John E. Bowers
John E. Bowers is Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also the West Coast Director of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) and CTO and cofounder of Calient Networks and Chairman of the Board of BioIQ. His research interests are primarily concerned with silicon photonics, optoelectronic devices, optical switching and transparent optical networks. Bowers is cofounder of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Management, and founder of Terabit Technology (sold to Ciena). Bowers received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UCSB.
Bowers is a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He was an elected member of the IEEE LEOS Board of Governors, a LEOS Distinguished Lecturer, and Vice President for Conferences for LEOS. He has published eight book chapters, 450 journal papers, 700 conference papers and has received 52 patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He and coworkers received the ACE Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007.
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Roger Helkey is Associate Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and also the West Coast Associate Director of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). His research interests include silicon photonics and energy efficiency. Helkey spent 15 years at Calient Networks, developing optical switching as a low-power alternative to electrical switching for data center and telecommunications applications. Helkey received the B.S. degree from Caltech and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Helkey is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has published four book chapters, 40 journal papers, and received 41 patents.
David Auston is Executive Director of the Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC), and Director of the UC TomKat Carbon Neutrality Project. Prior to joining UC Santa Barbara, he was President of the Kavli Foundation. He has been a member of the technical staff and department head at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories (now Lucent Technologies), Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, Provost of Rice University, and President of Case Western Reserve University.
Auston has contributed to research in the fields of lasers, nonlinear optics, and solid-state materials. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Auston earned bachelors and masters degrees in engineering physics and electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jane Allen is the Business Officer for the Institute for
Energy Efficiency and is responsible for the full range of management functions necessary for the conduct of research and programmatic missions of the IEE and its centers, including the westcoast headquarters of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). In general, her responsibilities include oversight of budget, overall management of contract and grant administration, purchasing, events and programs, staff and academic personnel programs, technical support services, facilities maintenance and renovation, safety programs, and long-term strategic planning.
Katherine Grayson is the Financial Coordinator for the Institute of Energy Efficiency. She is responsible for payroll and time reporting, GSFR entries, shipping/receiving/purchasing, and travel and entertainment reimbursements. In addition, she assists, as needed, with arrangements for meetings and events related to IEE affiliation and/or contracts and grants.
Before joining IEE, Katherine attended Southern Vermont College and received her bachelor's in Business Administration and Management. Previously, she was employed by a private wealth management firm and spent time as an assistant account manager for an insurance agency in her home state of Connecticut.
Contract & Grant Analyst
Carolyn Meisner is the Contract & Grant Analyst for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She is responsible for managing and monitoring IEE contracts and grants, including expenditure review and funding checks, financial analysis and dissemination of financial statements/payroll projections, subcontract invoice processing, effort report management, and assistance in proposal preparation. Carolyn is also responsible for overseeing the academic personnel processes, including appointments, reappointments, modifications, and the coordination of complex visa application processes for incoming researchers.
Carolyn joins us from the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, where she worked as a Contract & Grant, Travel, and Personnel Analyst. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Kaitlyn LeGros is the Lead Events & Marketing Assistant for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She assists the Events & Marketing Manager with events and acts as the liason to visiting seminar speakers. Kaitlyn is responsible for preparing email announcements and promotional materials.
Kaitlyn is a junior at UCSB majoring in Psychology and Art History. After graduation, she plans to continue working in the events and marketing fields.
Events & Marketing Assistant
Alexis Wilkman is the Events & Marketing Assistant for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She assists the Events & Marketing Manager with events and acts as the liason to visiting seminar speakers. Alexis is responsible for preparing email announcements and promotional materials.
Alexis is a junior double-majoring in Biology and Philosophy with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy. She hopes to pursue a career in Bioethics, and is passionate about sustainability and environmental justice.
Alex Swider is a Student Financial Assistant for the Institute of Energy Efficiency. He assists with tracking and organizing the expenditures of the company and to help keep records.
Alex is a junior at UCSB majoring in Biochemistry. After graduation he plans on pursuing graduate school for medicine or research.