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Jerry Woodall

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Electrical Engineering Building
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
465 Northwestern Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Jerry M. Woodall is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a National Medal of Technology Laureate. Prof. Woodall spent most of the early and mid parts of his career at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center where he rose to the rank of IBM Fellow. He invented and patented many important commercial high-speed electronic and photonic devices which depend on the heterojunction, including bright red LEDs, ultra-fast transistors, and pseudomorphic high-electron-mobility transistor (pHEMT). Woodall was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1989 and is a fellow of the APS, IEEE, ECS, and AVS. He has published 315 publications in the open literature and been issued 67 U.S. patents. He received hundred of awards from various organizations. Woodall co-founded LightSpin Technologies, Inc., a high technology startup company, and serves as its Chief Science Officer. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a B.S. in metallurgy from MIT. His research is currently focused on three areas: 1) energy storage, transport and hydrogen production; 2) very high efficiency photovoltaic devices; and 3) ultra-fast transistor materials and devices.



BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1960 
PhD, Cornell University, 1982


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