Peter Delfyett, University Trustee Chair

Optics and Photonics

Peter Delfyett

Peter Delfyett, a professor of Optics, Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his research team are working to increase the speed at which data can be transmitted through semiconductor chips like the ones found in computers. Improving that speed would help computers download information from the Internet much faster and make computer networks faster.

Delfyett holds the University Trustee Chair at UCF’s College of Optics and Photonics. He also serves as president of the National Society of Black Physicists, which promotes the professional development of African-American physicists within the international science community and in society.

Delfyett, who is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, has taught at UCF for more than 15 years. In 2001, he won the Pegasus Professor Award, the highest honor the university gives to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, research and service.

Delfyett visits UCF’s Burnett Honors College and area middle and high schools occasionally to encourage students to pursue careers in science and engineering. He is a member of the Orlando Science Center’s advisory board.

After receiving his doctorate in 1988 from the City University of New York, Delfyett joined the technical staff at Bell Communication Research, where he concentrated his efforts on generating ultrafast high-power optical pulses from semiconductor diode lasers.

Delfyett serves as editor in chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics and associate editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. He has published more than 400 articles and been awarded 22 U.S. patents.