Guest Editor, (a) International Journal of Nanotechnology, 2006-7, Focused Issue on Nanosensors, (b)Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, 2006-7, Focused Issue on Negative Index Materials