Doyeol Ahn

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award

For major contributions to the theory of quantum-well lasers and the development of quantum information communication research

Doyeol Ahn
PhD ‘88
WB Distinguished Professor of Quantum Electronics, Electrical and Computer Engineering | Founder and CEO
University of Seoul | Peta Lux Inc.
Seoul, South Korea

Doyeol Ahn was born in Seoul and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electronic engineering form Seoul National University, Korea. He is a WB Distinguished Professor of Quantum Electronics in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Seoul. He is also a graduate faculty member of Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Previously, he worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, POSTECH, and LG Central Research Center. His work involves novel optoelectronic devices, quantum information, and metamaterials, especially invisibility cloaking. In 2015, he founded Peta Lux Inc. to develop high brightness ultra violet light emitting devices.

Doyeol holds 36 U.S. patents and has published a textbook, Engineering Quantum Mechanics. He has also penned three book chapters and coauthored more than 250 journal and conference papers. He was the recipient of the Ross J. Martin Award and the Robert T. Chien Memorial Award from the College of Engineering, University of Illinois, for excellence in research. In 2005, he was elected as an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to the theory of semiconductor quantum-well lasers and the development of quantum information communication research. In 2009, he also became a Fellow of American Physical Society.

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