DAVIS, Calif., June 30, 2017 — The College of Engineering has appointed Professor M. Saif Islam Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He previously served as vice chair of the department from 2011-13 and as director of the Center for Nano and Micro-Manufacturing from 2012-14. His appointment is effective July 1.
Islam’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of massively parallel and mass-manufacturable fabrication and integration processes for low-dimensional micro and nanostructures to enable high-performance electronics, photonics, energy conversion and sensing systems. He is also recognized for his work on high-performance photonic devices including ultra-fast and high-power photodetectors.
Before joining UC Davis in 2004, Islam worked for JDS Uniphase Corporation and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories as a staff scientist and senior scientist, respectively. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific papers, organized 26 conferences and symposiums as a chair and co-chair, and holds 39 patents as an inventor and co-inventor. Islam is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Islam has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Award, the college’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award and Outstanding Mid-Career Research Faculty Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Professor of the Year and Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award.
Islam earned a bachelor’s degree from Middle East Technical University and a master’s from Bilkent University, both in physics. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 2001.