College of Engineering Assistant Professor Hatice Altug (ECE) was recently selected as a Peter Paul Career Development Professor by Boston University. The highly-competitive professorship is awarded to elite, young faculty at Boston University, irrespective of college or discipline.
“Our department is delighted that Boston University selected Prof. Hatice Altug as the second Peter Paul Career Development Professor,” ECE Chairman David Castañón said. “This award will provide valuable resources to enable her to continue her ground breaking work and develop new collaborations at Boston University.”
The professorship is awarded to deserving faculty in their first two years of appointment at Boston University. The awardees are nominated by the respective dean and selected by the president and provost. The professorship provides $50,000 annually towards salary and research for three years.
Altug joined the College of Engineering in January of 2007 after receiving a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University. She received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Bilkent University (Turkey) in 2000.
Altug’s research involves the design and implementation of high performance, ultra-compact nano-photonic devices and sensors that have a wide range of applications. She demonstrated the world’s fastest on-chip semiconductor laser, which appeared as the cover image of the July 2006 issue of Nature Physics and was highlighted in the September 2006 Nature Photonics and the December 2006 Laser Focus World Magazines. Her work on the coupled array nanocavity laser was featured in the January 2006 Photonics Spectra and Laser Focus World Magazines and the March 2006 IEEE LEOS Newsletter.
She was awarded best research paper at the November 2006 IEEE LEOS Conference in November 2006 and the IEEE LEOS Research Excellence Award in October 2005.
The professorship is named for Peter Paul (GSM ’71), president of Paul Financial, LLC, and owner and chairman of Grove Street Winery. Paul has pledged $1.5 million over five years to support 10 three-year, career development professorships.