Jasprit Singh

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI

Jasprit Singh is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, working in the area of optical and electronic properties of semiconductors and their heterostructures.  Heearned his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the University of Chicago and wrote his thesis on the electronic properties of disordered semiconductors.  He spent the next three years at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as a Post Doctoral Fellow, working on developing an understanding of crystal growth by molecular beam epitaxy and continuing his work on the effect of disorder on localization of electronic states. In 1983, he joined Wright-Patterson Air Force Laboratories, where he examined the influence of interfaces on optical effects. He joined the University of Michigan in 1985. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo (1991-92) and UC Santa Barbara (1999-2000). Professor Singh has published over 300 papers and 10 textbooks.

In addition to his work on science and technology, Jasprit Singh has deep interest in the use of yoga to enhance personal and social well being. He has founded the RussaYog® style of yoga and runs several studios and training centers in USA. He teaches courses on Mindful Wellness integrating yoga and modern research based on neuroscience. You can find out more at www.russayog.com.


Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago, 1980
M.Sc., Physics, University of Chicago, 1976
B.Sc., Physics, University of Delhi, India, 1973

Academic Experience

1991-present: Professor, the University of Michigan, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
1987-1991: Associate Professor, The University of Michigan, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
1985-1987: Assistant Professor, The University of Michigan, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
1983-1985: Research Scientist, Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH.
1980-1983: Research Associate, University of Southern California,
Visiting Professor: University of Tokyo (1991-1992), UC Santa Barbara (1999-2000)

Research Interests

  • Optoelectronic properties of Low Dimensional Semiconductor Heterostructures: Transport in Semiconductor Devices
  • Issues in Heteroepitaxy
  • Polar Semiconductors
  • Ferroelectrics Materials
  • Transport and optical properties of non-crystalline materials
  • Energy Conversion Devices

Jasprit started his research in 1976 and since then semiconductor technology has transformed not just technology but culture around the world. He is interested in electronic and optical properties of semiconductors and how these can be used to design devices. Here is a list of some of the semiconductor combinations he has worked on: Si/SiO2; GaAs/AlGaAs; InGaAs/AlGaAs, InGaAs/AlInAs; Si/SiGe; HgCdTe/CdTe; GaN/AlGaN; InGaN/GaN; etc.

Additional interests blend technology and ideas from mindfulness techniques (yoga, meditation, etc.) to explore new designs and practices intended to answer the question, “How can the intersection of best lessons in technology and mindfulness reduce the gap between knowledge and action?” Jasprit founded the RussaYog style of yoga in 2003. His current interests are slowly shifting towards using technology, culture, and mindfulness for “sustainable good life”.

Recent Books Published (Total of 10 books have been published)

Semiconductor Device Physics and Design. Umesh Mishra and Jasprit Singh, Springer Verlag, 2007.

Smart Electronic Materials: Fundamentals and Applications. Cambridge University press, 2005.

Electronic and Optoelectronic Properties of Semiconductor Structures. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

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Selected Publications (Of more than 300)

Yuh-Renn Wu, Yih-Yin Lin, Hung-Hsun Huang, and Jasprit Singh, “Electronic and Optical Properties of InGaN Quantum Dot based Emitters for Solid state lighting”, Journal of Applied Physics, Jan , 2009.

J. W. Chung, X. Zhao, Y.-R. Wu, J. Singh, and T. Palacios “Effect of image charges in the drain delay of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors” , Appl. Phys. Lett., vol 92, P093502, 2008.

Madhusudan Singh, Yuh-Renn Wu and Jasprit Singh,” Velocity

Overshoot Effects and Scaling Issues in III-V Nitrides, IEEE Trans. Electron Dev, 52, 3, pp 311-316, 2005.

Madhusudan Singh, Yuh-Renn Wu and Jasprit Singh. Examination of LiNbO3 / nitride heterostructures, Solid-State Electron., 47, 12, 2003, pp 2155-2159.