Recent news from the University of Illinois:
Professor elected to engineering academy
University of Illinois engineering professor James J. Coleman has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.
Coleman, a pioneer in the field of photonics, is the Intel Alumni Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of materials science and engineering at the UI.
Coleman was cited for his work in semiconductor lasers and photonic materials. His research focuses on materials for optoelectronics, which are devices like lasers, light sensors, solar cells or fiber obtics that convert electricity into light or vice-versa.
Coleman helped develop metalorganic chemical vapor deposition, a method widely used to make semiconductor devices. As the director of the Semiconductor Laser Laboratory at the UI, he oversees research using this method to explore applications in lasers, quantum dots and other optical structures.
"This is a significant recognition and prestigious honor for one of our distinguished faculty," said Ilesanmi Adesida, the dean of the College of Engineering. "Dr. Coleman's research has added considerable knowledge to the field of semiconductor lasers and photonic devices, and his many successful patents and contributions to the engineering literature remain a testament of those achievements. He is also an Illinois alumnus, so we are doubly proud of his achievements."
Coleman earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the UI. He worked at Bell Laboratories and Rockwell International before joining the faculty in 1982. He has published more than 400 scholarly journal articles and holds seven patents. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Optical Society of America, SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics), the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.
Coleman is among 66 new members and 10 foreign associates recently named to the academy.
Davis to return to UI, head accounting department
Jon S. Davis has been appointed head of the department of accountancy and the R.C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business at the UI, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees.
Davis, a former faculty member at Illinois, will assume his new position on April 16. He previously was the Arthur Andersen Alumni Professor of Accounting and chairman of the department of accounting and information systems at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. From 1994 to 2001, he was a professor of accountancy in the UI College of Business.
Davis received his doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Arizona. He became a certified public accountant in 1981.
His research focuses on issues related to tax policy, particularly in the area of regulatory compliance.
Davis has held leadership positions for the Accounting Accreditation Committee of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the American Taxation Association, the American Accounting Association and other professional organizations. He was a trustee of the American Taxation Association from 1998 to 2000.