Principal Investigator

Group Administrative Assistant

Group Administrative Assistant, Kristin P. Kurz
Kristin P. Kurz

Kristin is originally from New Jersey and comes from a background as a professional stage manager. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa.

426 Phillips Hall | Cornell University | Ithaca, NY 14853

Research & Visiting Professors

Kazuki Nomoto
Dr. Kazuki Nomoto

Kazuki works on advanced GaN electronics.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Dr. Vladimir Protasenko

Vlad’s primary interest is optical investigation of structures. He is interested in quantum efficiency, carrier recombination rate, heat losses, etc. in light emitting diodes, lasers, and photovoltaic cells -- this is his realm.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Henryk Turski

Henryk works on MBE.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Rusen Yan

Rusen works on characterization and applications (primarily optoelectronics) of 2D crystals including graphene, TMDs and others.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Yongjin Cho
Yongjin Cho

Yongjin works on MBE.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Zongyang Hu

Zongyang works on GaN power electronics.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Graduate Students

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Hyunjea Lee

Hyunjea works on 2D materials-based devices and applications.

Jimy Encomendero

Jimy works on RTD-gated plasma-wave THz devices.

John Wright

John works on advanced nitride materials.

Mingda (Oscar) Li

Oscar works on TFETs.

Mingda Zhu

Mingda works on advanced GaN HEMTs.

Suresh Vishwanath

Vishwanath works on 2D crystal growth and applications.


Wenshen Li
Wenshen Li

Wenshen works on advanced GaN devices.

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Xiang Li

Xiang researches GaN HEMTS with ferroelectric gate stack.

Master Students

Aditya Sundar

Aditya Sundar, MS MSE, works on 2D materials.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Hank Liu

Hank Liu, MEng ECE, works on power devices.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Huai-Hsun Burt Lien

Huai-Hsun Burt Lien, MS MSE, works on 2D materials.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Jae Ho Shin

Jae Ho Shin, MS, MSE, works on nanotechnologies.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Liheng Jerry Zhang

Liheng, MS, MSE, works on Ga2O3 devices.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Yuxin Ji

Yuxin Ji, MEng ECE, works on nano electronics.
Co-advised with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

Undergraduate Students

Malavika Attaluri
Miaoxiu Tian
Xinyi Cai

Alumni Members

Berardi Sensale Rodriguez

(2009 - 2013 Ph.D.) (Co-advised with Prof. Lei Liu)
"Novel Terahertz Devices Based on Tunable 2DEG Systems"

Berardi's doctoral work dealt with the proposal and development of THz devices and systems based on two-dimensional semiconductors and non-traditional electron transport phenomena.

He is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT). His research is focused on electromagnetics and nanophotonics.

Bo Song

(2011-2016, P.h.D)
"Advanced GaN devices and technology for for RF and power switching applications"

Bo worked on advanced GaN HEMTs.
Currently at ADI.

Chuanxin Lian

(2004 - 2009, Ph.D. now works at MACOM)
"Wafer-fused AlGaAs/GaAs/GaN HBTs"

Chuanxin Lian (01/10 - 06/10) jointly with Prof. Debdeep Jena.

David Deen

(2005 - 2010, Ph.D., now with Seagate)

“Advanced Design of Ultra-Thin Barrier AlN/GaN HEMTs: A Study of Device Design, Modeling and Analysis”

Feng-Ming Chang

Feng-Ming, MEng, ECE, worked on 2D materials and devices.

Guangle Zhou

(2008 - 2012, Ph.D. now with SanDisk)

Guangle worked on III-V semiconductor based Tunneling Field-Effect-Transistors (TFET).

Jia Guo

(2008 - 2012, Ph.D. now with CREE)
"InAlN HEMTs with regrown ohmic contacts by MBE"

Jia worked on the GaN based High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs) simulation, device fabrication and characterization.

Jing Zhou

(2006, MS)
"Fabrication of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs"

Qingling Hang

(8/08 - 07/09) jointly with Prof. Debdeep Jena

Rachel Rasmussen

(2006-2009, MS) (Co-advised with Masaru Kuno)

"Photon-assisted DEP alignment and optoelectronic properties of CdS(Se) nanowires"

Ronghua Wang

(2008 - 2013, PhD)

Ronghua worked on GaN based HEMTs fabrication and characterization, for high speed and power applications.

Shudong Xiao

(April 2013 - 2015)

Shudong worked on LEAST transistors.

Subrina Rafique

(2011 - 2012, MS) (co-advised with Prof. Michelle Kelly)

Subrina worked on 2D crystal (such as graphene) growth and novel devices (THz, biosensors).

Tian Fang

(2006 - 2012 ) (co-advised with Professor Debdeep Jena)

“Carrier transport in graphene and GaN high electron mobility transistors.”

Currently he is with Solar City.

Tom Zimmermann

(Postdoc then Visiting Research Assistant Professor, August 2006 - 2010)

Now with Fraunhofer Institute, Duisburg, Germany.

Vasily Kanzyuba

(January 2014 - August 2014)

Project: Graphene as heat spreader. Vasily worked on graphene CVD growth, functionalization and XPS.

Yu Cao

(2010, Ph.D. co-advised with Prof. Jena)
"Study of AlN/GaN HEMTs: MBE growth, transport properties and device issues"

Now with HRL.

Yuanzheng Yue

(Postdoc April 2011 - October 2011, now with ASU)

Yuanzheng worked on advanced GaN devices and ALD deposition of metals/dielectrics.

Yuping Zeng

(Postdoc, October - November 2011)

Currently an Assistant Professor at University of Delaware.

Zongyang Hu

(2008 - 2014, Ph.D., now Postdoc at Cornell)

“GaN HEMTs and MOSHFETs for Power Switching Applications”


Alumni Visiting Scholar

Dr. Tongbo Wei

Visiting from CAS. 

Tongbo worked on DUV technologies.

Xiangyang Li

(2006, Visiting Scholar)

Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



Alumni Undergraduate and RET Researchers

Ava Tan

ECE '16, Cornell

Barbara Raynal

(EE 2011, University of Notre Dame)

Now with Duke University

Bihan Zhu

(Physics, EE, class 2014)

Ian Evans

(B.S. 2009, currently B.S. in Economics at ND)

Jason Kulick (B.S. 2009, currently President, Co-Founder of Indiana Integrated Circuits, LLC)

Ian Lightcap

(RET, 2005) - Clay High School, South Bend
Co-advised with D. Jena
•Project: Nanoscale imaging of semiconductors

Now with University of Notre Dame, PhD candidate in Chemistry

Jane Fleming

(B.S. expected in May 2011, Dual Degree Program at St. Mary’s College and University of Notre Dame

Now with CocaCola

John Weisenberger

(EE, class 2015)

Katrina Magno

(Physics, class 2015)

Kevin Burke

(2011) - University of Notre Dame / co-advised with Prof. M. Kelly
•Project - Chemical vapor deposition growth of bilayer graphene

Mark Prochaska

(RET, 2010) - Clay High School, South Bend, IN
•Project: ICP-Reactive ion etching of Al2O3

Phil Cook

(RET, 2011) - Culver Academy, Indiana
•Summer 2008 - Project: Semiconductor ion sensitive field-effect transistors
•Summer 2009 - Project: Graphene preparation and characterization
•Summer 2010 - Project: Comparative study on CVD and epi grapheme using scanning Kelvin probe measurements