Celebrating a Year of Light: Symposium at UCSB will feature talks by four Nobel laureates

To celebrate the International Year of Light, UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering and Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) are hosting a symposium Thursday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 7:30 p.m., in the campus’s Corwin Pavilion. The event is free and open to the public.

The daylong conference will feature presentations and discussions by experts in the field. Three UCSB faculty members — Herb KroemerAlan Heeger and Shuji Nakamura — received Nobel prizes for their light-based research and each will be discussing his work. Kroemer, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000 “for developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed and optoelectronics,” while Heeger, also a professor of electrical and computer engineering, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry that same year “for the discovery and development of conductive polymers.” Nakamura, another professor of materials and of electrical and computer engineering, won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.”

Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and a recipient of the Nobel Prize for his own work with light-based research, will give the symposium’s keynote lecture.


Seating is limited, and attendees are encouraged to RSVP at https://year-of-light.eventbrite.com. Additional information, including a complete schedule of events, can be found at www.iee.ucsb.edu/year-of-light. Questions can be directed to Savannah Swartz at savannah [at] iee.ucsb.edu.