Alumni Klaas Bergmann and Lisa Onishi awarded industry prizes

November 4, 2019

Klaas Bergmann (Postdoc 1973-1974)

Klaas BergmannProfessor Emeritus Klaas Bergmann has been awarded the 2020 Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics by APS Physics “for the invention of Stimulated Raman Adiabatic Passage (STIRAP) that became universally used for coherent transfer in quantum systems with unprecedented efficiency and robustness."

Professor Bergmann retired from the Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern (TUK) in 2007, but has remained involved ever since. He studied physics at Freiburg (PhD 1972, adviser W. Demtroeder) and did postdoctoral work at Berkeley (1973-1974, with Professor C.B.Moore). He was appointed assistant professor at the TUK in 1975 and professor in 1981, and was a visiting fellow at JILA in 1985 (with Profesor S.R. Leone).

He has coordinated many national and international cooperative research projects, chaired several international conferences, was 2003 - 2008 member of the TUK-Hochschulrat (a governance body) and served as vice-chair and chair of the physics panel in the Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) program of the EU (2008 – 2017).

Since 2017 he has worked as the scientific head of a development project (laser ranging) for TOPTICA-Projects (Graefelfing/Munich). A characteristic feature of his scientific work is the development of laser-based methods allowing novel experiments in collision dynamics and quantum optics. Professor Bergmann is the recipient of many honors for his work. 

Lisa M. Onishi, (Ph.D. '09, ChemE)

Lisa Onishi

Dr. Lisa Onishi, Chemical Engineer, Researcher and Senior Process Engineer at Intel, has been recognized with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for her "dedication, achievements, and leadership as a professional engineer".

Dr. Onishi is a celebrated chemical engineer and researcher who began her career with UTC Fuel Cells. While at UTC Fuel Cells, she developed fuel cells for automotive applications and served as a United Way committee member for the organization.

Dr. Onishi has since found success as a senior process engineer for Intel in Santa Clara since 2010.

Dr. Onishi received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington in 2000. She acquired her Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering at the University of California Berkeley in 2009. Conducting engineering, research, and development over the past two decades, Dr. Onishi has been responsible for resolving a 104-year-old thermodynamic paradox called Schroeder's Paradox. As a result, she has contributed several articles to various professional journals, including the Journal of Physical Chemistry B.