Dr. Shouleh Nikzad

  • 1982 BS EE, University of Southern California
  • 1984 MS EE, Caltech
  • 1990 Ph.D. Applied Physics, Caltech

Research Interests: 

Ultraviolet and low-energy particle detectors, focal plane arrays and their applications; ultraviolet spectrometers and UV cameras, biomedical applications, III-nitride materials, III-N photocathodes, and III-N UV arrays, Curved Focal Plane Arrays, back illumination approaches for novel device applications, advanced epitaxial techniques and applications; band structure/interface engineering using epitaxial techniques; kinetics of growth; nanostructures fabrication and device (detectors and energy conversion) applications.

Professional Experience: 
  • JPL: Senior Research Scientist (2012-), & Principal Member of Engineering Staff (2006-), Technical Supervisor and Lead, Advanced Detector Arrays, Imaging Systems, & Nanoscience Group (2001-), Senior A Member of Technical Staff (2000), Senior Member of Technical Staff (1998), Technical Group Leader (1996), Member of Technical Staff (1992)
  • Caltech, Post-doctoral fellow, 1990-92
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Lab Grad Fellow, 1988-90
  • Electronics engineer, Kratos Avionics, 1984-85
  • Electro-optics engineer, Pacific Infrared, 1982-84

Selected Awards: 
  • SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award, 2021
  • NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, 2020
  • IEEE Photonics Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2019-2020
  • National Academy of Inventors Fellow, 2017
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2012
  • Fellow, SPIE, 2016
  • OSA and WISTEE Global Women of Light, 2016
  • SPIE, SPIE Women in Optics and featured as a role model, 2012
  • IEEE, selected by IEEE Women in Eng., featured as a Pioneer Electrical Engineer & role model, 2011
  • Pioneer in Medicine—Technology and Leadership, SBMT 2012.
  • Space Act Award, Hybrid Advanced Particle Detector, 2002
  • Lew Allen Award of Excellence, Fundamentals of Low Energy Particle Detectors, 1997

Selected Publications: 
  1. "High-efficiency UV/optical/NIR detectors for large aperture telescopes and UV explorer missions: development of and field observations with delta-doped arrays," S. Nikzad, A. D. Jewell, M.E. Hoenk, T.J. Jones, J. Hennessy, Tim Goodsall, Alexander G. Carver, Charles Shapiro, Samuel R. Cheng, Erika T. Hamden, G. Kyne, D.C. Martin, D. Schiminovich, P. Scowen, K. France, S. McCandliss, R.E. Lupu, J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst.3(3), 036002 (2017), doi: 10.1117/1.JATIS.3.3.036002.
  2. “Single Photon Counting UV Solar-Blind Detectors Using Silicon and III-Nitride Materials,” Nikzad, S.; Hoenk, M. E.; Jewell, A. D.; Hennessy, J. J.; Carver, A. G.; Jones, T. J.; Goodsall, T. M.; Hamden, E. T.; Suvarna, P.; Bulmer, J.; Shahedipour-Sandvik, F.; Charbon, E.; Padmanabhan, P.; Hancock, B.; Bell, L. D. Sensors 2016, 16, 927.
  3. “Delta doped Electron Multiplied CCD with Absolute Quantum Efficiency over 50% in the near to far Ultraviolet Range for Single Photon Counting Applications”, S. Nikzad, M. E. Hoenk, F. Greer, B. Jacquot, S. Monacos, T.J. Jones, J. Blacksberg, E. Hamden, D.Schiminovich, C. Martin, and P. Morrissey, Applied Optics, 51, 365 (2012).
  4. “Simultaneous direct detection of sub keV molecular and atomic ions with a delta-doped CCD at the focal plane of a miniature mass spectrometer”, A.D. Jewell, T.J. Jones, M.P. Sinha, and S. Nikzad, Applied Physics Letters 88 043501 (2006).
  5. “Ultra-low temperature homoepitaxial growth of Sb-doped silicon”, J. Blacksberg, M.E. Hoenk, and S. Nikzad, Journal of Crystal Growth, 285 (4) pp. 473-480, 2005.
  6. “Single-event, keV Proton Detection using a Delta-doped Charge-coupled Device”, S. Nikzad, D. Croley, S.T. Elliott, T. Cunningham, W. Proniewicz, G. Murphy, and T.J. Jones, Applied Physics Letters, 75, 2686 (1999).


Selected Patents:

Seventeen US patents issued with many licensed to industry. Several more pending. Below are a few selected patents.

  1. “Piezoelectrically Enhanced Photocathode,” S. Nikzad, R. Beach, R. Strittmatter, D. Bell, # 7,592,747.
  2. “Solid-State Curved Focal Plane Array”, M.E. Hoenk, S. Nikzad, &T.J. Jones, US Patent # 7,786,421
  3. "Low-Voltage, Safe, Low-Light-Level Imager and Detector”, Shouleh Nikzad, Chris Martin, Michael Hoenk, US Patent # 8,558,234.


Shouleh Nikzad
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818.354.7496