In less than six months on the job at Alta Devices, Yanshu Li
(BA '11 Math, BS '11, MS '14, PhD '16 Electrical Engineering)
helped the solar power technology company break a world record.
Li was the project owner of the research type GaInP/ GaAs
dual-junction solar cell, in which he developed a new fabrication
process and prototype design that reduced contact resistance and
increased thermal endurance. His new designs and methods helped his
employer break the world record for efficiency on GaInP/GaAs
dual-junction solar cells.
At UB, Li was the Moog Fellowship recipient from 2011 to 2013.
His PhD research topic was nanotechnology in GaAs solar cells, and
his advisor was SUNY Distinguished Professor Vladimir Mitin.
“I gained a great deal of technical experience through my
work at UB’s state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities, which
prepared me well for my position as an R&D engineer at
Alta,” said Li. “The professors in the electrical
engineering department were very accessible and gave me a lot of
Li had a little additional help getting his job at Alta Devices.
While attending the school’s 2015 Order of the Engineer
ceremony, Li met Richard Chang (MS '79 Nuclear Engineering), CEO of
Zing Semiconductor Corp. and UB’s Distinguished International
Alumni Award recipient in 2013. The two men hit it off and Chang
wrote a letter of recommendation for Li. Li started at Alta Devices
just a few months later—and he is off to a great career!