James J. Coleman

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

For research accomplishments in the field of compound semiconductor crystal growth, teaching, and service.

James J. Coleman
BSEE ‘72, MS ‘73, PhD ‘75
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Texas at Dallas
Dallas, Texas

James J. Coleman was born in Chicago and received degrees in electrical engineering from ECE ILLINOIS. After working at Bell Laboratories and Rockwell International, he was professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at ECE ILLINOIS and held the Intel Alumni Endowed Chair. In 2013, he joined the University of Texas at Dallas. His work involves the development of novel quantum-well and nanostructure strained-layer semiconductor diode lasers and other photonic devices.

Coleman has produced more than 425 journal papers, 13 book chapters, 10 U.S. patents, and 100 invited presentations. He has been awarded the John Tyndall Award, the IEEE David Sarnoff Award, and the OSA Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award. He is a member of  the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA, SPIE, APS, and AAAS. He was president of the IEEE Photonics Society in 2010-11.

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