Lyding and Sanders two of six Illinois faculty elected AAAS Fellows
CSL faculty members Joseph Lyding and William H. Sanders are two of six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected 2014 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The other recipients were Placid M. Ferreira (Mechanical Science and Engineering), Brendan A. Harley (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering), Phillip A. Newmark (Cell and Developmental Biology) and Dan Roth (Computer Science).
“These are extraordinary faculty members who are making great contributions in their fields. They are innovators and educators who are committed to addressing the grand challenges of our society. They are prime examples of the scholarship, ingenuity and quality teaching that are Illinois hallmarks,” said Ilesanmi Adesida, the vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost of the Urbana-Champaign campus.
Lyding, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, was honored for distinguished contributions in nanotechnology and discovery of the giant deuterium isotope effect. Lyding developed scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) hardware and techniques that are used in labs around the world to study materials and devices at the atomic scale, and he also discovered that deuterium could be used to extend the life of computer chips.
Lyding earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1983 and joined the Illinois faculty in 1984. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Vacuum Society and IEEE, and has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to STM and nanotechnology. He is affiliated with the Beckman Institute at Illinois.
Sanders earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1988 and joined the Illinois faculty in 1994. Sanders is also a fellow of IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is affiliated with the Coordinated Science Laboratory at Illinois, where he served as director from 2007 until becoming the electrical and computer engineering department head in 2014.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, was founded in 1848. Fellows are chosen for their outstanding contributions to the field, a tradition since 1874.