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). Connie 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. She has served the university in many leadership roles, including Chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group 2006-2017, Chief Academic Officer of Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS) 2015-2018, and Associate Dean for Strategic Alliances of College of Engineering 2014-2019. She has been the Founding Co-Director of Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) since 2015. She is an Honorary Member of A.F. Ioffe Institute and a Visiting Professor of Tsinghua University, Peking University, National Jiao Tung University, National Taiwan University and National University of Singapore.
A 34-year OSA member since her student years, Connie has been an active volunteer and has served our Society in different positions, including: Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave (2007-2012), elected Director-at-Large on the OSA Board of Directors (1998-2000), and member of the OSA Centennial Advisory Panel (2014-2016). Her other volunteer positions include membership on the following: US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board; IEEE Photonics Society Board of Governors; and the US National Research Council’s Board on Assessment of NIST Programs, Study on Optics and Photonics, and US Advisory Committee to the International Commission on Optics.
Connie has been an enthusiastic meetings volunteer and organizer. She served as CLEO Program Co-chair (1997) and General Co-chair (1999); OSA Slow and Fast Light Topical Meeting Program Co-Chair (2006) and General Co-chair (2007); and OSA Frontiers in Optics Conference General Co-Chair (2007). She was the General Technical Co-Chair (2004) and General Co-Chair (2005) for the Asia Pacific Optical Communications Conference.
Connie’s research interests range from semiconductor optoelectronic devices to materials and physics, with current foci on nano-photonic materials, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) and their applications. She has received the Okawa Prize (2018), UNESCO Medal For the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies (2015), IEEE David Sarnoff Award (2011), OSA Nick Holonyak Jr. Award (2007), IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Award for Scientific Achievement (2003), the Microoptics Award from Japan Society of Applied Physics (2009), DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (2008), von Humboldt Foundation Research Award (2009), and Guggenheim Fellowship (2009). She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, OSA and IEEE, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.