Member of United States National Academy of Engineering;
Distinguished Professor of University of California, Santa Barbara;
Chairman & CTO of Transphorm

Prof. Umesh K. Mishra is a Distinguished Professor of the University of California and the Donald W. Whittier Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. He received his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur India, his M.S from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA., and his Ph.D. in 1984 from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He joined the faculty of the ECE Department at UC Santa Barbara in 1990 and has since supervised 60 Ph.D theses with more than 35 of them in Gallium Nitride. He has over 800 papers with an index of 79 and was included in the Thomson Reuters 2014 list of Most Cited Researchers. He co-founded the first start-up in the world to commercialize RF GaN transistors and LEDs in 1996 (Nitres) which was acquired by CREE in 2000. He co-founded Transphorm in 2007 to commercialize GaN-on-Si transistors for power conversion where he serves as Chairman and CTO. He has received numerous awards including the IEEE David Sarnoff Award, the ISCS Welker Medal and the ISCS Quantum Device Award for his contributions to the development of GaN electronics. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors, International Fellow of the Japanese Society of Applied Physics and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.