Daniel  Feezell


Phone: 505.272.7823
Fax: 505.272.7801

Physical Address

Room 112B
Center for High Tech Materials (CHTM)
Building # 338 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC04 2710
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Professor, OSE Chair

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, 2005

MS, Electrical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, 2001

BS, Electrical Engineering, University of California Irvine, 2000


Prior to joining UNM, Daniel Feezell was a Project Scientist in the Solid-State Lighting and Energy Center at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) from 2010-2012. Working in the research group of Prof. Shuji Nakamura, he directed projects on nonpolar and semipolar light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser diodes. A significant accomplishment during this period includes the first demonstration of a nonpolar GaN-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser. From 2008-2010, Dr. Feezell was a Senior Device Scientist and the first employee at Soraa, Inc., where he developed high-performance GaN-based laser diodes and LEDs. For his role in the achievement of the first nonpolar GaN-based edge-emitting laser diodes he received the 30th Annual Japanese Journal of Applied Physics Paper Award. In 2013 he received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award with a Director’s Fellowship Extension in 2015.  He also received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2015. He is the author or co-author of more than 70 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications, and has received several patents.

Teaching Interests

  • Semiconductor lasers and LEDs
  • Semiconductor materials and devices
  • Optoelectronics

Research Interests

  • III-nitride materials and devices
  • Nanoscale epitaxial growth
  • Semiconductor lasers, LEDs, and detectors
  • Power electronics

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