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Paul Daniel Dapkus Wins 2015 John Tyndall Award

USC professor receives award for his contributions to MOCVD

The Optical Society (OSA) and the IEEE Photonics Society awarded the 2015 John Tyndall Award to Paul Daniel Dapkus at the University of Southern California for his 'pioneering and sustained contributions to the development of MOCVD'.

First presented in 1987, the John Tyndall Award is named after the 19th century physicist who was the first to demonstrate the phenomenon of internal reflection.

"The Tyndall award was designed specifically to recognise pioneers in fibre optics technology such as Paul Daniel Dapkus," said IEEE Photonics Society Executive Director Christopher Jannuzzi. "We are honoured to offer recognition for his significant contributions to the development of vapour deposition and semiconductor lasers."

Prior to joining USC, Dapkus led the group at Rockwell International that demonstrated the device utility of MOCVD, and he served as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories.

Dapkus received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a faculty member of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at USC. He also is the director of a USC Department of Energy Energy Frontier Research Center.

Dapkus' current research involves the study of semiconductor nanostructures for application to energy devices, photonic materials and devices, semiconductor microresonators and optoelectronic integration.

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