Shouleh Nikzad

  • 1982 BS EE, University of Southern California
  • 1984 MS EE, Caltech
  • 1990 Ph.D. Applied Physics, Caltech (Thesis advisor: Prof. T.A. Tombrello)

Research Interests: 

Research interests include visible, UV and low-energy particle detectors, focal plane arrays and their applications; III-nitride materials, III-N photocathodes, and III-N UV arrays, Curved Focal Plane Arrays, advanced epitaxial techniques and applications; bandstructure and interface engineering using epitaxial techniques; kinetics of growth; nanostructures fabrication and device applications, biomedical applications.

Professional Experience: 
  • Senior Research Scientist, JPL, 2012
  • Principal Member of Engineering Staff, JPL, 2006
  • Technical Group Supervisor 2004
  • Senior Member of Technical Staff, 1997
  • Group Leader, JPL, 1995
  • Member of the technical staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1992
  • Post-doctoral fellow, Caltech, 1990-92
  • Resident Laboratory Grad fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, 1988-90
  • Electronics engineer, Kratos Avionics, 1984-85)
  • Electro-optics engineer, Pacific Infrared, 1982-84

Selected Awards: 
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2012
  • SPIE, selected by SPIE Women in Optics and featured as a role model, 2012
  • IEEE, selected by IEEE Women in Eng., featured as a Pioneer Elect. Engineer & role model, 2011
  • Space Act Award, Hybrid Advanced Particle Detector, 2002
  • Lew Allen Award of Excellence, Fundamentals of Low Energy Particle Detectors, 1997

Selected Publications: 


  1. “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).
  2. “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).
  3. “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.
  4. “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).


  1. “Hybrid Advanced Detector”, T. Cunningham, E. Fossum, S. Nikzad, and G. Soli, US patent #6107619.
  2. “Piezoelectrically Enhanced Photocathode,” S. Nikzad, R. Beach, R. Strittmatter, D. Bell, # 7,592,747.
  3. “Solid-State Curved Focal Plane Array”, M.E. Hoenk, S. Nikzad, &T.J. Jones, US Patent # 7,786,421
  4. “Low-Voltage, Safe, Low-Light-Level Imager and Detector”, Shouleh Nikzad, Chris Martin, Michael Hoenk, patent pending.
Shouleh Nikzad
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