Gaviria (Ph.D.) Awarded 2015 National Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship

EECS Graduate Student William Gaviria (PhD) has been awarded the 2015 National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Award.

Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. NSF provides a stipend of $32,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow utilizing the fellowship support in a fellowship year.

Gaviria is an MIT graduate (B.S. Electrical Engineering, '13) currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering and carrying out his research at Northwestern's Center for Quantum Devices (CQD) under Prof. Manijeh Razeghi. His research interests include: novel materials, particularly III-Nitrides, and their applications to solid state device.

Gaviria is working to fabricate: high wall-plug efficiency UV light-emitting diodes (LEDs); 340nm UV laser diodes (LDs) with room temperature continuous wave emission and high average power; UV focal plane arrays (FPAs) with high external quantum efficiency, sharp detection cutoff, and mid-format (640x512) or large-format (1024 ×1024) pixel arrays.

His past awards include: MIT EECS - Texas Instruments Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar (2013), NU EECS Walter P. Murphy Fellowship (2013), the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2014), the 2014-15' IEEE Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship, and the GEM PhD Engineering Fellowship (2015).

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.This year, NSF awarded the GRF to 2,000 individuals from among 16,500 applicants, representing 456 baccalaureate institutions.

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