UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center (“SSLEEC”)
SSLEEC is the culmination of two decades of visionary research into solid state lighting and power switching. Recognizing the need for energy-efficient lighting technologies, UC Santa Barbara, along with industry partners, have funded groundbreaking research at SSLEEC and its predecessor entities that have led to more energy-efficient solutions for lighting, cell phones, computers, appliances, automobiles, industrial equipment, and power distribution systems.
SSLEEC consists of approximately a dozen faculty members, 30 graduate students, and 20 staff, including internationally recognized researchers and visiting scholars. The faculty and researchers of SSLEEC and its predecessors have published thousands of peer-reviewed publications and have amassed a portfolio of more than 250 issued patents. Since its inception, SSLEEC has conferred approximately 100 Ph.D. degrees. SSLEEC’s principal investigators and faculty count among themselves a Nobel Prize, a Millennium Technology Prize, and a Technology & Engineering Emmy award. Among SSLEEC’s staff are five members of the National Academy of Engineers and three members of the National Academy of Inventors.