27 February 2020
Optical Society names Kei May Lau as recipient of 2020 Nick Holonyak Jr Award
The Optical Society (OSA) has named Kei May Lau of Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) as the 2020 recipient of the Nick Holonyak Jr Award for “significant contributions to hetero-epitaxy of compound semiconductors on silicon for future integrated lasers and advancing the field of light-emitting diode micro-displays”.
“Kei May Lau’s work on semiconductor-based optical devices and materials exemplifies the spirit of the Nick Holonyak Jr Award,” comments 2020 OSA president Stephen D. Fantone, founder & president of the Optikos Corp. “Her contributions in the advancement of science and technological applications are very significant.”
Lau received B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University. She was on the ECE faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and initiated metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) compound semiconductor material and device programs. Since the fall of 2000, she has been with the ECE Department at HKUST and serves as Fang Professor of Engineering. Lau is a Fellow of OSA, the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Science and IEEE. She is a recipient of the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2008), and the IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award (2017).
Lau’s work focuses on the development of monolithic telecom-band diode lasers directly grown on (001) silicon substrates. She combines innovation in MOCVD-based growth of heterostructure materials with insights into both device physics and fabrication to improved device performance, to effective multi-device integration. The benefits of integrating high-performance III-V-based devices onto a silicon substrate leverages the capabilities and infrastructure of the CMOS silicon industry, extending them to photonic and electronic integrated devices/circuits at high frequencies.
Established in 1997, the Nick Holonyak Jr Award recognizes significant contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based optical devices and materials, including basic science and technological applications. It honors Holonyak Jr’s contributions to optics through the development of semiconductor-based light-emitting diodes and semiconductor lasers. The award is endowed by SDL Ventures LLC as well as Donald and Carol Scifres.