Choquette: Bliss Professor of Engineering

Abel Bliss Professorship in Engineering

The Abel Bliss Professor in Engineering was established through an estate gift from Helen E. Bliss in memory of her father, Abel Bliss.

Ms. Bliss graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1911 with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Early in her career, she taught engineering at a high school in Shreveport, Louisiana. She later moved to Washington, D.C., where she served as a clerical worker with the Bureau of Aircraft Production and then as an executive secretary at the law firm of Ivins, Phillips & Barker until her retirement in 1962.

Abel Bliss Jr. entered the university in 1872 to study civil engineering, but unforeseeable circumstances pressed him to leave before completing his degree. In June 1875, the university granted him a partial certificate in civil engineering. His business ventures included agriculture and real estate, and by 1929, he was a partner in the land development and oil production company of Bliss & Wetherbee.

Faculty: Kent D. Choquette

Kent D. Choquette
Kent D. Choquette

Kent D. Choquette was born in Franklin, Nebraska, and he grew up in Longmont, Colorado. He received B.S. degrees in Engineering Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado–Boulder and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

From 1990 to 1992, he held a postdoctoral appointment at AT&T Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, New Jersey. He then joined Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and from 1993 to 2000, he was a principal member of technical staff. He came to Illinois in 2000, and is a faculty member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His Photonic Device Research Group conducts research spanning the design, fabrication, characterization, and applications of vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), photonic crystal light sources, nanofabrication technologies, and hybrid integration techniques for photonic devices.

Professor Choquette has authored more than 200 technical publications and three book chapters, and he has presented numerous invited talks and tutorials. He has been an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, IEEE Photonic Technology Letters, and J. Lightwave Technology, as well as a guest editor of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. He was elected to the Board of Governors and is serving as vice president for conferences for the IEEE Photonics Society. From 2000 to 2002, he was an IEEE/Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Distinguished Lecturer, and he was awarded the IEEE/LEOS Engineering Achievement Award in 2008. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Optical Society of America, and SPIE.