Sanjay Krishna has been appointed as the new director of the UNM Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM).  Krishna is a professor and Regents' Lecturer of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  His research interest is investigation of next generation infrared imagers based on nanoscale quantum dots and superlattices and their application in medicine. Additional information about his research is available on his website.

"I am absolutely delighted that Professor Krishna has accepted the position of director of CHTM," UNM Vice President for Research and Economic Development Mike Dougher said. " His appointment is with the strong and unanimous endorsement of the CHTM faculty and staff. Sanjay is not only an outstanding scientist, he has the organizational, personal and leadership skills to lead this renowned research center to an even brighter future." 

Krishna obtained his B.S. at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Bangalore, India and his M.SC. at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India.  He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Krishna came to UNM in 2001 as a tenure track faculty.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to lead CHTM, which is a world class research center. I am deeply touched by the support demonstrated by the CHTM faculty, staff and students and the vision and commitment of the UNM administration to CHTM, “said Krishna. “I look forward to working with the deans, department chairs and other center directors to grow the center and bring more visibility to UNM. Steve Brueck has been an excellent role model and leader for the center and I hope I can use this strong platform that he built to take CHTM to the next level.”

He replaces Steven R.J. Brueck who has served as the director of CHTM for most of its existence as a center. During Brueck’s tenure researchers working at CHTM have received more than 130 patents, of which 39 percent have been licensed by business with royalty income of more than $9 million. Brueck will remain with CHTM as a Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics and Astronomy.

The CHTM mission is to foster research and education in the fields of optoelectronics, microelectronics and nanotechnology, work closely with the Federal Laboratories including Sandia National Laboratories, Air Force Research Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory and promote economic development in the state of New Mexico.