John Bardeen Fellowship in ECE

Established 2000


The John Bardeen Fellowship in Electrical and Computer Engineering was set up to honor the memory of Professor John Bardeen. Professor Bardeen had a unique influence on the technical and scientific life of our time. He, with Walter Brattain, identified minority carrier injection in semiconductors and invented the transistor, which won them the Nobel Prize in physics in 1956. This event started a revolution in electronics and computer technology that is unparalleled and that continues to grow.  No other invention of our time has had such a profound effect on society. John Bardeen had an equally profound influence on contemporary physics with the creation of the BCS theory of superconductivity, and its far-reaching influence on superconductivity itself and on various related problems. For this discovery he was the co-recipient of a second Nobel Prize in physics in 1972.


The awardees are selected using the following criteria:

  • The recipient must be an incoming graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Preference shall be given to a student that received his/her undergraduate degree from Illinois.
  • The fellowship must be given to a student who will be doing research in an area of semiconductors or superconductors.
  • Applicants must not be graduating before May of the next calendar year.


Nominations will be requested from the faculty during the Fall semester. Faculty nominations for a student must consist of a letter of recommendation from the faculty member or intended research adviser and the nominee’s vita.  These can be emailed to Pascal Youakim ( during the application period.

Selection Process

The ECE Fellowship committee will make the selection based on the applications submitted by the deadline.

Past Recipients of the Award

School Year Recipient
2022-2023 Joshua Akin, Xizheng Fang
2020-2021 Shudong Huang
2018-2019 Riley Vesto
2016-2018 Adam Auten
2015-2016 Siddhanth Munukutla, Yi Song
2014-2015 Junyi Qiu
2013-2014 Curtis Wang, Dabin Zhang
2012-2013 Seung Hyun Kim, Jerry Zhou
2011-2012 Not given
2010-2011 Not awarded
2009-2010 Not awarded
2008-2009 Rohan Bambery, Vincent Dorgan
2007-2008 Justin Koepke
2006-2007 William Snodgrass
2005-2006 Not awarded
2004-2005 Antonios Giannopoulos
2003-2004 Not awarded
2002-2003 Valentin Dimitrov
2001-2002 Richard Chan