Hongping Zhao '11 received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Today, she is an associate professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University, following six years as an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University. Zhao joined OSU’s electrical and computer engineering department as a tenured faculty member in August 2017. Her research currently focuses on semiconductor materials science as well as making LED lights more efficient and less expensive.

In her four years at Lehigh, Zhao published more than 20 scholarly journal articles and 40 conference papers — a very impressive level of output for a researcher in the formative stages of their career. She received many awards and honors during her academic career at Lehigh and in her home country of China. At Case Western, her research interests included applied physics of semiconductor optoelectronics materials and devices, physics of semiconductor nanostructures, and semiconductors for light emitting diodes, lasers and energy applications; with an emphasis on III-Nitride semiconductors. 

While at Lehigh, Zhao worked with advisor Nelson Tansu, the Daniel E. '39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor and the director for the Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics (CPN). Her research focused on improving the nanostructure of semiconductors used in solid-state lighting. In the Tansu Group lab, Hongping explored the growth of semiconductor materials, and the modeling, design and fabrication of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) with nanostructures that are engineered to generate visible light more efficiently than traditional means. LEDs consume less energy and last longer than incandescent light bulbs, and they have the potential to exceed the efficiency and reliability of fluorescent lighting as well. Her work could have a far-reaching impact. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that high-efficiency LED solid-state lighting could cut the nation's total electricity consumption by more than 15 percent.

Zhao, who is from Suzhou, China, received a master of science in electrical engineering from Southeast University (Nanjing, China) and a bachelor of science in physics from Nanjing Normal University (Nanjing, China).

Birthplace: 
Suzhou, China
Degree: 
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
Graduation: 
2011
Notable Achievement: 
Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Ohio State University