November 17, 2004
Elias Towe was honored by Carnegie Mellon Engineering on November 17 as the first recipient of the Albert and Ethel Grobstein Memorial Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering, established through the estate of Albert (E' 1920, 1933) and Ethel Grobstein. Joining the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 2001, Towe is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering.
Towe's research has led to a number of breakthroughs in semiconductor laser development in the area of quantum structures (quantum dots) and devices. The latter development was recognized as a major national research & development priority in 1999. He has been active in developing the national research strategy in electronics and optoelectronics as a member of advisory groups and blue ribbon panels. Due to his eminence in the area of optoelectronics, Towe has been a consultant to the national research agencies of a number of countries and to several major companies.
With a strong publication record, Towe is the editor of one book, the author of two patents, and has more than 110 scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings. He is the associate editor in chief of the IEEE Journal of Sensors, and has been the guest editor for a number of special topics in leading journals. Towe is also a member of a number of conference-organizing committees, indicating his technical leadership within IEEE and the Optical Society of America (OSA).
He has received a number of prestigious awards that honor his accomplishments and is a fellow of three societies (IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society). In 2001 Towe won the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award from the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. In the same year, he also won the Honeywell Technology Center Award for Advancement in Photonics.
Towe received his S.B., S.M. (both 1981) and Ph.D. (1987) from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Vinton Hayes fellow. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, he was on the faculty at the University of Virginia and also served as Program Manager for DARPA in the Microsystems Technology Office.
Elias Towe received the first Albert and Ethel Grobstein Memorial Professorship.