Electrical engineering professor named to Roell Early Career Professorship


By Sarah Small

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Rongming Chu, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, was recently appointed to the Thomas and Sheila Roell Early Career Professorship in Engineering. 

The endowment was established to recognize outstanding faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and to provide support for their continuing contributions to research, teaching and public service within the field of electrical engineering.

“On behalf of the Department of Electrical Engineering, I would like to congratulate Rongming Chu on receiving this prestigious award, which I am certain will help launch his promising career,” said Kultegin Aydin, department head and professor of electrical engineering.

Chu joined the electrical engineering department at Penn State as an associate professor in August of 2018. He received his doctorate from University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2008. Before joining Penn State, he spent 10 years in the industry working to advance energy-efficient, electronic device technology.

Chu holds 40 U.S. patents and more than 70 publications in the field of semiconductor materials, devices and circuits. He is a co-editor of the book, “III-Nitride Electronic Devices,” published by Elsevier. Chu is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. He is a recipient of the IEEE Electron Device Society’s George E. Smith Award.

His current research interests include semiconductor devices and integration technology for high-speed, high-power and harsh-environment applications.

“I am very honored to receive the Roell Early Career Professorship,” Chu said. “I would like to express my gratitude for Penn State’s support of early career faculty members. I would also like to thank my colleagues for their camaraderie and mentorship.”

Chu, whose title is now Roell Early Career Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, will hold this professorship through June of 2022.

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