Dr. Nasser Karam
PhDMaterials Science and Engineering, 1985
Dr. Nasser H. Karam recently retired as Boeing Spectrolab’s Chief Technology Officer and currently serves as a consultant. He served as Vice President of Advanced Technology Products with responsibility for Boeing – Spectrolab’s Research and Development for nearly 20 years. He has more than 25 years of experience in materials research, Photovoltaics, sensors and Optoelectronic devices. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1985. He and his team are world recognized for developing of advanced multijunction solar cells for Space satellites and Terrestrial concentrators, and advanced sensors for imaging and ranging and other Optoelectronic devices. In Space energy generation, Dr. Karam and his team are responsible for developing four generations of Space solar cells taking cell efficiency from 19% in 1997 to over 35% today. He was inducted in the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2004 for development of Multijunction Space solar cells. This cell technology has become the industry standard for all space satellites. Dr. Karam and his team have been recognized in the field of Terrestrial energy generation. For the last two decades, his team has developed, demonstrated and held most world records for high efficiency concentrating multijunction PV solar cells under concentration. Dr. Karam is a five-time recipient of the Hughes and Boeing Technical Excellence awards, two “R&D 100” and “Scientific American 50” awards, and a winner of the Hughes Electronics Chairman’s Honors Award. Dr. Karam has over two hundred publications, two book chapters, and holds twenty patents.