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National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow

June 2008

UCLA Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Diana Huffaker has been selected to receive the prestigious National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF) Award from the Department of Defense (DoD).


In their news release, the Department of Defense announced the selection of six distinguished university faculty scientists and engineers to receive the new National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows (NSSEFF) Award. According to the announcement, NSSEFF provides grants to top-tier researchers from U.S. universities to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic research of strategic importance to DoD. Up to $3 million of research support is granted to each NSSEFF Fellow for up to five years.

In response to the NSSEFF Broad Agency Announcement, nearly 150 academic institutions submitted more than 500 nomination letters. The program selected 20 semifinalists, who were invited for scientific interviews before a panel of experts and 6 winners were announced today. Professor Huffaker received the award in recognition of her project entitled “Exploring Dissimilar and Nanomaterials Integration as a Platform for New Medium and Long Wave Infrared Device Functionality."

Professor Huffaker joined the Electrical Engineering Department in 2007. She was elevated to the rank of IEEE Fellow in November 2007 for “the development of optoelectronic materials and processing.” Her research interests cover nanodot-based optoelectronic devices including III-V/Si photonics, lasers, single-photon emitters, III-V nanotransistors, solar cells and electronic characterization of biomaterials. Her current research projects focus on device development, crystal growth (MBE and MOCVD) and characterization of patterned and self-assembled quantum dots in compound III-(As, P, N, Sb), modeling of self-assembled processes along with electronic characterization of biomaterials.

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