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DARPA Young Faculty Award

March 2008

UCLA Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor and Samueli Fellow Benjamin Williams has been selected to receive a prestigious Young Faculty Award (YFA) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the central research and development agency for the U.S. Department of Defense.


The YFA program supports revolutionary research ideas proposed by young non-tenured faculty members. The ideas are expected to be of critical value for future technology developments by the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) at DARPA. Professor Williams received the award for his research entitled “Nanowire Heterostructure Intersublevel Optoelectronics.

Professor Williams joined the Electrical Engineering Department in 2006 as Assistant Professor and Samueli Fellow. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1998 and 2003, respectively. Professor Williams' research interests include the development of mid-infrared and terahertz quantum cascade lasers, and the development of terahertz components based on subwavelength dimension for use in beam control, sensing, and imaging.

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