Lester F. Eastman Award


 Lester Eastman Photo


The Lester F. Eastman Award is named after the late Professor Lester F. Eastman. Professor Eastman, a world leader in the physics and technology of compound semiconductor materials and devices; invented, fabricated, and investigated many novel semiconductor materials and devices. His work on so many occasions resulted in breakthroughs enabling important practical applications. The best solid-state device groups follow his ideas with great success, and his former students and associates work in leadership positions in hundreds of leading companies, research laboratories and universities in the United States and around the globe.

Please note:  The EDS Lester Eastman Award cannot be given to a candidate for the same work for which an IEEE Technical Field Award, IEEE Medal, or other society level award was previously received.


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Description:  To recognize individuals with outstanding achievement in high-performance semiconductor devices

Established:  2019

Prize: $2,000 and a plaque.  Only 1 winner selected each year and no award will be given if no qualified candidate is identified.

Funding:  Funded by the Lester F. Eastman endowment fund and the IEEE Electron Devices Society

Eligibility:  Any person active in the field of semiconductor devices, whether or not they are members of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, are eligible for the award. 

Basis for Judging:  Criteria considered by the selection committee will include an impact on the field of semiconductor devices. Evidence should include examples of leadership and professional interaction.  Tangible supporting evidence in the form of publications, patents, and/or transition(s) to practice should be provided. 

Deadline:  1 July   

Presentation: Annually at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)

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 Congratulations to Oliver Ambacher

2022 IEEE EDS Lester F. Eastman Award Winner!


Recent Winners of the Lester F. Eastman Award

2021 - Erhard Kohn, Retired

2020 - Asif Khan, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA