Distinguished Alumni Awards

Russell Dean Dupuis

Russell Dean Dupuis
To Russell Dean Dupuis for seminal and pioneering work in metalorganic chemical vapor deposition and the demonstration of the first CW 300K quantum-well heterojunction lasers.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Judson S. Swearingen Regents Chair in Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas

  • B.S. 1970, Highest Honors, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. 1971, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D. 1973, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Russell Dean Dupuis was the first to demonstrate the growth of high-quality epitaxial heterojunctions of semiconductor thin films by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), and he is also responsible for the first demonstration of low-threshold room-temperature operation of single- and multiple-quantum-well heterostructure lasers grown by any materials technology, thus firmly establishing MOCVD as a materials technology for the growth of the next generation of compound semiconductor devices. Professor Dupuis’ pioneering work led directly to the rapid increase in the research into the MOCVD process and the use of MOCVD for the growth of a wide variety of compound semiconductor materials.

The impact of the MOCVD process has already been considerable and it promises to become one of the principal materials technologies for the growth of the next generation of compound semiconductor device structures. In fact, Professor Dupuis’ development of MOCVD promises to be one of the most significant contributions made in the growth of compound semiconductor materials in the last twenty-five years.

In addition to many awards and honors, Professor Dupuis won the National Medal of Technology in 2002 (along with other COE alumni, Nick Holonyak, Jr. and Magnus George Craford), was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1989, named a Fellow of IEEE in 1986, named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2000, received the IEEE/LEOS Award for Engineering Achievement in 1995, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from ECE in 1987, received the UIUC Alumni Loyalty Award in 1997, and was named a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff of AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1986.

Current as of 2004.