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


  • IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
    Senior Editor

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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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