SPIE Fellow SPIE Fellow Chennupati Jagadish, head of the Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group at the Australian National University (ANU), has received the Companion of the Order of Australia award, the country's highest civilian honor.
Jagadish was recognized for his service to physics and engineering, particularly in the field of nanotechnology, as a leading academic, researcher, author, and mentor. The award was made 26 January, during Australia Day 2016.
Jagadish was also honored for his executive roles with national and international scientific advisory boards. He is the director of the Australian Capital Territory node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility and the vice-president and secretary for Physical Sciences with the Australian Academy of Science.
Jagadish has mentored 40 PhD students and 44 post-doctoral fellows; published over 820 national journal and conference papers, including 31 with SPIE; and was an editor or author of seven books. He holds five US patents and is involved with six different companies in Australia and China, started by either himself or his students, commercializing technologies such as LED light bulbs and ultra-bright ultraviolet LEDs that can be used for air and water purification.
Jagadish, who has master's and doctorate degrees from University of Delhi in India, was named a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors in 2015.
Jagadish serves on the program committee for the Smart Photonic and Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits conference at SPIE Photonics West.