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Joseph W. Lyding Endowed Scholarship

Established 2016

This scholarship was created to honor current ECE faculty Professor Joseph W. Lyding.  Professor Lyding was recruited to Illinois in 1984 by John Bardeen to work on the 1D charge density wave problem. He constructed the first atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscope (STM) in the Midwestern United States and one of the earliest STMs in the US. He followed this by inventing an ultra-stable STM in 1987 that was patented (US Patent 4,841,148) and licensed by the University of Illinois to RHK and McAllister Technical Services. Lyding's design has been copied worldwide and has also been included in major textbooks on surface science.


The recipient(s) will be recognized at the annual spring ECE Awards and Recognition Banquet.


Past Recipients of the Award

Year Recipients
2020-2021 Cyril Jazra
2019-2020 Jiarui Zou
2018-2019 Mengze Sha