- Rensselaer Professor Michael Shur elected as 2007 IET Fellow
Michael Shur, the Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts ’48 Chaired Professor in Solid State Electronics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., has been promoted to fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the largest professional engineering society in Europe. Shur is internationally recognized for his development of new materials and processes that enhance semiconductor and circuit performance, and he has pioneered efforts to create ever smaller and more cost-effective electronic and lighting technologies. His current research projects include plasma wave electronics using terahertz technology, solid-state lighting, and flexible circuitry. He and his team are also developing technology that allows researchers to perform measurements on semiconductor devices via the Internet. Shur is acting director of the Center for Integrated Electronics, director of the Center for Broadband Data Transport Science and Technology, and director of Rensselaer’s "Connection One" site, a National Science Foundation/University Cooperative Research Center, which researches optical and electrical data technologies. Shur also is a fellow of numerous professional organizations, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society and the Electrochemical Society. He is vice president of the IEEE Sensor Council, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems and a member of the honorary editorial board of Solid State Electronics magazine. He has held research or faculty positions at numerous universities and has authored over 1000 technical publications. He has written, cowritten, or edited 38 books and 29 book chapters and holds 35 patents on solid-state devices.
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