ONR-Sponsored Scientist, Umesh Mishra, Recognized for Pioneering Research in Energy Efficiency (Sea Power)
February 12, 2016
February 11, 2016
A scientist sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has been named to the National Academy of Inventors for groundbreaking work in energy efficiency using Gallium Nitride (GaN), with resulting improvements in everything from warfighter communications to hybrid cars, ONR reported in a Feb. 11 release.
Dr. Umesh Mishra, at the University of California-Santa Barbara, is a pioneer in research to reduce the amount of energy lost as electrical currents pass through commonly used but inefficient voltage adaptors, where much of the current dissipates as heat. His innovative use of GaN, a semiconductor compound, in materials and electric devices has already made dramatic impacts for Sailors and Marines.
“The world has to waste less energy while it powers its needs for the next century,” he said. “This includes communications, the Internet and transportation, to name a few.