Jonathan Wierer

 Monteith Research Center (MRC) 433
 Campus Box 7911
 Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Wierer's research interests include semiconductor device physics and semiconductor materials science. Specifically, he is interested in researching electronic and optoelectronic devices with wide bandgap semiconductors. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1999 and was advised by Nick Holonyak, Jr. Before joining NC State University, Dr. Wierer worked at Philips-Lumileds, Sandia National Labs, and Lehigh University. At Lumileds Advanced Laboratories, his research focused on novel III-nitride light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This includes the development of the first high-power (1 Watt) flip-chip III-nitride LED and seminal work on III-nitride photonic crystal LEDs.  At Sandia National Laboratories, his interests broadened into other III-nitride research areas, including — solar cells, intersubband devices, layer intermixing, power electronic devices, ultra-violet LEDs, and nanowire LEDs. His most notable work there was proposing laser diodes as an ultra-efficient light source for solid-state lighting. Dr. Wierer has authored or co-authored over 200 journal publications and conference presentations and holds 42 patents, predominantly related to III-nitride devices.  He is a senior editor for the IEEE Photonics Technology Letters journal. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Optica.


  • Ph.D. 1999
    Electrical Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master's 1995
    Electrical Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor's 1994
    Electrical Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Focus

  • Physical Electronics, Photonics & Magnetics
  • III - V Materials and Devices
  • Optical Materials and Photonic Devices
  • Power Semiconductor Devices


  • IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
    Senior Editor

Recent News

Jon Wierer to Join ECE Faculty

Posted on May 21, 2021 | Filed Under: Faculty

ECE is proud to announce the addition of a new member of our faculty to bolster the stellar research and teaching going on in the department—welcome to the Pack!


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