David E. Aspnes
Distinguished University Professor - PAMS
David E Aspnes
Distinguished University Professor
Research II 100A, Box 8202
Raleigh, NC 27695
My career has been divided almost equally between industry and academics. I worked for 17 years as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill NJ, and then for eight years as Head of the Interface and Optical Physics Department at Bellcore, Red Bank. In 1992 I joined the Physics Department at NCSU. I have remained in contact with industry as a consultant, and in one case as a member of a Board of Directors. My research covers a range of topics in condensed-matter and interface physics, crystal growth, linear and nonlinear optics, and metrology, but optical properties have formed a common denominator. For example we are presently working to make ZnO an efficient light emitter as a cheap alternative to GaN for solid-state-lighting. In addition to serving as a PAMS representative on the Faculty Senate and on its Personnel Policy subcommittee, I have served on various department, college, and university committees, including the University Research Committee and the Intellectual Property Committee. Among other recognition, I was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998 and was named Distinguished University Professor in 1999 and Distinguished Alumni Graduate Professor in 2005. Currently, I am the Physics Department Course Coordinator for the introductory mechanics/electricity and magnetism service courses that we teach for the College of Engineering, and I teach one of the sections. This responsibility provides an excellent opportunity to positively influence young people at the start of their professional careers. In addition to effectively educating our students, I am committed to promoting faculty governance by working with other faculty at NC State on issues of importance to the University.