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Dr. Theda Daniels-Race's work has involved a wide range of research in the area of compound semiconductor electronics. From electronic materials growth, using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), to sub-micron device fabrication, to that of her current work in nanostructure characterization via atomic force microscopy (AFM) and fluorescence, Dr. Daniels-Race and students explore nanoscale phenomena for next-generation device development. A Professor of ECE, she is also a faculty member of LSU's Center for Computation and Technology (CCT).

Dr. Daniels-Race received her BS degree from Rice University (1983) during which time she was a National Achievement scholarship recipient. For her MS from Stanford University (1985), she was a GEM Fellow, and during her Ph.D. from Cornell University (1990), she was an AT&T Fellow via the CRFP (Cooperative Research Fellowship Program). All three degrees were in electrical engineering with an emphasis in electro-physics during her Ph.D. studies. Her doctoral research, with Prof. Lester F. Eastman , was on the molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth and characterization of vertical field effect transistors (VFETs) exhibiting ballistic transport phenomena. Throughout her academic training she worked in industrial research venues such as Exxon Research & Engineering Co., General Electric, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. She began her professorial career at Duke University (1989-2003). There she was responsible for the inception and successful development of that university's first MBE laboratory and research program in the area of compound semiconductor (III-V) epitaxial crystal growth. During this time her work involved the investigation of quantum phenomena such as electron-phonon interactions, band crossover effects, and tunneling in GaAs, Alx Ga1-x As, and Inx Al1-x As based microelectronic device structures. She conducted experiments concerning MBE effects upon strained material and low-dimensional systems (LDS) such as quantum dots and wires. In support of this work, she received federal funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy along with grants from other national, state, and local sources.

Having joined LSU as of Fall 2003, Dr. Daniels-Race is in the process of expanding her research activities beyond that of the aforementioned. With the support of resources such as the ECE Department's Electronic Material and Device Laboratory (EMDL), she is currently developing a nanostructure characterization laboratory. Beyond the inorganic traditional LDS studied previously, Dr. Daniels-Race's group at LSU will investigate hybrid (organic/inorganic) materials and devices in the nanoscale regime.