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Debdeep Jena

Debdeep Jena

Adjunct Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Adjunct Professor
College of Engineering


Phone: 607-255-9617


Ph.D, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003

B.S., Indian Institute of Technology, Kenpur, 1998


Debdeep Jena received the B. Tech. degree with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2003.  He joined the faculty of the department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame in 2003.  His research and teaching interests are in the MBE growth and device applications of quantum semiconductorheterostructures (currently III-V nitride semiconductors), investigation of charge transport in nanostructured semiconducting materials such as graphene, nanowires and nanocrystals, and their device applications, and in the theory of charge, heat, and spin transport in nanomaterials.  He is the author on several journal publications, including articles in Science, Physical Review Letters, and Electron Device Letters among others.  He has received two best student paper awards in 2000 and 2002 for his Ph.D. dissertation research, the NSF CAREER award in 2007, and the Joyce award for excellence in undergraduate teaching in 2010.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Research Interests: III-V Nitride Heterostructure Devices by MBE, Graphene Nanoelectronic Devices, Nanowire Devices, Carrier Transport and Electrostatics in Nanostructures

Courses: Solid State Devices, Advanced Semiconductor Physics, Solid State Seminar, Electromagnetic Fields and Waves


Jena Receives 2014 MBE Young Investigator Award

October 22, 2014

Debdeep Jena, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as the 2014 Young Investigator by the International Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Advisory Committee. He is being recognized for “using MBE to unravel new electronic and photonic phenomena in polar semiconductor heterostructures, and for sustained leadership in the demonstration of their device applications.”

Grace Xing Receives U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Grant

December 5, 2013

A team led by Huili (Grace) Xing, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a $2,496,428 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program for projects aimed at developing next-generation power conversion devices that could dramatically transform how power is controlled and converted through the grid.

Jena Receives 2012 Young Scientist Award

September 28, 2012

Debdeep Jena, associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as the 2012 Young Scientist by the International Symposium for Compound Semiconductors. He was recognized “for his contributions to the understanding of transport in nitrides and two-dimensional crystals for high-performance transistors.”

Engineering Faculty Receive DURIP Grant for Defense Research

July 5, 2012

Two faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, associate professor Debdeep Jena and research associate professor Thomas Pratt, have each received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants from the Department of Defense for 2012, totaling more than $650,000.