Can Bayram, a 2005 graduate of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, has received a 2017 US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, which will provide him with $500,000 over the next five years in support of his research and educational activities. NSF CAREER Awards are given to “empower promising junior faculty to build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership through integrating research and education.”
Dr. Bayram, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is using his award to explore the fundamental properties of cubic-phase light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that will provide the critical knowledge required to close the “green gap” in the visible spectrum. It is expected that this knowledge will make possible new photonic devices based on cubic (In)GaN technology with superior power, efficiency, speed and bandwidth, with potential impact in the energy, communication and healthcare industries.
In parallel with his research activities, Dr. Bayram will develop a solid-state lighting theme-based interactive K-12 outreach program and new curriculum materials for middle schoolers and undergraduates. These educational resources will be available online to a global audience of students and educators. Dr. Bayram has already created a new ECE (electrical and computer engineering) course, “LEDs and Solar Cells,” being offered in the spring 2017 semester.
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