Biography

Biography: Professor 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 Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2001, both from UCLA. He worked for JDS Uniphase Corporation and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories before joining the University California – Davis where he is a Professor and the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

He has authored and co-authored more than 250 scientific papers, organized 30 international conferences and symposiums as a chair/co-chair sponsored by MRS, SPIE and IEEE; and holds 40 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 University of California – Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award- the highest teaching honor University of California-Davis bestows on its faculties. He co-founded two start-up companies based on his inventions.  Dr. Islam has been serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Photonics Journal, IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology and IEEE Access. He is an elected fellow of the 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).

Education

  • 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 and Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ of California, Davis, CA, 2017-present.
  • Director, Center for Nano & Micro-Manufacturing (CNMM), 2012-2014
  • Vice Chair , Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ of California, Davis, CA, 2011-2013
  • Professor, University of California, Davis, Electrical & Computer Engineering 2011-Present
  • Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, Electrical & Computer Engineering 2008-2011
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, Electrical & Computer Engineering 2004-2008
  • Postdoc Research Fellow, Hewlett-Packard Labs, Quantum Science Research Lab, 2002-2004
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, San Jose State University, Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2002-2003
  • Senior Scientist, Gazilllion Bits, Inc., San Jose, CA 2001-2002
  • Staff Scientist, Optical Networking Research, JDS Uniphase Corporation/SDL Inc., 2000-2001

Honors and Awards:

  • 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
  • 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 & 2009
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Engineering, UC Davis, 2006, News Link
  • NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award (2006-11), News Link
  • 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:

  • Associate Editor: IEEE Photonics Journal, IEEE Access,  IEEE Transaction of Nanotechnology (2014-2018), Journal of Nanophotonics, (2007-8), Nanphotonics for Communications
  • Editorial Board: (i) Science of Advanced Materials, (ii) Nano Communications, and (iii) ISRN Nanomaterials
  • Conference Chair, Nanosensing Materials, Devices and Systems 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007; Nanomaterial Synthesis and Integration for Sensors, Electronics, Photonics, and Electro- Optics 2005, 2006, 2007; Nanophotonics for Communication: Materials, Devices and Systems 2006, 2007; 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

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