Dan Dapkus noted, "Many of my mentors and "heroes" in the field of compound semiconductors have been awarded the Welker Award, and I am honored to be in their company. Heinrich Welker was a giant in this field and receiving this award with his name is an additional honor."
Dapkus is the director of the new EFRC for Emerging Materials for Solar Energy Conversion and Solid State Lighting established at USC this year. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering who is internationally known for his research on photonic devices.
Dapkus is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Optical Society of America. In 2003 he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the 2001 IEEE David Sarnoff Technical Field Award in Electronics for his work in photonic materials and devices.