Guyanese scientist named to exclusive academy

By Jasminee Sahoye

From left are Prof. Selberherr of the Technical University of Vienna, was the principal nominator of Prof. Deen, Prof. Feliz Unger, president of EASA and honouree Prof. Jamal Deen of McMaster University.
From left are Prof. Selberherr of the Technical University of Vienna, was the principal nominator of Prof. Deen, Prof. Feliz Unger, president of EASA and honouree Prof. Jamal Deen of McMaster University.

He has received several awards and recognitions for his specialty in the areas of micro- and nano-electronics and optoelectronics, and now Guyanese-born Dr. Jamal Deen has been inducted into the prestigious European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA).

Based in Salzburg, Austria, the academy brings together more than 1,500 scholars, including 29 Nobel Laureates, from around the globe focusing on scientific, social, cultural and ethical issues.

Micro- and nano-electronics and optoelectronics include the study of how devices transmit, detect, store and control electrical and optical signals. Wireless technologies, medical diagnostic systems, electronic cameras and optical fibre communications are examples of systems using nano and optoelectronic devices.

“This award is very special to me. It is the second time I am being honored by a European organization – the first being the Alexander Humboldt Foundation almost a decade ago with the Humboldt Research award that recognized our fundamental and applied research work with significant global impact,” Deen said.

“Now, being honored by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts on its 25th anniversary and becoming part of this prestigious organization is indeed a highlight of my career. Having my peers, who are also at the top of their professions, elect me an academician in EASA is humbling and also a significant recognition of our research and technology development work.

“I am especially interested in EASA’s focus in ‘developing knowledge, disseminating scientific information and implementing major multi-national projects’, which closely parallels part of my vision and work with colleagues, especially in developing countries. I hope that I can make important contributions to EASA’s projects such as Health is wealth and Tolerance,” Deen told The Camera.

Deen, a professor and the Canada Research Chair in Information Technology in the Faculty of Engineering at Hamilton’s McMaster University, is the recipient of the University of the West Indies’ Vice-Chancellor Award.

The week leading up to the UWI award, Deen had a few surprise recognitions. He received the McNaughton Gold Medal in recognition of his pioneering work in semiconductor device modeling and McMaster University honoured him with the Engineering Research Award for exceptional scholarly work, exemplary professionalism and research leadership.

“Prof. Deen is a world leader in micro- and nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. His discoveries that further the fundamentals of the physics of semiconductor devices combine physics-based modeling with clever experiments,” said Ishwar Puri, McMaster’s dean of engineering.

“These contributions have been broadly recognized as being truly extraordinary for their originality and rigour, and their blend of theory with practice. McMaster Engineering and I are proud to count him as an exceptional colleague, educator and scholar.”

“I am truly humbled by this great honour that I will cherish,” Deen said of EASA induction.

“This recognition means a lot to me and especially my family for their unwavering support throughout my career. Also, while I am being honored, this honor also brings special recognition to the exceptional students, researchers and collaborators I have been fortunate to work with throughout my career. They all share with me in this prestigious recognition.”