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Professor receives NSF CAREER Award

ben-williamsBenjamin Williams, a UCLA assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation.

The NSF CAREER award is the organization’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

The award will fund research on new ways to tune the wavelength of a terahertz semiconductor laser across a broad fractional bandwidth. If successful, it will result in compact and frequency-agile sources of terahertz radiation that could potentially be used in a wide variety of applications for spectroscopy, sensing, and imaging. A major goal of Williams’ research is to develop new components and technologies for the terahertz frequency range, in order to allow use of this relatively untapped region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Williams is the director of the Terahertz Devices and Intersubband Nanostructures Laboratory. He is a Henry Samueli Engineering Fellow and is also a member of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). In 2008, Williams was awarded a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for proposed work on Nanowire Heterostructure Optoelectronics.

To find out more about Williams and his research: http://www.ee.ucla.edu/~bwilliam/