John Bowers

John Bowers

Fred Kavli Distinguished Professor
Materials, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Technology Management
Director, Institute for Energy Effiency
Deputy CEO, AIM Photonics

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials, Technology Management Program


(805) 893-8447
2221C Engineering Sciences Building

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Member of : 

National Academy of Engineering

Fellow of: 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Optical Society of America, American Physical Society, National Academy of Inventors


OSA Holonyak Prize; IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award


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