National Academy Elects Mishra
By Gail Gallessich
Umesh Mishra, professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). His election is in recognition of of his “contributions to the development of gallium-nitride electronics and other high-speed, high-power semiconductor electronic devices.”
“Umesh Mishra is a terrifically creative and innovative engineering professor,” said Matthew Tirrell, dean of the College of Engineering. “He inspires students, faculty, industrial researchers and venture investors alike.”
A faculty member since 1990, Mishra has broad experience in both industry and academia, including research positions with Hughes Research Laboratories and General Electric, and faculty appointments at North Carolina State and the University of Michigan.
His current research focuses on electronics and photonics, in the areas of high-speed transistors, semiconductor device physics, quantum electronics, optical control, design and fabrication of millimeter-wave devices, in situation processing and integration techniques, and on optoelectronics.
Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”
NAE elected 65 new members and nine foreign associates, bringing the total U.S. membership to 2,246 and the number of foreign associates to 197. A total of 28 current UCSB faculty members have been elected to the NAE.