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Dr. Lok C. Lew Yan Voon

Dean, School of Science and Mathematics and Traubert Chair at The Citadel

Professional Preparation

  • University of Cambridge (England). BA (1987), MA (1989)
  • University of British Columbia (Canada). MSc (1989)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA). PhD (1993)
  • Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics (Germany). 1994-5


Dean, School of Science and Mathematics, The Citadel, 2012-
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Wright State University, 2004-12
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Electrical Engineering, WSU, 2008-12
Director, Hong Kong Project Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2003-4
Co-director, IPG Photonics Lab, WPI, 2000-4
Associate Professor, WPI, 2001-4
Assistant Professor, WPI, 1997-2001
Visiting Assistant Professor, WPI, 1995-7

Research Visits

Visiting Professor, University of Southern Denmark, summer 2009, 2010
Balslev Visiting Professor, University of Southern Denmark, fall 2003
Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, Stanford University, winter 2002
Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, summer 2001
Research Associate, Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson AFB, summer 1998

Honors and Awards

Officer (rank Colonel) in South Carolina Militia, since 2012

Traubert Chair, The Citadel, since 2012
Balslev Award, Denmark, 2003
NSF CAREER Award, 2000
Nomination, Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, WPI, 1999-2000
Provost's MQP (Senior Project) Award for Advising (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004)
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, 1994-5
Sigma Xi Doctoral Research Award, 1993
Tate & Lyle Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship, 1984-7

Special Skills

Languages: Chinese (elementary), English, French (fluent), German (intermediate level), Spanish (intermediate level)

Scholarship Record

  • 100 peer-reviewed papers
  • 2150+ citations (h-index=22)
  • Over $2,500,000 funding
  • Books:
    • "The k.p Method'' (Springer Verlag, 2009)
    • "Separable Boundary-Value Problems in Physics'' (Wiley-VCH, 2011)

Other Accomplishments

  • Founding Board of Directors member, Ka'u Learning Academy (2014)
  • Founder, Charleston STEM Festival
  • Co-founder, Silicene Labs LLC
  • Co-discoverer, silicene (paper cited 260+)
  • Editorial Board: ISRN Nanomaterials (2012-3), Open Journal of Acoustics (2011-3), J. College Science Teaching (2000)
  • Guest editor, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 107, No. 1 (2008)
  • Scientific Committee: RADIO conference (Mauritius, 2014, 2012); EMCMRE-1 conference (Morocco, 2011)
  • Organizing Committee, International Conference on Exotic Forms of Silicon (Colorado School of Mines, July 2015)
  • Co-organizer, Physics-based Mathematical Models of Low-Dimensional Semiconductor Nanostructures: Analysis and Computation (Banff International Research Station, Canada, Nov 2007)
  • Session chair, Band structure theory, APS March meeting (Montreal, 2004)

Invited Talks

  • Fourth International Workshop on Silicene (Beijing, June 2014)
  • First International Conference on Silicene (Morocco, July 2010). Keynote speaker
  • Centre Europeen de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire Workshop, Empirical methods in semiconductor nano-structures design and modeling (Dublin, June 2010)
  • Congreso Latinoamericano de Fisica de Superficies y sus Aplicaciones (Santa Marta, Colombia, Dec 2007)
  • Symposium on Advanced Dielectric Materials and Electronic Devices, M S & T '06 (Cincinnati, Oct 2006)
  • Silicon Heterostructures Conference (Barga, Italy, Sept 1997)
  • Seminars: Argonne National Lab, Auburn U., Case Western Reserve U., Clark U., College of Charleston, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Millersville University, National Renewable Energy Lab, National Science Foundation, New Mexico State University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio University, Stanford, ICTP (Trieste), U. British Columbia, U. Connecticut, U. Costa Rica, U. Dayton, U. Florida Gainesville, U. de Los Andes (Colombia), U. del Valle (Colombia), U. North Carolina Charlotte, U. Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras), U. Sheffield (UK), West Virginia U, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Wright-Patterson AFB, Wright State University


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