Jeff Y Tsao

Selected papers, presentations, etc.

Jeffrey Tsao portrait

Jeff Tsao is currently a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, and Sandia’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences Materials Sciences and Engineering (BES-MSE) Program Lead.

He has a BS in math and MS in EE from Stanford; and a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard where his advisors were Nico Bloembergen, Eli Yablonovitch and Itamar Burak.

From 1981 to 1991, he was research staff, first at MIT-Lincoln Laboratory where he studied laser microchemistry, then at Sandia where he studied semiconductor epitaxy.

From 1991 to 2001, he managed various semiconductor materials research departments at Sandia, then, while on entrepreneurial leave, was VP of R&D at E2O Communications, a pre-IPO fiber communications company. He also took a sabbatical during this period at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore, where he developed and gave a comprehensive series of twelve lectures on compound semiconductor epitaxy.

In 2001, he returned to Sandia, and, from 2001 through 2013 he played a “community organizer” role: spearheading white papers, reports and programs which helped set larger national and global research directions, including in solid-state lighting.

In 2013, Jeff began to explore the “science of science” – how to understand and nurture research itself as a complex adaptive (and learning) system. In 2019, Jeff began to serve as lead for Sandia’s programs with the Office of Basic Energy Science, Division of Materials Science and Engineering (BES-MSE).

9-page C.V. (January 2022)