Robert Kolbas

Robert Kolbas

Robert M. Kolbas has been a Professor (1985-present) and was Head (1995-2000) of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. From 1979-1985 he was employed by Honeywell Inc. as a Principal Research Scientist and a Senior Research Scientist where he responsible for the development of Integrated Optoelectronic Circuits and the growth of semiconductor thin films. He completed his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois in 1979 where he worked under Professor Nick Holonyak, Jr. in the early development of semiconductor quantum well heterostructure lasers. Professor Kolbas's research interests and contributions include: III-V semiconductor heterostructures and quantum wells, optoelectronic integrated circuits, quantum well lasers, strained layer lasers, vertical-cavity lasers, ultra-thin quantum wells, carrier collection in quantum wells, phonon assisted stimulated emission and AlGaN-GaN heterostructures, and II-VI semiconductor materials and devices. He has published more than 140 manuscripts in refereed journals. His present interests include MBE, MOCVD, tunable light emitting devices, light emission from nanoparticles, rare earth doped semiconductors, and wide bandgap semiconductor materials. He is a member of the IEEE, American Physical Society, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.


1975 BS in Engineering Physics, Cornell University
1977 MS in Physics, U. of Illinois, Urbana
1979 PhD in Physics, U. of Illinois, Urbana

Awards & Honors

2000 - IEEE Fellow
1999 - IEEE Senior Member
1983 - Winning Edge Award, Honeywell Inc
1978 - Kodak Pre-Doctoral Fellow


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