February 09, 2007
By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, CNSE
(Albany) - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany today announced the addition of a new faculty member who gained global recognition for his breakthrough in the area of carbon nanotube diodes while working as a senior scientist and project leader at GE Global Research.
Dr. Ji Ung Lee will serve as associate professor of nanoengineering at CNSE, ranked by Small Times magazine in May 2006 as the nation's number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology.
In August 2005, a GE Global Research team led by Dr. Lee received worldwide recognition by reporting the development of an ideal carbon nanotube diode that operates at the "theoretical limit" - the best possible level of performance. Diodes are fundamental nanoelectronics' devices that form the basis of many of the building blocks of electronic devices, such as transistors, computer chips, sensors and light-emitting diodes.
The discovery was prominently featured in national and international media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, as well as prestigious science magazines such as Small Times, Popular Mechanics, Physics Today and Nature News, among others, and led to Dr. Lee's selection as recipient of a NASA Tech Briefs Nano 50 Award in 2005. The previous year, he received the Hull Award, the highest individual honor given to the most outstanding young scientist at GE Global Research, as well as GE's Publication of the Year Award.
Provost Susan Herbst, Officer in Charge of the University at Albany, said, "I am pleased that Professor Lee has chosen to join the world-class faculty at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. His decision is yet another demonstration of the scholarly excellence and intellectual abilities of our CNSE faculty. His presence will provide our students with a unique opportunity to explore and learn with a nationally regarded scientist, while at the same time reinforcing both CNSE and the State University of New York as national leaders in game-changing technological research and discovery."
Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of CNSE, said, "I am delighted to welcome Dr. Lee as the newest member of the world-class faculty at CNSE. His wealth of knowledge and demonstrated excellence in research at the nanoscale level make him an outstanding addition to the UAlbany NanoCollege, both as an educator who will help prepare our students for next-generation careers in the emerging field of nanotechnology, and as a scientist and researcher who will assist in advancing the innovative scientific discovery that is critical to the college and our growing number of global corporate partners."
Dr. Lee said, "I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the faculty at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, which is recognized as the world's premier academic institution for nanotechnology. I look forward to working with the students, who will play an integral role in enabling new and cutting-edge technologies, through CNSE's novel programs in education and workforce training and development, as well as the chance to enhance the college's research efforts in the most exciting scientific field of the 21st century."
Dr. Lee received his Ph.D., master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining GE Global Research in 1999, he worked in research and development positions with Micron Display in Boise, ID and at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, IL. He holds 16 U.S. patents and is the author or co-author of 18 publications.
About CNSE. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany-State University of New York is the first college in the world dedicated to the research, development and deployment of innovative nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics concepts, and in May 2006, it was ranked by Small Times magazine as the nation's number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology. CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world: a $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience, and it is growing. The UAlbany Nanocollege is also home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics. The CNSE complex, financed through more than $500 million in governmental support and over $2.5 billion in corporate investments, houses the only pilot prototyping facilities in the academic world for the two standard sizes in computer chip design, the 200-millimeter (or 8-inch) wafer, and the 300-millimeter (or 12-inch) wafer. CNSE has more than 250 U.S. and worldwide partners, including some of the world's largest semiconductor and semiconductor-related tool manufacturing companies. For more information, visit the CNSE Web site at http://cnse.albany.edu/.