Prof. Stephen Forrest Honorary Doctor Technion

Prof. Stephen Forrest Honorary Doctor Technion


As a professor inventor and successful
entrepreneur Stephen Forrest has made pioneering breakthroughs in the fields
of organic optoelectronics lighting optical communications and solar cells
he heads the opto electronic components and materials laboratory at the
University of Michigan and is a professor in the electrical engineering
physics and materials science and engineering departments professor
Forrest is an esteemed Technion friend and colleague he is a distinguished
visiting professor in the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering and
serves as head of the academic committee of the Board of Governors after earning
his MSC and PhD degrees in physics at the University of Michigan he taught at
the University of Southern California and Princeton in 2006 he returned to the
University of Michigan as vice president of research he is the recipient of many
prestigious awards and honors and has authored approximately 580 papers and
holds 307 patents he is the co-founder or founding participant in five
high-tech companies and serves on the board of directors of Applied Materials
he has been named by Thomson Reuters in the top 1% of cited researchers in both
physics and material science right now I’m working on some really exciting
stuff we’re working still on the many challenges facing the display industry
of the OLED display industry and the lighting industry and the other thing
that I’m finding very very exciting we want to make ubiquitous solar energy
available through solar cells made with organic thin film compounds this is very
important for preserving our precious environment I got involved in working
with international universities when I first started as vice president for
research here at the University of Michigan and I was talking to our
president Mary Sue Coleman and she told me I needed to go to Israel to find out
how they did it there how entrepreneurialism why was it so
successful in Israel and what can we learn from them so we could bring that
to Michigan so I went on a 10-day trip to Israel I visited all of the major
universities I was very interested in the Technion simply because it’s almost
the core of Israeli entrepreneurialism in Israel and it’s a huge engine of of
new technologies and since that time with the Technion there’s been a very
strong relationship with the University of Michigan I’m extremely happy to have
gotten this award it’s really a profound honor for many reasons my family history
has a connection to the country and my parents would be extremely proud I’m
sure but the quality of the institution the how it has changed Israeli life in
so many ways actually all of our lives because of the entrepreneurialism
that’s inherent in the community these things make Technion special among
all the universities on the planet when I was at Princeton I hired a young
faculty Moti Segev and he became a very good friend but then he decided he’d go
back to Israel my long relationship with Technion just makes me feel part of the
family

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