Kei May Lau



Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay
Hong Kong

Phone: 852 2358 7049

   Fax: 852 2358 1485


Kei May Lau received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and the Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, Texas.

She was a Senior Engineer at M/A-COM Gallium Arsenide Products, Inc., where she worked on epitaxial growth of GaAs for microwave components and development of mm-wave devices. Two years later, she joined the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She initiated metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), compound semiconductor materials and devices programs at UMass. Her research group performed studies on heterostructures, quantum wells, strained-layers, III-V selective epitaxy, as well as high-frequency and photonic devices. Professor Lau spent her first sabbatical leave in 1989 at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and worked with the Electro-optical Devices Group. She developed acoustic sensors at the DuPont Central Research and Development Laboratory in Wilmington, Delaware during her second sabbatical leave.  She has been a Chair Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) since the summer of 2000. She is a Fang Professor of Engineering, with effort in III-V and wide band-gap semiconductor materials and devices.

 Professor Lau is a Fellow of the IEEE, a recipient of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Awards for Women (FAW) Scientists and Engineers (1991) and Hong Kong Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2008). She served on the IEEE Electron Devices Society Administrative Committee and was an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (1996-2002). She also served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Crystal Growth.  She is an Associate Editor of the Applied Physics Letters.