Ifon, Ondo State, Nigeria
|Institutions||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Known for||Material science|
Ilesanmi Adesida (born 1949, Ifon, Ondo State, Nigeria) is a naturalized American physicist of Yoruba Nigerian descent. He is the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, former Dean, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and since 2007, a member of the board of Fluor Corporation. In May 2012, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois selected Adesida to be the next vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost of the Urbana campus; a position he held from August 15, 2012. He resigned in August 2015 after involvement in controversy the use of personal email that also led to the resignation of Chancellor Phyllis Wise.
Adesida's field of academic research is nanotechnology with special emphasis on high speed devices used in communications. He has held posts as director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, professor of materials science and engineering, professor of electrical and computer engineering, professor of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and research professor of the Coordinated Science Laboratory, all at the University of Illinois. Adesida earned his bachelor’s (1974), master’s (1975), and doctoral (1979) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Adesida is an expert in the processing of semiconductors and other materials at the nanometer-scale level and in ultra-high-speed heterostructure field-effect transistors—the sort of transistors used in cell-phones, fiber optics communications, deep space[disambiguation needed] communications, and other applications. His contributions have provided insights into the limits of advanced lithography and other nanofabrication techniques.
He and his students continue to work in the areas of nanoelectronics and high-speed optoelectronic devices and circuits. Recent work has focused on the development of devices and circuits in the key materials such as indium phosphide and gallium nitride utilized in high-performance wireless, optical fiber communications, and high temperature applications. He has published over 250 refereed journal papers, over 180 conference papers and presentations, and many book chapters.
Professional organisations and honors
Adesida is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Vacuum Society, and the Optical Society of America. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, Nigerian Academy of Engineering, the Materials Research Society, and the Society for Engineering Education. In 1996, he won the Best Paper Award at the Micro- and Nano-Engineering Conference. At Illinois, he received the Oakley-Kunde Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and he has been appointed a University Scholar and an Associate Member of the Center for Advanced Study. He is a former president IEEE Electron Device Society. Member, Bohmische Society; EMSA Presidential Student Award; IEEE Electron Device Society Distinguished Lecturer (1997–2002), Member, Bohmische Physical Society (1988), IBM Postdoctoral Fellowship (1979–1981)
Education and academic post
- 1974: B.Sc, Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
- 1975: M.Sc, Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
- 1979: PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
- 1979-1984: Research Associate, Cornell University
- 1985-1987: Head, Electrical Engineering Department, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria
- 1987-2001: Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- 2001–present: Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- 2005–2012: Dean, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Starting August 15, 2012: Vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Science and Technology in Africa, ISBN 978-1-59221-112-8
- Naturalized US Citizen
- "Finding Aid to the History Makers: Video Oral History with Ilesanmi Adesida" (pdf). History Makers. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
- Fluor Adds Ilesanmi Adesida and Peter Barker to Board of Directors
- Corporate Executives and Directors at Fluor
- "Low dark current photodetector US 5880482 A". Google Patents.