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Engineering faculty elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

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National Academy of Inventors Fellows
UCLA Engineering

Clockwise from top left: Subramanian Iyer, Henry Samueli, Eli Yablonovitch, Alan Willson Jr.

Four faculty members in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. They are Subramanian Iyer, Henry Samueli, Alan Willson, Jr. and Eli Yablonovitch.

The honor is given to academic inventors who have “demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.” New fellows will be formally inducted into the academy in April, at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. All four new UCLA fellows are members of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Iyer is Distinguished Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Charles P. Reames Chair in Electrical Engineering. He leads the Center for Heterogeneous Integration and Performance and Scaling, a consortium based at UCLA that aims to lead paradigm shifts in the design and manufacture of integrated circuits and systems.

Samueli co-founded Broadcom Corporation in 1991 and currently serves as chief technical officer of Broadcom Ltd., a global leader in providing semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. He has received several international honors for his contributions to communications including the Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship. Samueli earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from UCLA, where he holds a faculty appointment.

Willson, distinguished professor emeritus of electrical engineering, has made pioneering contributions in digital signal processing. Willson was named the 2018 recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award, which honors individuals who have made significant impact in any area of electronic circuits and systems.

Yablonovitch is a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley and he holds an adjunct appointment at UCLA, where he was full-time faculty member from 1992 to 2007. Yablonovitch has made pioneering contributions in optoelectronics and photonics.  Yablonovitch is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the  American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Royal Society of London.

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