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Two School alumni receive Outstanding Achievement Awards

John Bowers and Bradley Peterson
John Bowers and Bradley Peterson

John Bowers, (physics '76) and Bradley Peterson (Physics '74) received the University's highest alumni accolade, the Minnesota Board of Regents' Outstanding Achievement Award.

Bowers is honored for his accomplishments in optoelectronics, including monolithic integration and coupling design for very different semiconductor materials. In his groundbreaking research, he has made important strides in integrating photonics with silicon semiconductor technology in order to add substantial new functionality to today’s computer chips. Bowers is a Professor in the Department of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Peterson is is honored for developing and using the technique of "reverberation mapping" to determine the structure of the inner regions of quasars and their supermassive black holes. Peterson is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State University.