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Paul Yu Named to Chang Endowed Chair

Paul K. Yu, professor of electrical and computer engineering and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives at UC San Diego, has been named the inaugural holder of the William S. C. Chang Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Made possible by gifts from faculty, alumni, industry and friends, the endowed chair honors William S. C. Chang, professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Chang founded the Electronics Devices and Materials group, and his work integrated the fields of optics, solid-state electronics and photonics. He is well known for his research on guided wave modulators and detectors used in optical fiber communications. Yu, a pioneer in telecommunications networks, joined the faculty here in 1983. In the 1980s, he pioneered the development of low-threshold current semiconductor lasers for fiber-optic communications; and he proposed the use of surface-emitting lasers for high-density chip-level optical interconnections. He invented efficient semiconductor optical modulators and high-power photodiodes for analog fiber links commonly used for cable television and satellite communications.

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Yu (left) and Chang (right) have worked together on and off for the past two decades.

 

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