Dr. Andrew Steckl, the Carl and Estelle Gieringer Ohio Eminent Scholar in Solid State Electronics, has been elected to the rank of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has been a member of the faculty at UC since 1988, the same year he was elected to the rank of Fellow in IEEE. Dr. Steckl was chosen for this latest honor for distinguished contributions to optoelectronic devices.
"As an electrical engineer who has worked at the interface between engineering (electronics and materials) and science (physics and chemistry), I feel this is both a great honor for me and a critical recognition of the importance of interdisciplinary research by the AAAS,” says Steckl.
A faculty member at UC since 1988, he is a winner of the Rieveschl Award. He specializes in three major areas of research: organic and biopolymeric (DNA) materials for photonic and electronic devices; electrofluidics for novel materials and devices (electrospinning of nanofibers, electrowetting transistors and displays, biochips); and rare-earth light-emitting elements that possess potential for use in devices like flat-panel displays and lasers. For example, his research has focused on using biological materials, specifically salmon DNA, to develop green electronics. A recent breakthrough in his lab could revolutionize display technology with "e-paper on paper" that is fast enough for video yet cheap enough to be disposable.
Together with his students, Steckl has published 400 articles in the scientific literature. His work and research breakthroughs routinely receive international attention in prestigious specialized academic journals as well as consumer news media.
Dr. Steckl’s tenure at UC has been marked by extraordinary success in his research, but he is also an excellent teacher and outstanding mentor, and he has served the University and professional communities in numerous capacities.
AAAS is one of the oldest and most respected scientific professional organizations in the United States; it has named Fellows since 1874. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy; international programs; and science education, among others. The official presentation of the award will be made in Washington at the AAAS Annual Meeting.