Kei May Lau is the Fang Professor of Engineering at HKUST. She received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from UMinn/Minneapolis, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University. She was on the ECE faculty at the UMass/Amherst and initiated MOCVD, compound semiconductor material and device programs. Since the fall of 2000, she has been with the ECE Department at HKUST. Prof. Lau is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, IEEE and OSA, a recipient of the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2008), the IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award (2017), and OSA’s Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award (2020).
Lau’s work is focused on the development of monolithic telecommunication-band diode lasers directly grown on (001) silicon substrates. Lau combines innovation in MOCVD-based growth of hetero-structure materials with insights into both device physics and fabrication to improved device performance, to effective multi-device integration. The benefits of integrating high-performance III-V based devices onto a silicon substrate strongly leverages the enormous capabilities and infrastructure of the Si CMOS industry, extending them to photonic and electronic integrated devices/circuits at high frequencies.