Solid State Electronics and Photonics (SSEP)

What is SSEP? 

Solid State Electronics and Photonics (SSEP) is a subcategory of Electrical Engineering that focuses on research and development of component level electronic and optoelectronic devices. This includes theoretical modeling and device simulations, epitaxial growth and synthesis, material characterization including microscopy, structural, optical and electrical characterization, device fabrication micro and nanolithography, electro-optic test and measurement, and multiphysics analysis. Using this process, we make diodes, transistors, solar cells, lasers, light emitting diodes, photodetectors etc. Our coursework and research focus provides a comprehensive training on the theory, modeling, characterization, fabrication, analysis, and application of semiconductor devices. The SSEP faculty, staff, and students are a collaborative team with varied in experiences and expertise and are committed to both education and research.


Our specific research focuses fall into three major areas.


  1. Wide and Ultrawide Bandgap Electronics
  2. Photonic and Optoelectronic Devices from UV to Infrared
  3. Material science and device physics using micro/nano-technology



Our graduates are employees of many fortune 500 companies including Intel, Texas Instruments, and Apple. They help companies produce better CPUs, GPUs, RAM, displays, and analog circuits.