NC State Hosts Nobel Laureate

A delegation of professors and administrators from Nagoya University, one of NC State’s strategic partners, visited campus yesterday. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen our research collaboration and explore future opportunities in the fields of power electronics and wide band gap semiconductors.

The visit culminated in a distinguished lecture presented by Dr. Hiroshi Amano, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014, along with Professor Isamu Akasaki and Professor Shuji Nakamura. They received the prestigious honor “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.”

The lecture, presented by International Affairs in partnership with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and PowerAmerica, was delivered to more than 300 people at James B. Hunt Library. Professor Amano’s lecture was entitled, “Dr. Amano’s research and his interests for the next – Nitride Semiconductor Devices for Society 5.0.” In addition to the lecture, the delegation visited PowerAmerica, toured labs and facilities in the Monteith Research Building as well as the Hunt Library.

Nagoya University has been one of NC State’s global strategic partners for over 30 years. The multifaceted partnership involves research collaboration, student exchange and industry-university collaboration.