David G. Seiler

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Distinguished Alumnus 2000

  • M.S. 1965, Physics, Purdue University
  • Ph.D. 1969, Physics, Purdue University

The recipient of the 2000 Distinguished Alumnus award was Dr. David G. Seiler. David received an M.S. in 1965 and a Ph.D. in 1969 from the Department of Physics at Purdue University. After receiving his doctorate, he joined the faculty at the University of North Texas at Denton in 1969 and became a Professor of Physics in 1980. In 1988 he was honored as the first Regents Professor of Physics at the University of North Texas. He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of narrow gap semiconductors.

David began his involvement with the National Science Foundation in 1985 as an NSF program Director in the Materials Research Division of the Solid State Physics Program. In 1988, David moved to the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he assumed the role of group leader of Materials Technology in the Semiconductor Division. Since 1995, he has been Division Chief of the Semiconductor Electronics Division where he provides technical leadership in research and development of the semiconductor measurement infrastructure essential to silicon and other advanced semiconductor technology. In this role, David oversees a wide range of both experimental and theoretical research and development related to semiconductor materials, processes, and devices. His leadership role in the study of semicondcutors has led to penetrating insights into their band structures through the observation of remarkable inversion asymmetry splittings and warping effects. Laser induced hot electron effects in combination with the Shubnikov-de Haas effect is another of his pioneering contributions. Two-photon (non-linear) spectroscopy of semiconductors is yet another area where David has made some of his most important and innovative contributions to semiconductor physics.

Career Highlights

  • 1988 honored as the first Regents Professor of Physics at the University of North Texas
  • 1985 became NSF program Director in the Materials Research Division of the Solid State Physics Program
  • 1988 appointed group leader of Materials Technology in the Semiconductor Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • 1995 selected as Division Chief of the Semiconductor Electronics Division
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