Texas Tech University

Engineering Professor Selected as Fellow of The Optical Society

George Watson

November 24, 2015

Jingyu Lin is being recognized for her work in nitride semiconductors that leads to efficient light emitters for novel sensing, display and light applications.

Jingyu Lin
Jingyu Lin

Jingyu Lin, a Horn professor and the Linda F. Whitacre Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas Tech University, was selected as a Fellow of The Optical Society.

The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading association in optics and photonics for professionals in science, engineering and business from across the world. The OSA promotes the exchange of information and interaction between individuals to promote achievement in the science of light.

Lin and her husband, Edward E. Whitacre Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Horn professor Hongxing Jiang, are co-directors of the Texas Tech University Center for Nanophotonics, which conducts research to develop innovative photonic devices and technologies through manipulation of photons and electrons in nano-scale materials. Hongxing Jiang was named an OSA Fellow in 2013.

“My election to the fellowship of OSA means the work conducted in the Nanophotonics Center at Texas Tech University is being recognized by outside professional peers,” Lin said. “I believe things like this will promote a positive culture of striving for recognition through active engagement in scholarly activities.”

Lin joined the Texas Tech faculty in 2008 as the Whitacre Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and was named a Horn professor in 2014. She also was named a fellow by the American Physical Society in 2012.

Her research focuses on photonic materials and devices as well as III-nitride material and device technologies, including semiconductors, photodetectors and injection lasers. In her time at Texas Tech she has secured approximately $10 million in federal funding for research into wide bandgap semiconductors and associated photonic devices.

She also is the co-founder and owner of III-N Technology and AC-LED Lighting, which develops proprietary photonic devices for advanced lighting and compact displays.

“Dr. Lin is a respected, internationally known expert in electronic materials and optics,” said Al Sacco, dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering. “This recognition by her peers is well deserved, and we at Texas Tech could not be more pleased.”