Director of the Office of Technology & Industry Alliances at UC Santa Barbara. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law and a Bachelors of Music from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining UCSB in 1999, she was a litigator specializing in entertainment law in Los Angeles, then served the Smithsonian Institution, negotiating copyright and trademark licensing agreements.
Formerly the Chief Scientist at Bell Labs, was appointed the Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering at UCSB in September 2011. He is world-renowned for his work on optical switching technology and architecture, and his research has been central to the development of fiber optic communications systems.
Executive Director for Technology of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center. Tal's new joint position, shared between SSLEEC and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), is designed to enhance technology outreach and corporate relations while also developing new multi-PI and multi-campus initiatives for science and engineering at UCSB. Tal received his PhD in Materials from UCSB in 2002. He has 18 years of GaN experience, most recently serving as the Director of Process Engineering at Soraa, Inc.