Professor Shuji Nakamura is recognized in Sacramento as the Asian Pacific Islander American(APIA)

California State Assembly Recognizes May 2016 As Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Sacramento – Today, Members of the California State Assembly and the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus joined Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) in co-authoring Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 125, which declares May 2016 as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.

“APIAs have made significant contributions to the history of California and United States,” said Assemblymember Chau.  “APIA Heritage Month serves as a time to honor this history and to recognize how APIAs continue to contribute to all aspects of our society.” 

The California API Legislative Caucus celebrated the accomplishments of outstanding Asian Pacific Islanders in their respected professions. One of the 2016 honorees include Professor Shuji Nakamur from UCSB.  

  • Shuji Nakamura (B.E., M.S., and Ph.D.), electrical engineer, was honored for excellence in Science.  He developed the first group-III nitride-based high-brightness blue and green LEDs, and is the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.