Texas Tech Engineering Professor Receives Two National Awards
July 14, 2008
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).
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.
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