Jesús del Alamo, the Donner Professor of Science in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The citation reads, “For fundamental contributions to the development of III-V compound semiconductor electronics.”
After graduating with a PhD from Stanford University in 1985, del Alamo joined NTT Research Laboratories in Atsugi, Japan. Over a two-and-a-half-year period there, he started investigating heterojunction transistors based on III-V compound semiconductors such as gallium arsenide, indium gallium arsenide, and indium phosphide. Del Alamo joined MIT in 1988 and, since then, has remained actively engaged in the investigation of advanced electronics based on these materials, initially for high-frequency communications and radar applications and more recently for future ultra-scaled logic complementary metal-oxide semiconductors.
For his contributions to this field, he received the 2012 Intel Outstanding Researcher Award in Emerging Research Devices and the Semiconductor Research Corporation 2012 Technical Excellence Award. Del Alamo also received the 2012 Electron Devices Society Education Award, given annually by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and in recognition of innovations in electrical engineering education. Del Alamo is also a fellow of the IEEE.
The APS fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers for exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise. A list of the 2014 APS Fellows and citations can be found on the APS website.