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EFRC Director Earns New Honor

Dan Dapkus Will Receive the 2009 Welker Award

August 13, 2009 —

Daniel Dapkus
P. Daniel Dapkus, holder of the W. M. Keck Chair of Engineering at the Viterbi School, will be awarded the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors’s (ISCS) 2009 Welker Award at its symposium at the end of August. The award is given annually to a truly outstanding researcher in the field of Compound Semiconductors, and
 includes a cash prize of $5,000 and a medal.

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.