Andenet Alemu, a native of Ethiopia, was the winner of a First Place Award and Beneficiary of a French Government Higher Education Excellence Scholarship Grant upon completion of his high school studies at Lycee Guebre-Mariam, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Alemu obtained a Ph.D. degree in semiconductor physics on the “Optical properties of gallium nitride grown on the A-plane of sapphire,” with honors, from the University of Montpellier II, France in July 1999. Since he joined the University of Houston’s SVEC (now CAM) in 1999, a NASA commercial space center (now a NASA partnership center), Dr. Alemu has been involved in photovoltaic Research and Development. His research focuses on the investigation of novel solar cell device architectures, the detailed investigation of thermionic and resonant tunneling assisted escape in quantum well solar cells, and various semiconductor heterostructures and their band structures including their transport and photovoltaic properties. Dr. Alemu is Coinventor of Boron Nitride Antireflection Coatings and Methods. He also has several pending US patent applications and has authored over 50 peer reviewed manuscripts: more than 20 in peer-reviewed journals and 37 in conference proceedings and presented and coauthored 54 conference presentations. Dr. Alemu is a Consultant for the photovoltaic industry.
Biography Updated on 28 August 2011