Paul K. Yu, Provost
Paul Yu joined the UCSD faculty in 1983 and is the William S.C. Chang Endowed Chair Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. In 2009, he was appointed to the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives at the University of California, San Diego.
Provost Yu's research emphasizes electronic and opto-electronic devices such as optical modulators and photodiodes, microwave high pulsed power switches, and advanced semiconductor materials. He serves as the President of IEEE Electron Devices Society in 2012-13. He is Fellow of IEEE, AAAS, OSA and SPIE. He published more than 150 papers in the area of photonics/electronics. He was granted 6 U.S. patents for his inventions. He received a Ph.D. from Caltech in 1983.
Microwave photonics, research on electronic and opto-electronic devices and advanced semiconductor materials for high speed and analog applications; high bandgap power electronics, nanostructure for solar cells and electrooptics. Provost Yu is most recognized in the technical community for his contributions to the advancement of the analog fiber links and high power devices. He has made many key contributions in many areas in optoelectronic device research leading to advances in optical communications, radar sensing, and microwave and millimeter wave generation. His research team at UCSD held the world record in the performance of the semiconductor InP based, electroabsorption waveguide modulators and waveguide detectors for high linear dynamic range and low noise figure analog fiber systems. He has advanced the frontiers of high data rate optoelectronic transceiver systems by developing traveling wave electroabsorption modulators with the capability of linear response and low drive power.
- Ph.D., Applied Physics – 1979-1983, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA
- M.S., Applied Physics – 1979, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA
- B.S., Physics – 1975-1979, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA
What is a Provost?
- Academic and Administrative head of the College.
- Tenured member of the faculty.
- Initiates changes in Revelle curriculum and in graduation requirements.
- Evaluates faculty for promotion based on their contribution to undergraduate instruction.
- Has overall responsibility for providing students with the services of the Revelle Academic Advising Office, the Revelle Dean of Student Affairs Office, the Humanities and Special Programs Office, the Residence Life staff, and many centralized services.
- Has overall responsibility for the goals, operation, programs, and atmosphere of the college community.