Dr. Umesh K. Mishra graduated from Lehigh in 1981 with a master's degree in electrical engineering. He is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His area of research focuses on electronics and photonics.
Mishra earned a bachelor of technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India in 1979. He then came to Lehigh where he graduated with his master's degree in electrical engineering in 1981. Mishra then attended Cornell University for his PhD. in electrical engineering which he received in 1984.
After graduating from Cornell, Mishra began working as a principal staff engineer at General Electric in Syracuse, New York. Soon after, he took a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the department of Electrical and Engineering and Computer Science. In 1987 he continued westward to California to work as the head of Advanced Devices at the Hughes Research Laboratories which at the time was dedicated solely to research for advanced electronics corporation, Hughes Aircraft. In 1989, Mishra returned briefly to the east coast to spend a year as an associate professor at North Carolina State University.
In 1990 he returned to California to the University of California at Santa Barbara to accept a position as Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was made a full professor in 1993. From 2002-2004 he served as chair of the ECE department, and he served as Associate Dean for Advancement for the College of Engineering from 2004-2007. He is currently a faculty member in UCSB's Institute for Energy Efficiency in the Computing and Electronics department.
Mishra has authored or co-authored nearly 500 publications. Semiconductor Device Physics and Design, a textbook he co-authored was published by Springer in 2008.
He has accumulated many awards and honors including the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1989 and the Young Scientist of the Year Award (Int' GaAs Symposium) in 1992. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kampur in 2006 and was the winner of the 2007 IEEE David Sarnoff Award for exceptional contributions to electronics. In addition, he has served as committee chair for nine conferences including, most recently, the International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors in 2007.
In 2009, Mishra was one of only 65 engineers elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the NAE is one of the highest distinctions an engineer can obtain. Mishra was elected for contributions to development of gallium-nitride electronics and other high-speed, high-power semiconductor electronic devices. Mishra focuses his research on electronics and photonics, in the areas of high-speed transistors, semiconductor device physics, quantum electronics, optical control, design and fabrication of millimeter-wave devices, in situation processing and integration techniques, and on optoelectronics.
Degree: MS electrical engineering
Notable Achievement: Professor of electrical engineering at UCSB; member of the NAE