Faculty Profiles

Sungho Jin

Professor Emeritus, MAE

Cutting-edge materials science, including nano-materials, magnetic alloys and thin films, and MEMS materials and devices.

Professor Jin is a world-renowned researcher in the field of functional materials used in applications ranging from magnetic devices and electronic devices to optical telecommunications networks. Jin is involved in R&D of micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) devices and materials; exploratory bio-materials and devices; carbon nanotube materials on which future nano-scale devices can be based; and sensor/actuator devices and technologies. Jin has also been a pioneer in the development of high-temperature superconductor materials, colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials, diamond film thinning techniques, anisotropic conductive polymers, and new, environmentally safe, lead-free solders that he has championed since the early 1990s. He also invented magnet sensor materials now widely used in anti-theft security tags in retail stores. With roughly 170 patents to his name, Jin can discuss intellectual property issues and is developing a course on inventions and patents.

Capsule Bio:

Sungho Jin joined the UCSD faculty in July 2002 after a long and illustrious career at Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies. He is the first holder of the Kazuo Iwama Endowed Chair for Materials Science, endowed by Sony, and he is a fellow of the Materials Research Society. Jin was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999, and most recently was a technical manager in Bell Labs' Applied Materials and Metallurgy Group. He earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering in 1974 from UC Berkeley, then worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory before joining Bell Labs in 1976. Jin has authored more than 220 technical publications which have been widely read (5000+ citations). In 1989, Business Week magazine selected him as one of the Top Ten Innovative Scientists in the country.

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