ECE Department Receives Grad Student Support from II-VI Foundation

June 17, 2011

For the second year in a row, Michigan State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received $100,000 through the II-VI Foundation’s Block-Gift Program for Graduate Student Support for Professor Fang Peng’s project "High Temperature Power Converters for Applications in Harsh Environments.”

The mission of the II-VI Foundation is to "encourage and enable students to pursue a career in engineering, science, and mathematics."

“This gift has provided us the maximum flexibility and freedom to explore new ideas and push new frontiers in power electronics research,” Peng says. “We have used the gift for graduate students to travel to IEEE conferences to present their research results and findings. It complements our power electronics research program with other industry-sponsored R&D projects that have specific deliverables and specifications.”

Carl Johnson, chairman of II-VI Inc. and co-founder of the II-VI Foundation, was on site May 12, 2011, for an official signing ceremony at MSU’s College of Engineering.

II-VI (pronounced "two-six"), the company Johnson founded in 1971, refers to groups II and VI of the periodic table of the elements, the two groups of elements serving as the basis for many of the components and materials made by the company. II-VI Inc. develops and manufactures optical and optoelectronic devices used in laser and sensor systems, with applications in industry, medicine, aerospace, and the military.

Top photo. Left to right, seated: Stephen Bates, senior director of development and alumni relations, MSU College of Engineering; Katherine Cook, assistant director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Contract & Grant Administration; Carl Johnson, chairman of II-VI Inc. and co-founder of the II-VI Foundation; and Satish Udpa, dean of MSU’s College of Engineering. Left to right, standing: Matthew Gebben, graduate student; Wei Qian, graduate student; Fang Peng, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Jorge Cintron-Rivera, graduate student.

Bottom photo. During his visit on May 12, Carl Johnson (left) presented Dean Satish Udpa with a pen that features a miniature pull-out periodic table of the elements.