Professor Emeritus

Karl Hess
CAS Professor Emeritus of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor Hess is a founder of the area of computational electronics. He
has also contributed substantially in the areas of solid-state
electronics; the physics and chemistry of molecular and electronic
nanostructures; and theory and simulation of solid-state electronic
devices, including optoelectronic devices such as diode lasers. He
helped to create a Center for Computational Electronics at the Beckman
Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at UIUC. During the
formative years of the Beckman Institute, he chaired the committee that
formulated the proposal for the Beckman Institute from the physical
science community.

Over the past fifteen years, with his graduate students, he developed
the Full Band Monte Carlo method. With his coworkers he developed the
most complete existing computer-aided design tool for quantum well laser
diodes. Other work contributed to the theory of electronic transport,
in particular to transport between different solids (real space
transfer), and to the discovery of a giant isotope effect in the aging
of integrated circuits in silicon technology (chips).

He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2003. He is a
member of the National Academy of Engineering and American Academy of
Arts and Sciences; and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, American Physical Society, and American
Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the J.J. Ebers
Award; Sarnoff Technical Field Award; Heinrich Welker Memorial Award;
and an honorary Doctor of Science degree, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. At
UIUC he has been a Center for Advanced Study Associate, University
Scholar, Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Awardee, and
Swanlund Endowed Chair. In 2010, he became a foreign member of Acatech,
The National  Academy of Engineering of Germany.