Bio Sketch


Debdeep Jena is the David E. Burr Professor of Engineering at Cornell University.  He is in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, and is a field member in the department of Applied and Engineering Physics.  He joined Cornell in 2015 from the faculty at Notre Dame where he was since August 2003, shortly after earning the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).


His teaching and research are in the quantum physics of semiconductors and electronic and photonic devices based on quantized semiconductor structures (e.g. Nitrides, Oxides, 2D Materials), and their heterostructures with superconductors, ferroelectrics and magnets.  His research group develops energy-efficient transistors, light-emitting diodes and lasers, RF and power electronics, and quantum computation and communication devices.  His research is driven by the goal to enable orders of magnitude increase in the energy efficiency and speed for computation, memory, communications, lighting, and electrical energy management ranging from the chip to the grid.


His group's research has been published in more than 400 journal papers including in Science, Nature, Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters and Electron Device Letters. He has been a Clarivate highly cited researcher for several years, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society. His research is recognized by awards such as the ISCS young scientist award in 2012 and the MBE young scientist award in 2014, and awards from the industry such as the IBM faculty award in 2012, and the Intel Outstanding Research award in 2020.  He has served in leadership roles in several national centers such as the SRC/DARPA JUMP centers, DOE EFRC, NSF DMREF, and NSF EFRI.  His research work has resulted in several patents and a spinoff company.  His teaching is recognized by awards, and his textbook Quantum Physics of Semiconductor Materials and Devices has been adopted by several universities for undergraduate and graduate courses.