Elias Towe was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he was also a Vinton Hayes Fellow. Prior to joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon in 2001, he was, at the same time, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia, and a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Towe is a recipient of several awards and honors. He is currently a professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Towe's group pursues research in basic optical and quantum phenomena in materials for applications in novel photonic devices that enable a new generation of information processing systems for communication, computation, and sensing. The group is also interested in understanding new pathways and fundamental mechanisms for solar energy conversion devices. Current focus is on the use of phenomena (such as three-dimensional quantum-confinement effects in nanometer-scale structures) in the study of novel devices. Examples include quantum-dot infrared detectors and imaging sensors, electrically-pumped photonic crystal micro-cavity lasers with quantum-dot active regions, multi-spectral solar energy conversion devices, plasmonic bio-sensors, and fluorescence bio-sensing devices.
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1987 Ph.D., EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1981 MS, EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1981 BS, EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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