News for 2016

December 15, 2016

Christmas isn’t far off now, and whether you’re celebrating it or not, you’ve may well have started seeing Christmas lights starting to appear adorning houses and Christmas trees. How do these lights actually work, and how can they be made to produce such an array of colours? This graphic takes a look at the chemistry.

December 15, 2016
OSA Centennial Snapshots: Illuminating the New Century

Patricia Daukantas

December 14, 2016

UC Santa Barbara professors James Speck and Larry Coldren are among the newest fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Both professors in the

November 10, 2016

Atomic Imperfections: UCSB researchers find that trace amounts of transition metal impurities in gallium nitride semiconductors kill LED efficiency

July 14, 2016

UC Santa Barbara materials and electrical and computer engineering professor Shuji Nakamura has been elected to Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s preeminent research institution. Nakamura, one of six Nobel laureates at UCSB, is among 22 new scholars and scientists elected to the prestigious academy at its biennial Convocation of Academicians earlier this month.

June 21, 2016

The 2014 Nobel Laureates met at the Grünewald Hall in the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm on 11 December 2014 for the traditional round-table discussion and TV program 'Nobel Minds'. The Nobel Laureates discussed the discoveries for which they've been honored, how these can be applied in a practical way, and the role of science in today's society.

June 21, 2016
Interview, December 2014


Shuji Nakamura, 2014 Physics Laureate, describes his Nobel Prize awarded work in simple terms. 6 December 2014.

June 21, 2016

This is a video recording of Professor Shuji Nakamura's 2/4/2016 Nobel Lecture at the International Year of the Light (IYL) Closing Ceremony in Merida, Mexico. 

May 26, 2016

In a special ceremony at the White House, President Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to UC Santa Barbara research professor Arthur Gossard. The ceremony took place May 19. 

May 26, 2016

Professor Jwo-Huei Jou's talk was on the Candlelight OLED. He is pictured here with Tal Margalith and UCSB Cheical Engineering Professor Michael Doherty. 

May 25, 2016

Congratulations to David Hwang, Asad Mughal, and Christopher Pynn on winning $5,000, receiving the Cliff Hannel Innovation Award. "Opal" made it to the New Venture Competition Finals on April 28, 2016 and received a prestigious award where six student teams from UC Santa Barbara took home more than $40,000 in cash prizes at the 17th New Venture Competition Finals, hosted by the Technology Management Program (TMP). 

May 04, 2016

6 Teams Advance to New Venture Competition Finals

April 19, 2016

Professor Shuji Nakamura traveled to London, England on April 14th to receive The Asian Award/Outstanding Achievement in Science & Technology. 

Award page:


April 12, 2016
by Patricia Marroquin | Oct 14, 2015
April 08, 2016

Today marks UCSB’s first-ever Give Day, an online experience designed to celebrate the Gaucho spirit and to support UCSB like never before.

April 07, 2016
Defects In LED Diodes Lead To Less Efficient Solid-State Lighting, Study Says
April 03, 2016
According to Research Director Yasuhiko Kawamura at The University of Tokushima Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Professor Shuji Nakamura's relief sculpture was unveiled on February 5, 2016 at the University Industrial Hall.
March 30, 2016
Dislocations In GaN Materials And Devices & Recent Advances In GaN Based Light Emitting Diodes (LEDS) And Laser Diodes For Energy Efficient Lighting
March 22, 2016
By Sonia Fernandez Monday, March 21, 2016
March 02, 2016

Dr Shuji Nakamura speaking about LED and laser technology at the LuxLive exhibition in London. 'Laser diodes are the future of lighting,' he says.

Video interview:

March 02, 2016


Stacy Kowsz, UCSB's Materials PhD student, was featured on 2/29 morning's radio program on KCLU. "Campaign To Cut Down On Bike Accidents In Isla Vista To Hand Out Free Lights." Link to the MP3 is below.

February 24, 2016

University of California Santa Barbara Extension

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.

February 11, 2016
UCSB Professors Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
February 10, 2016

Professor Nicolas Grandjean from the Institute of Physics at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, gave a seminar on III-nitride photonic crystal cavities. He is pictured here with his host Professor James Speck and with Professors Umesh Mishra, Art Gossard, Claude Weisbuch, and Pierre Petroff. 

January 21, 2016

Shuji Nakamura may now be known for his invention of LED bulbs, but his role in safeguarding rights of scientists cannot be overlooked.

January 18, 2016

The Global Energy Prize laureate, Shuji Nakamura, will share his exceptional view on creating world-class partnerships between research industry, government and academia to build long-term sustainable solutions. He will present it during the 2016 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

January 18, 2016
Academy of Inventors Honors UCSB Engineering Faculty Members