Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Bell Labs' Alfred Cho Awarded U.S. National Medal of Technology

Alfred Y. Cho, Adjunct Vice President of Semiconductor Research at Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs, has been chosen as a recipient of the 2005 U.S. National Medal of Technology. The U.S. National Medal of Technology is the highest honor awarded by the President of the United States for technological innovation. Cho, a 39-year veteran of Bell Labs, is being recognized for his contributions to the invention of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and his continuing work to refine it into a commercial process.

MBE "grows" ordered materials one atomic layer at a time, allowing engineering of the highly precise semiconductor components needed for advanced electronics and photonics. Alcatel-Lucent noted that this technology has enabled many of the advanced devices critical to the modern electronic age including RF switches and front-end and power amplifiers in cell phones, and the semiconductor lasers used in today's compact disc players and CD-ROM drives.

This is the eighth time Bell Labs and its scientists have received the U.S. National Medal of Technology.

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