Top 20 Science & Technology Professors in California

Top Science Professors in California

When you think of science or technology, you think California. A researcher from the University of California, Berkeley, won the Nobel Prize in Physics for breakthrough studies on the nature of the universe. A researcher from the University of California, Riverside, won the Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award for discovering unique thermal properties of graphene. A scientist in Fresno found a way to integrate sign language for the deaf into multimedia and computer programs used in the classroom. A young lecturer, who has yet to complete a doctoral degree, challenged and delighted students at UC and received a rare distinction.

Selecting the best science and technology professors is a daunting challenge in a state where genetic research, nanotechnology, and astrophysics discoveries create an international stir. Bright minds don’t automatically become great teachers. But the educators on this list have the power to inspire others as they create discoveries that influence the entire world.

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Alexander Balandin University of California, Riverside

Dr. Balandin, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Founding Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Riverside, has been recognized for his contributions to graphene and nanotechnology research. He received IEEE Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award for 2011 and was honored by election to Fellow of American Physical Society, IEEE, SPIE and Optical Society of America.

Brad Stone San Jose State University

Dr. Stone, a 2008 SJSU Salzburg Fellow, has been recognized for his contributions beyond scholarship. As a radio station volunteer, he was honored as a 7-time National Programmer of the Year and with a Lifetime Achievement Award by JazzWeek Summit.

Bryan Berrett California State University, Fresno

Associate Professor of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Dr. Berrett is credited with the creation of the integrating online learning with tools for deaf students. In 2010, he was one of four faculty members to receive the Sony Multimedia Award for integrating technology into learning.

Clark T.C. Nguyen University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Nguyen’s research into microelectromechanical systems is delivering results that may revolutionize wireless communications. He previously served on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s New Millennium Integrated Product Development Team on Communications.

Craig Moritz University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Moritz, Professor of Integrative Biology, leads students in the research of ecology and evolution. His focus is on rainforest habitats and conservation biology.

Dirk Baron California State University, Bakersfield

Dr. Baron conducts research into environmental geochemistry and groundwater hydrology. He was previously honored with the 2010/2011 CSUB Faculty Research Award.

Elissa Hallem University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Hallem is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. In 2012, she won a MacArthur “genius” grant and received a Searle Scholar Award. In 2011, she earned a Sloan Research Fellowship and was named a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar.

Filipp Ulrich Furche University of California, Irvine

Dr. Furche’s research interests center on theoretical and computational chemistry. The Dirac medal is awarded each year to a professor under the age of 40 in recognition of work in theoretical and computational chemistry

Jason Cong University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Cong is a three-time winner of the IBM honor that recognizes a researcher’s contributions to the computer industry. He is the director of the center for domain-specific computing, and a co-director of UCLA/Peking University Joint Research Institute in Science and Engineering.

John A. Johnson California Institute of Technology

In receiving the Richard P. Feynman Prize, Dr. Johnson was recognized for his dedication, passion, and innovation in teaching as well as his ability to inspire his students. His research focus is on detection and characterization of exoplanets. He also received 2012 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize from the the American Astronomical Society.

Judea Pearl University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Pearl was honored for his pioneering work in artificial intelligence. Offshoots of his research range from identify theft prevention systems to deep search methodology and speech recognition technology.

Louis Bouchard University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Bouchard leads teams in ongoing research of physical chemistry and biomedical engineering. His work is pegged toward improved medical research and systems.

Mehran Sahami Stanford University

Dr. Sahami serves Stanford as Associate Chair for Education and Director of Educational Affairs, Computer Science. Before joining the faculty in 2007, he served the private sector as a senior manager of engineering.

Mohamed El-Ansary California State University, Bakersfield

Dr. El-Ansary, Professor of Mathematics, has excelled in science scholarship for more than 40 years. He completed his PhD from Michigan State University in 1983.

Paul Asimow California Institute of Technology

Dr. Asimow, Caltech Professor of Geology and Geochemistry, was recognized for “exceptional energy, originality, and ability to explain complicated concepts effectively.” His research focuses on melting and crystallization processes in the deep Earth. He joined the Caltech faculty in 1999.

Peter Raimondi University of California, Santa Cruz

Professor and chair of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Raimondi was honored form combined excellence in the classroom and in the research lab. He has lead long-term studies in coastal marine ecosystems in California.

Rob Negrini California State University, Bakersfield

Dr. Negrini turned down offers from the U.S. Geological Survey to take his faculty job in California’s Central Valley, a place he always wanted to explore. He completed his graduate work at UC Davis.

Saul Perlmutter University of California, Berkeley

Topping the list is Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Perlmutter. He led the Supernova Cosmology Project at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that discovered how the acceleration of receding galaxies proves the increasing speed by which the universe is expanding.

Terry Johnson University of California, Berkeley

Lecturer Johnson joined the Berkeley faculty in 2001. He is only one of the few of the university’s 1,500 instructors to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Thorsten Ritz University of California, Irvine

Dr. Ritz, a biophysicist and assistant professor, conducts research into photosynthesis and biochemical reactions. His studies include the effects of geomagnetic fields on flora and fauna.