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Ben WilliamsBenjamin Williams, Associate Professor and Area Director, Physical and Wave Electronics

NSF CAREER Award, 2012
Samueli Fellow, 2007

Research Group: Terahertz Devices and Intersubband Nanostructures Laboratory

Office: 68-117 Engr. IV, Phone: 310.825.6961, Email



Benjamin Williams obtained his BS in Physics at Haverford College in 1996, where he performed thesis work on mixing in two-dimensional turbulent fluid flows, for which he received the American Physical Society Apker prize. He then received his MS in 1998 and PhD in 2003 from MIT in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During this time he performed research on the development of terahertz quantum cascade lasers. Prior to joining UCLA, Williams was a postdoctoral associate in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT.

Research Interests

Professor Williams' research interests include the development of mid-infrared and terahertz quantum cascade lasers, and the development of terahertz components based of subwavelength dimension for use in beam control, sensing, and imaging. Also of interest is the development of intersubband and intersublevel devices in low-dimensional nanostructures for electronic and optoelectronic applications.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2012 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2008 Young Faculty Award, DARPA
  • 2007 Samueli Fellow, UCLA Electrical Engineering
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