Prof. Connie Chang-Hasnain received her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis (1982) and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (1987). Prof. Chang-Hasnain was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Communications Research (1987–1992) and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University (1992–1995). She joined UC Berkeley as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences in 1996. She was named Whinnery Distinguished Chair Professor in 2006 and served as Chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group at UC Berkeley 2006-2017. Prof. Chang-Hasnain has been the Associate Dean for Strategic Alliances of College of Engineering since 2014. She is the Founding Co-Director of Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) since 2015.
Prof. Chang-Hasnain’s research interests range from semiconductor optoelectronic devices to materials and physics, with foci on nano-photonic materials, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) and their applications. She pioneered the first planar VCSEL and 940-nm VCSEL arrays for 3D depth detection and MEMS-integrated tunable VCSEL. She holds 44 US patents and published >600 articles. She is Fellow of the IEE, IEEE and OSA, and a member of the National Academy of Inventors and US National Academy of Engineering.
Prof. Chang-Hasnain was awarded with the Okawa Prize, OSA Nick Holonyak Jr. Award, IEEE David Sarnoff Award, UNESCO Medal for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies, IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Award for Scientific Achievement, DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, von Humboldt Foundation Research Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship. She was a member of the IEEE LEOS Board of Governors and OSA Board of Directors. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Lightwave Technology 2007-2012. She is the Vice President of the OSA.