Ben G. Streetman

Ben G. Streetman
Ben G. Streetman
Cooper, TX, USA
Associated organizations
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin
Fields of study
Semiconductors, Education
IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal


Ben G. Streetman was born in 1939 in Cooper, Texas. He received the B.S.E.E. and M.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1961 and 1963, respectively. From 1964-66, he conducted his dissertation research on semiconductor defects at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Graduate Fellow. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1966.

Upon receipt of his doctorate in 1966, Dr. Streetman joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was appointed Associate Professor and then Research Professor of the Coordinated Science Laboratory (1970 and 1974, respectively) and remained there until 1982 when he returned to the University of Texas at Austin as a result of the University's decision to make major commitments to microelectronics.

Dr. Streetman was Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Microelectronics Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Earnest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering. Dr. Streetman's teaching and research interests include semiconductor materials and devices, radiation damage and ion implantation, molecular beam epitaxy, transient annealing, deep level impurities and defects in semiconductors, and multilayer heterostructures.

Dr. Streetman has published more than 170 technical articles and is the author of the textbook Solid State Electronic Devices (Prentice-Hall, 1972 and 1980), which has revolutionized the way electronics is taught in schools around the world. This text, which has appeared in 16 printings of two editions, has also been translated into Polish for use in Eastern Europe and appears in an international paperback edition. His ability to inspire graduate students is evidenced by the fact that 22 students of Electrical Engineering and Physics have received their Ph.D. degrees under his direction.

Dr. Streetman was the recipient of the Frederick Emmons Terman Award (1981) and the AT&T Foundation Award (1987) of the American Society for Engineering Education. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE (1980) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1987). His professional society service includes: the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Electron Devices Society; the IEEE Device Research Conference Program Committee (1975-82), including Program and Conference Chairman (1981 and 1982, respectively). He serves on the Executive Committee of the Electronics Division, Electrochemical Society and is a Divisional Editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. He served on a number of other panels and committees in industry and government.