Forrest elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Forrest elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Professor Stephen Forrest is one of three U-M faculty members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2018 class includes President Barack Obama, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Tom Hanks, and Netflix CEO W. Reed Hastings.

MSE congratulates Professor Stephen Forrest - one of three University of Michigan faculty members who have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for their significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields. Forrest, Roger Cone (life sciences) and Christian Davenport (political science) are among 213 fellows and 36 foreign honorary members identified this year as "exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators."

The 2018 class also includes President Barack Obama, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actor Tom Hanks and Netflix CEO W. Reed Hastings Jr.

"Membership in the academy is not only an honor, but also an opportunity and a responsibility," said Jonathan Fanton, president of the American Academy. "Members can be inspired and engaged by connecting with one another and through academy projects dedicated to the common good. The intellect, creativity, and commitment of the 2018 class will enrich the work of the academy and the world in which we live."

Formerly the U-M vice president for research, Forrest directs the Optoelectronic Components and Materials Laboratory, which investigates an enormous variety of phenomena and devices related to electronic materials and optics. Their work is on the optical properties of semiconductor materials for photonic devices, displays, lighting and solar cell applications.

Forrest has won numerous awards, authored more than 550 papers in refereed journals and has 267 patents. He is co-founder or founding participant in several companies, including Sensors Unlimited and Universal Display Corp.

"This is quite an unexpected honor. But I have always surrounded myself with wonderful students and colleagues. They definitely deserve recognition for their many contributions to my success," said Forrest.

Founded in 1780, AAAS is one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world.

The new class will be inducted in October in Cambridge, Mass.