Aron Kressel Award

The IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award is given to recognize those individuals who have made important contributions to opto-electronic device technology. The device technology cited is to have had a significant impact on their applications in major practical systems. The intent is to recognize key contributors to the field for developments of critical components, which lead to the development of systems enabling major new services or capabilities. These achievements should have been accomplished in a prior time frame sufficient to permit evaluation of their lasting impact. The work cited could have appeared in the form of publications, patents, products, or simply general recognition by the professional community that the individual cited is the agreed upon originator of the advance upon which the award decision is based. The award may be given to an individual or group, up to three in number. The Award is endowed by the Sarnoff Corporation and by Nova Information Systems, Inc. The Award consists of an honorarium of $1000 and a certificate. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.

2017 Honoree

LAU Kei May IPSKei-May Lau

For exceptional contributions to hetero-epitaxy of highly mismatched III-V photonics devices by MOCVD.



Professor Kei-May Lau (M’80-SM’92-F’01) is Fang Professor of Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).  She received her undergraduate education in physics from the University of Minnesota and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.  After a brief stint in industry, she joined the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and initiated MOCVD, compound semiconductor materials and devices programs. Since the fall of 2000, she has been with the ECE Department at HKUST.

Professor Lau’s research in compound semiconductor materials and devices has had a major and singular impact on today’s high-performance and energy-saving photonics technologies ranging from lasers for ubiquitous telecommunication to energy-efficient displays and lighting.

Not only has she strategically targeted technological challenges and goals that produced the high-performance light-emitting devices and III-V transistors directly grown on silicon, but with an eye to ultimate manufacturability and volume production as well. Thus, her long-term and consistent investment in direct growth of III-V devices on silicon by MOCVD has not only demonstrated record performance devices, but also facilitates natural device integration that leverages mature and cost-effective Si IC manufacturing, especially in new lighting technologies, producing a compact form factor for lighting displays incorporating fast and sophisticated modulation electronics.

Her early reports of GaN on Silicon LEDs and transistors stimulated and reinforced industrial commitments in the pursuit of commercialization of these devices. Companies worldwide have invested heavily in these directions in recent years. Her work on III-V lasers and transistors on silicon has generated tremendous interests in major corporations including Intel, TSMC, IMEC and Huawei.

Professor Lau co-founded CLEDoS, a startup launched in Hong Kong, which has brought to market cost-effective LED lighting that is both energy-efficient and lightweight.

Professor Lau is a Fellow of the IEEE, 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 Editor of the IEEE EDL and an Associate Editor of the Applied Physics Letters.

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