Gerald Stringfellow

Curriculum Vitae

Gerald Stringfellow portrait
  • Distinguished Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
  • Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Physics And Astronomy, University of Utah



  • Ph.D. 1967, Materials Science, Stanford University
  • M.S. 1965, Materials Science, Stanford University
  • B.S. 1964, Ceramic Engineering, University of Utah

Honors & Awards

  • 20,000 citations to printed technical books and papers. Various publishers and publications, 01/2012
  • 1st ever “lifetime achievement award” . International Conference on MOVPE, 05/30/2010
  • Career Achievement Award. International Conference on MOVPE, 05/2010
  • Nominee: Chair of Materials Section. National Academy of Engineering, 07/2008
  • Materials Science and Engineering Section committee (Nominee). National Academy of Engineering, 03/31/2008
  • Pioneers of Progress Award. Days of 47 Committee, 07/2007
  • Member of Peer Committee. National Academy of Engineering, 01/2005
  • Rosenblatt Prize. University of Utah, 05/2004
  • John Bardeen Award of TMS. TMS, 03/2003
  • Principal Editor. Journal of Crystal Growth, 01/2003
  • Member. National Academy of Engineering, 02/2001
  • Crystal Growth Award. The American Association for Crystal Growth, 08/1999
  • Distinguished Professor Award. University of Utah, 05/1996
  • Member of Editorial Board. Journal of Crystal Growth, 01/1993
  • Paper Selected for Inclusion in “A Perspective on Crystal Growth”, An Historical Collection of 25 Papers in Celebration of 25 Years of the Journal of Crystal. journal of Crystal Growth, 01/1992
  • Fellow, IEEE. IEEE, 01/1989
  • Associate Editor. Journal of Crystal Growth, 01/1979
  • Alexander von Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Award. 01/1979


Gerald Stringfellow is internationally known for his work in developing a particular class of semiconductors, critically important in the areas of fiber-optic communications systems and solar cells. He is also considered a pioneer in his work on light-emitting diodes in order to develop a more energy-efficient, longer-lasting light source.

In 2001, Prof. Stringfellow was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the most prestigious academic honors. He has received the Humboldt U.S. Senior Science Award, the Utah Governor’s Medal of Science, and the University’s Distinguished Research Award. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is principal editor of the Journal of Crystal Growth.

Stringfellow served as dean of the U’s College of Engineering from 1998 to 2003, and twice served as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from the University of Utah in 1964, and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in materials science from Stanford University. He was an engineer and project manager at Hewlett Packard Laboratories before joining the University faculty in 1980.