Frank K. Tittel, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and professor of bioengineering at Rice University, has been named co-recipient of the 2018 IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies.
According to the IEEE citation, Tittel is receiving the award for his “pioneering contributions to the quantum cascade laser and optical chemical sensors for environmental sensing.” Tittel has been a pioneer in quantum electronics and laser technology since the discovery of the laser in 1960, with applications ranging from laser spectroscopy to environmental monitoring.
He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Oxford University in 1955, 1959 and 1959, respectively. From 1959 to 1965 he worked as a research scientist at the General Electric Research and Development Center in Schenectady, N.Y., and spent 1965-67 as an associate professor at American University in Cairo, Egypt.
He joined the Rice faculty as an associate professor of ECE in 1967 and was promoted to full professor in 1973 and J.S Abercrombie Professor in 1989. Tittel served as chair of ECE from 1992 to 1995 and as chair of the Rice Quantum Institute from 1996 to 2000.
Tittel’s co-recipient, Jérôme Faist, is professor of physics in the Institute for Quantum Electronics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The award will be formally presented at the 2018 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit and Honors Ceremony on May 11 in San Francisco.