Al Cho MBE Award

The International MBE Advisory Committee is proud to present the Al Cho MBE Award at every international MBE conference in honor of Al Cho, “Father of MBE”, and to recognize individuals who have made fundamental contributions to the science and technology of MBE or enabled by MBE. The award includes a $5,000 cash prize and an engraved plaque and is sponsored by the North American MBE Conference.

Previous recipients: Tom Foxon (2004), Yoshiji Horikoshi (2006), Arthur Gossard (2008), Klaus Ploog (2010), Satoshi Hiyamizu (2012), James S. Harris (2014), Jean Massies (2016), Aizhen Li (2018), Charles Tu (2020), Eric Tournié (2022).

Al Cho MBE Award 2024 winner - Pallab Bhattacharya, University of Michigan, USA
"For his work on Molecular beam epitaxy of quantum heterostructures and nanostructures and the demonstration and development of quantum dot lasers and related light sources." 

Pallab BhattacharyaPallab Bhattacharya is the Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the James R. Mellor Professor Emeritus of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received the M. Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Sheffield, UK. He was an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices and was Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Physics D. He has edited Properties of Lattice-Matched and Strained InGaAs (UK: INSPEC, 1993) and Properties of III-V Quantum Wells and Superlattices (UK: INSPEC, 1996). He has also authored the textbook Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices (Prentice Hall, 2nd edition). His teaching and research interests are in the areas of compound semiconductors, low-dimensional quantum confined systems, nanophotonics, spintronics and optoelectronic integrated circuits. His group has conducted extensive research on molecular beam epitaxy of strained heterostructures and their electronic and optoelectronic devices, III-V and III-nitride quantum dot lasers, LEDs and single-photon sources, nanowire heterostructures and light sources, hot-carrier dynamics in quantum well and quantum dot lasers, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and spintronic devices.

Professor Bhattacharya is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has been awarded the D. Eng. (honoris causa) degree from the University of Sheffield, U.K. He has also received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. The professional awards he has received include the IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal, the Heinrich Welker Medal, the IEEE David Sarnoff Award, the IEEE (LEOS) Engineering Achievement Award, the IEEE (Nanotechnology Council) Nanotechnology Pioneer Award, the Optical Society of America (OSA) Nick Holonyak Award, the TMS John Bardeen Award, and the Quantum Devices Award of the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Optical Society of America, and the National Academy of Inventors.

Young Investigator MBE Award

The International MBE Advisory Committee is proud to present the Young Investigator Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the science and technology of MBE or enabled by MBE by the age of 40 and that show promise of future leadership in the field. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize and an engraved plaque and is supported by the International Conference on MBE (ICMBE 2024).

Previous recipients: Jiro Nishinaga (2012), Homan Yuen and Debdeep Jena (2014), Bharat Jalan (2016), Songrui Zhao (2018), Stephanie Law (2020), Le Duc Anh (2022).

Young Investigator MBE Award 2024 winner - Jason Kawasaki, University of Wisconsin, USA
"For his work on Epitaxial synthesis and strain engineering of Heusler films and freestanding membranes."

Jason KawasakiJason Kawasaki is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison. His research focuses on epitaxial synthesis of Heusler films, superlattice, and single crystalline membranes. A particular focus is to tune their magnetic, topological, and superconducting properties via strain and interface effects, with potential applications in spintronics. To that end, he currently leads an Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) within the Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) on tuning ultrafast magnetism via combined strain and optical excitation in single crystalline membranes. Kawasaki received a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University in 2009, a Ph.D. in Materials from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014, and was a Kavli Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University from 2014-2016. He joined UW-Madison as an Assistant Professor in 2016 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2022. He is the recipient of the AVS Peter Mark Young Memorial Award (2024), NAMBE Young Investigator Award (2019), and young investor awards from ARO, AFOSR, DARPA, and NSF.

Outstanding Student MBE Award

The Outstanding Student MBE Award is based on the quality of the student's work and the excellence of their presentation and includes students who either present their work orally or as a poster.