The Solid-State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center (SSLEEC) was launched in late 2013 to advance new semiconductor-based energy efficient lighting technologies through partnerships with key industry leaders. The SSLEEC provides a forum for industry members and UCSB researchers to collaborate across several disciplines—materials science, electrical engineering, chemistry, and physics to address the most challenging problems in solid state lighting.

Under the leadership of Professors Steven DenBaars, Shuji Nakamura, Umesh Mishra, and James Speck, SSLEEC has established one of the most unique and successful business models among universities and industry partners. Over the past 6 years, this group of researchers produced a key patent portfolio of 154 patents that make up 25% of the total patent pool at UCSB. 

The role of the SSLEEC’s industry partners is to provide unrestricted support for the Center’s research in advancing new semiconductor-based energy efficient lighting and display technologies, participate in an annual conference hosted by the Center, evaluate patents that are developed during the period in which the industry partner maintains current status as a qualified sponsor, and to designate one sponsor employee who shall serve as a member of the SSLEEC Advisory Board.

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7th Annual Review 2020-21 (plans are currently tentative)

Please hold the date for the 2020 SSLEEC Annual Review Board Meeting: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Please wait for announcements on the 2021 SSLEEC Annual Review Conference: March 2021 (postponement by 3 months)

Location: UCSB Engineering Sciences Building (ESB) 1001 and the ESB breezeway; Reception and Banquet are at Glen Annie Golf Club/Frog Bar and Grill (TBA)

Please use the links on the left hand side menu to officially register for the conference, so that we may arrange for your participation.

Host hotel: Best Western Plus South Coast Inn, 5260 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117
Do not book through Best Western website. 
Call the hotel in Goleta or email: sales [at]
Please specifiy your affiliation with the "SSLEEC Annual Review Conference" and "UCSB" for better business rates

Other options for hotels:

The Club and Guest House at UCSB
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If interested in learning more about the center, send an inquiry email to: sslec [at] or call (805) 893-5039.