Ian Ferguson has been a vital member of the materials research community for the past 30 years. He is currently the Dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University. He has had
leadership positions in both academia (Imperial College, Northwestern University, Georgia Tech, UNC Charlotte, Missouri S&T, etc.) and industry (GEC, EMCORE, etc.). As an academic, he brings a unique interdisciplinary perspective to any
endeavor as he has been faculty in ECE, Economics, MSE, Nanotechnology and Physics departments. As an international educator and researcher, Ferguson, still has active collaborations in the US, Europe, and Asia; developing GaN- and ZnO-based
compound semiconductor materials and devices for applications in the areas of sensors, illumination, solar power, and spintronics. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA), the Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineering, the Institute of Physics, and the International Society for Optical Engineering.
Ferguson has a long and deep relationship with the MRS which began in 1991. Since that time, he has actively attended MRS meetings, publishing 73 papers in the MRS Online Proceedings since 1996, and giving many oral or poster presentations.
These include invited talks such as the “L’Entrepreneur’s Entrée” at the Technical Innovation Forum IX. He has also attended many other MRS sponsored topical conferences, publishing papers associated with these
meetings. Ferguson has had the privilege of co-organizing several MRS symposia, such as the “Infrared Applications of Semiconductors III” in 1999 and the “Engaged Learning of Materials Science & Engineering in the 21st
Century” in 2015. More recently, he has been active in serving the broader MRS community on the New Publications Products Subcommittee (NPPS), the Electronic Media Group and attending numerous MRS Congressional Visit Days on behalf of
Ferguson’s impact in the scientific community extends far beyond the traditional academic role, with many other key contributions. While in industry, as the Director of Research at EMCORE, he was responsible for the development of III-Nitride
growth technology through various small business grants. He was a co-inventor on one of the earlier patents in LED lighting, US Patent 6,404,125 (cited >120 times). He founded the ‘International Conference on Solid-State Lighting’
that was hosted by SPIE (2000-2017). He is the co-founder of the ‘International Conference on White LEDs and Solid-State Lighting’ (2007-2014) and, most recently, the co-chair for the ‘OSA Light, Energy and the Environment
Congress on Solid-State Lighting’ (2017 and 2018). He has been actively involved in the entrepreneurial process of establishing new companies and has co-founded a business incubator; PiES, the Project for innovation, Energy and Sustainability.
Ecowatch, an environmental news site, named PiES as a top five green incubator in the US that is ‘Shaping the Future of Green Business.’
Ferguson has been elected a member of the board for numerous organizations, and so he brings extensive experience of corporate governance and strategic planning to any team. In addition, he founded, developed and chaired boards for various for-profit
and non-profit entities throughout his career.