John Bowers

John Bowers

Fred Kavli Distinguished Professor
Materials, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director, Institute for Energy Effiency

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials, Technology Management


(805) 893-8447
3005 Henley Hall

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Member of : 

National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors

Fellow of: 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Optical Society of America (OSA), American Physical Society (APS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Jun-ichi Nishizawa Prize, IEEE; Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award, Optical Society (OSA); IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award; International Conference on Indium Phosphide and Related Materials (IPRM) Award; Highly Cited Researchers List, Clarivate; South Coast Business and Technology's Entrepreneur of the Year; Elected Fellow, IEEE; Elected Fellow, OSA; Elected Fellow, American Physical Society (APS); Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Electronic and Photonic Materials

Bowers is a world-leading researcher in the areas of silicon photonics, optoelectronics, energy efficiency and the development of novel low power optoelectronic devices for the next generation of optical networks. His research interests include silicon photonics and integrated circuits, fiber optic networks, thermoelectrics, high efficiency solar cells, and optical switching. Optical switches have the potential to reduce the energy required to switch data by factor of 10,000. Silicon photonics have the potential to reduce the energy require to transmit data on and off chips by a factor of ten or more. A recent collaboration with Intel led to the development of hybrid silicon lasers, which led to a prototype 50 Gbps high-speed optical data link, which is integrated onto silicon.


American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, Institute for Energy Efficiency


PhD Stanford University
MS Stanford University