Dec. 10, 2007
By Andrea Gibson
Sergio Ulloa has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society for his distinguished contributions to physics research and outreach. The international professional association bestows this prestigious recognition each year on only 0.5 percent of its 46,000 members.
The society this fall acknowledged Ulloa, a professor of physics and astronomy at Ohio University, for his theoretical research on optical properties of semiconductor materials. The scientist currently studies quantum dots, "artificial atoms" that could be the building blocks of the next generation of nanoscale technologies.
The society also praised Ulloa for organizing workshops and conferences that teach college students state-of-the-art research skills to further engage them in physics. That includes outreach activities in the scientist's native Mexico and other Latin American nations.
"I find there is a lot of untapped talent in that region. Over the years, I have met very bright Latin Americans who have continued to develop in part thanks to what they learn and the contacts they make at these workshops," he said.
Ulloa is the eighth faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy to be named a fellow of the American Physical Society in recent years, according to Joseph Shields, chair and professor. The others are David Drabold, Charlotte Elster, Steve Grimes, Kenneth Hicks, Peter Jung, Madappa Prakash and Roger Rollins. In addition, five retired faculty previously received the recognition.
"Sergio Ulloa's selection as an APS Fellow is independent validation of his stature as a researcher and a leader in advancing science internationally," Shields said. "The fact that eight of our current faculty hold this elite status is an indication of the national profile of our faculty and the high regard they are held in by colleagues in the physics community."
Ulloa's research is funded by the National Science Foundation. He is a member of Ohio University's Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute and its Condensed Matter and Surface Sciences Program.
The formal ceremony for the award will take place in the spring.
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