The Future of Photonics and Women in Science: Prof. Kei May Lau, Newly Elected US NAE Member in Hong Kong, Shares Insights


The Future of Photonics and Women in Science: Prof. Kei May Lau, Newly Elected US NAE Member in Hong Kong, Shares Insights

Photonics technology continues to drive innovation and has immense cross-disciplinary relevance in today’s scientific landscape. Professor Kei May Lau, a leading figure in photonics research, recently spoke with Light: Science & Applications to share her deep insights on the evolution of technologies like LEDs and lasers, as well as the challenges of hetero-epitaxy. She also discussed the future of micro-LEDs and quantum dot lasers.

Prof. Lau was recently recognized for her significant contributions to photonics and electronics using III-V semiconductors on silicon, being appointed as a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). She is the only scholar from Hong Kong to receive this honor this year, among 114 new and 21 international members.

In the exclusive Light People interview, Prof. Lau delves into her journey as a pioneering woman in engineering, her dedication to mentorship and academia, and her perspective on advancing female representation in science. The summary provided captures the essence of Prof. Lau’s insights shared during the interview, offering a glimpse into her remarkable expertise and passion for the field.

For those interested in a more comprehensive understanding of Prof. Lau’s experiences and advice, the full interview is available in the Supplementary material, providing a deeper exploration of her valuable contributions to the field of photonics.

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