Prof. Vandervelde has two B.S. degrees in both Astronomy and Physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.A. and Ph.D in Physics from the University of Virginia. Tom has extensive research experience in optoelectronics and photonics. His research group, The Renewable Energy and Applied Photonics (REAP) Labs, at Tufts University works on developing new optolectronic materials and devices to garner a better understanding of how light and matter interact while creating a better future for us all.
Tom is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Tufts University. His research group is the Renewable Energy and Applied Photonics Laboratories (REAP Labs) at Tufts. He is also the Director of the Tufts Epitaxial Core Facility, which is a user facility dedicated to providing semiconductor epitaxial services to the local, national, and international community for most semiconductor materials systems.
Our modern world is based on semiconductors. In addition to your computer, cellphones and digital cameras, semiconductors are a critical component of a growing number of devices. Think of the high-efficiency LED lights you...