LEDs Magazine 40 Under 40 Profile: Isaac Wildeson

July 24, 2020
Isaac Wildeson has risen from senior development engineer to director in nine years, driving his team at Lumileds to new levels of LED efficiency.

Dr. Isaac Wildeson, PhD, is senior director of epitaxy technology research and development at Lumileds, where he leads epitaxy process development, hardware development, characterization, and applications teams. Since beginning his post-graduate career at Lumileds, Wildeson has risen from senior development engineer to director in nine years. His management acumen and mentorship have driven the building of a skilled team of engineers.

Wildeson’s nomination is substantiated by the numbers, which is fitting due to his dual degrees in physics and applied mathematics. According to the submission, teams under his leadership have achieved greater than 35% relative improvement in the external quantum efficiency of high-power blue LEDs, and greater than 60% relative improvement in green LEDs.

His present role includes developing and executing external collaborations with companies, universities, and national laboratories on technology evaluations and joint development work, and he has participated in several successful government-sponsored research programs including a role as a principal investigator.

Wildeson has served on various roundtables and as a panelist for the DOE, and has delivered invited talks as well as chaired sessions at major research conferences. He earned a master’s of science and PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University as an NDSEG Fellow, and the aforementioned BS degrees from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude).

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Carrie Meadows has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing and media industry. She worked with the PennWell Technology Group for more than 17 years, having been part of the editorial staff at Solid State Technology, Microlithography World, Lightwave, Portable Design, CleanRooms, Laser Focus World, and Vision Systems Design before the group was acquired by current parent company Endeavor Business Media.

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Maury Wright is an electronics engineer turned technology journalist, who has focused specifically on the LED & Lighting industry for the past decade. Wright first wrote for LEDs Magazine as a contractor in 2010, and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. He has broad experience in technology areas ranging from microprocessors to digital media to wireless networks that he gained over 30 years in the trade press. Wright has experience running global editorial operations, such as during his tenure as worldwide editorial director of EDN Magazine, and has been instrumental in launching publication websites going back to the earliest days of the Internet. Wright has won numerous industry awards, including multiple ASBPE national awards for B2B journalism excellence, and has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University.