Gerald Stringfellow portrait
  • Distinguished Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering
  • Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering


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

Research Summary

Ceramics, advanced materials, microelectronics, and a broad range of topics related to materials science and electronics.


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.