Dr. P. D. Yoder is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received the B.S.E.E. degree (with Distinction) from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1990. He was a 1990 recipient of the Hertz Foundation Graduate Research Grant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1991 and 1993, respectively. Upon graduation, he accepted a postdoctoral position with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. He subsequently worked as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, and then with its micro-/opto-electronics spin-off, Agere Systems. Dr. Yoder joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in Fall 2003, and was recognized in 2009 with a U. S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship. Dr. Yoder is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and a senior member of the IEEE.
Dr. Yoder's research generates new and deeper understanding of microscopic physical processes and macroscopic phenomena in semiconductor structures and devices, which he and his students apply to the design of new and innovative photonic and electronic devices. Topics of current and recent research within the Computational Electronics and Photonics Group include 1) high-power ultraviolet laser diodes for non-line-of-sight communication and critical sensing applications, 2) coupled electrothermal analysis of AlGaN/GaN field effect transistors for RF switching and power amplification applications, 3) quantum charge transport for nanoelectronic device applications, and 4) quantum cascade lasers for biomolecular spectroscopy and remote sensing and tracking.