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New ECE Faculty receive Lunquist Sesquicentennial Fellowships

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Debdeep Jena and (Huili) Grace Xing


Incoming ECE faculty members Debdeep Jena and Huili (Grace) Xing have been named Richard E. Lunquist Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellows. Given in support of the University’s Faculty Renewal Initiative, the donation for their fellowship is from Richard E. Lunquist ‘58, a great supporter and friend of the College of Engineering. His gift was designated specifically for new faculty of ECE. Both Jena and Xing will join Cornell with dual appointments in both the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in January 2015.

Jena’s work explores the physics of new classes of materials for unconventional electronic and photonic device applications. His research and teaching interests are in the material growth and device applications of quantum semi-conductor heterostructures, and the investigation of charge transport physics in nanostructured semiconducting materials and their device applications.

Xing is one of the leading experts on gallium nitride components and their many uses in a wide array of applications. One focus of her research has been to develop gallium nitride components to make power delivery hardware more efficient and robust. She also studies how best to use two-dimensional crystals to help realize better electronic switches for computation, and unlock the terahertz range of the electromagnetic spectrum.

An electrical engineer, Richard E. Lunquist ’58 spent his first two years at Cornell in the College of Arts and Sciences. After a two-year hiatus to serve in the military, he returned to finish his last two years in the College of Engineering. A member of the Big Red Band, the Concert Band, and the Marching Band, Lundquist thoroughly enjoyed his time at Cornell. Lunquist began his career with Motorola where he worked on circuit design, portable equipment, two-way radios for business and public safety, and pagers. He holds numerous patents in the field of circuit design.  In addition to the Richard E. Lunquist Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship, he also endowed a College of Engineering Scholarship in 2011.

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