Co-Director of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center. Professor of Materials and The Cree Professor in Solid State Lighting and Display. His research includes MOCVD, HVPE, and growth and device fabrication of light-emitters based on the wide-bandgap semiconductor indium gallium nitride (InGaN). He is the recipient of the 2006 Millennium Technology Prize for his invention of revolutionary new energy-saving light sources and 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. He is named the 2015 Global Energy Prize recipient for the invention, commercialization and development of energy-efficient white LED lighting technology. Dr. Nakamura is also the co-founder of Soraa Inc.
He was awarded a Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Tokushima in 1994.