2020 Gegenheimer Trailblazer Lecture Series

On Monday, February 17, the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering will have the privilege of hosting Nobel Laureate, Professor Hiroshi Amano from Nagoya University in Japan as he delivers the Spring 2020 Gegenheimer Trailblazer Lecture. Professor Amano shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for his role in the development of blue LEDs and is currently the director of the Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics (CIRFE), Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS) at Nagoya University. He will deliver a talk titled “En Route to Establishing a Zero Carbon Emission Society” at 11 am in the GTMI auditorium with a Q&A and reception to follow. The lecture is open to all members of the campus community.

Trailblazer Lecture Announcement

Professor Hiroshi Amano, Doctor of Engineering

Hiroshi Amano received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in 1983, 1985 and 1989, respectively, from Nagoya University. From 1988 to 1992, he was a research associate at Nagoya University. In 1992, he moved to Meijo University, where he was an assistant professor, associate professor from 1998 until 2002, and professor from 2002 until 2010. He moved to Nagoya University, where he was a professor of Graduate School of Engineering from 2011 until 2015. On Oct. 1, 2015, he became the director of the Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics (CIRFE), Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS), Nagoya University.

During his doctoral program at the Nagoya University Graduate School of Engineering, he was able to develop high-quality epitaxially grown GaN film with metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) and p-type GaN film doped with Mg while conducting research with Professor Akasaki. For the first time in history, he established the technology necessary for the production of blue LEDs, thus performing a great achievement- the development of the high-luminosity blue LED.

Professor Amano is currently developing technologies for the fabrication of high-efficiency semiconductors and other new energy-saving devices at Nagoya University. He has over 560 publications. Professor Amano shared the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 with Professor Isamu Akasaki and Professor Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources."


Gegenheimer Trailblazer Lecture Series on Innovation

The Lecture Series on Innovation was established in 1995 through an endowment from Mr. Harold W. Gegenheimer (Class of 1933) to support student programs that encourage creativity, innovation, and design. Through the lecture series and support of capstone design projects, students are exposed to speakers and processes that stimulate creativity and lead to inventions and patents. In 2019 The Gegenheimer Lecture Series was rebranded as the Gegenheimer Trailblazer Lecture Series, bringing in speakers who exemplify leadership and innovation in their fields.