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Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801


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James Gary Eden

James Gary Eden

Electrical and Computer Engineering
1116 Micro and Nanotechnology Lab
208 N. Wright Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801
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1116 Micro and Nanotechnology Lab
208 N. Wright Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801
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PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, January 1976

Research Statement:
Professor Eden is Director of the Laboratory for Optical Physics and Engineering, a laboratory devoted to the study and applications of the interaction of visible and ultraviolet radiation with matter. The laboratory has discovered more than a dozen lasers or amplifiers in the ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared, including the first ultraviolet and violet fiber lasers, atomic lasers pumped by the photoexcitation of atomic collision pairs, and the Cd– and Zn-halide diatomic systems. With his students, Professor Eden has demonstrated several powerful laser spectroscopic techniques that have resulted in the discovery of (for example) Rydberg series in the rare gas dimer molecules, the first observation of excitation spectra for the photoassociation of thermal atom pairs, and three body photoassociation. In the ultrafast domain (npn plasma bipolar junction transistor. Dr. Eden has authored more than 250 journal publications and 35 awarded patents. His is a co-founder of Eden Park Illumination and EP Purification.
Research Interests:
  • Laser Spectroscopy and Photochemistry
  • Optical Physics in the Visible and Ultraviolet
  • Ultrafast Science
  • Microcavity Plasmas and Optical/Electronic Devices
  • Laser Magnetometry
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Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Teaching:

  • Guest Professor, College of Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China (2012-2013)
  • Who's Who in American Education (7th, 8th eds., (2006-2008)
  • Outstanding Faculty Advising Award, College of Engineering (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011)
  • Multi-Year Faculty Achievement Award, College of Engineering (2007)
  • Who's Who in Engineering Education (2002)
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers (5th, 6th eds. 1998-2000)
  • Listed in "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students" (more than 12 times).
  • ECE Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award (2000)

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Research:

  • Special Issues of Progress in Quantum Electronics and the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics “in honor of Professor J. Gary Eden on the occasion of his 60th birthday” (2012)
  • Harold E. Edgerton Award, SPIE (2010)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2008)
  • C.E.K. Mees Medal, Optical Society of America (2007)
  • Fulbright-Israel Distinguished Chair in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (2007-2008)
  • Gilmore Family Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2007-2012)
  • Listed in Who's Who in the World (23rd-27th eds., (2006-2010)
  • Aron Kressel Award, IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (2005)
  • Who's Who in the Midwest, 28th-32nd eds.,(2005)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (2003-2005)
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000)
  • Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) (1996)
  • James F. Towey University Scholar, UIUC (1996-1999)
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering (2nd-10th eds., (1994-2008)
  • IBM Research Award, UIUC (1994)
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (1992)
  • Who's Who in America (46th-65th eds., (1990-2011)
  • Beckman Research Award (1989)
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1988)
  • Associate, Center for Advanced Study, UIUC (1987-1988)
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America (1986)
  • Rank Prize Funds Lecturer (Photochemical Vapor Deposition), Malvern, England (April 1984)
  • Who's Who in Technology (5th-7th eds., (1984-1995)
  • American Men and Women of Science (14th-21st eds., 1979-2002)
  • Research Publication Award, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC (1978)
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Sigma Xi (NRL Chapter)

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Public Service:

  • Honorary Baseball Coach, University of Illinois (March 24, 2000)
  • Campus Charitable Fund Drive Section Leader, 1998 Campaign