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Texas Tech Engineering Professor Receives Two National Awards

Texas Tech University College of Engineering Horn Professor Henryk Temkin recently received a Distinguished Service Medal from the Department of Defense and the Aron Kressel Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Written by Leslie Cranford

The director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military, presented Temkin with the Bronze Secretary of Defense award for Exceptional Public Service, a Distinguished Service Medal. The award was in recognition of Temkin’s service to DARPA for the past three years.  ”We are very proud of Henryk’s scientific and technical contributions at DARPA and in the Texas Tech College of Engineering,” said Pamela A. Eibeck, dean of the College of Engineering, “He is a worldwide leader in the opto-electronics research field, and he certainly deserves these recognitions from IEEE and the Department of Defense.”  Temkin received the IEEE Aron Kressel LEOS Award for outstanding contributions and leadership in advancing opto-electronic materials and devices – the science of light-emitting device creation. His work with light-emitting and detecting devices has enabled all colors within the rainbow to be produced with light-emitting devices, specifically light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The Kressel Award recognizes those individuals who have made important contributions to opto-electronic device technologies.  In addition to being a Horn Professor of Electrical Engineering, Temkin also is holder of the Jack Maddox Distinguished Engineer Chair endowed by the Maddox Foundation, as well as a director of the Nano Tech Center. He began working in conjunction with DARPA in July 2005. Prior to arriving at DARPA, he has been a professor of electrical engineering at Texas Tech and Colorado State Universities (1992-2005) where his research focused on large bandgap semiconductors, carrier dynamics in lasers and integrated optics. Between 1977 and 1992, Temkin was a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories and a distinguished member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, N.J. In this position, he made a number of contributions to studies of optical and electrical properties of semiconductors, physics and technology of semiconductor lasers, the integration of more powerful lasers for optical communications and the development of advanced materials engineering methods. Temkin earned a Master of Arts in physics from Yeshiva University in New York City in 1972 and a doctoral degree in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., in 1975. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has more than 400 technical publications, including one monograph and one edited book. CONTACT:   Jeff Sammons, senior editor, College of Engineering, (806) 742-3451 or jeff.sammons@ttu.edu.
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