Professor Emeritus, Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering
Don Shaw is an emeritus professor of materials science and electrical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science. His research areas have included:
- Crystal growth and dissolution
- The kinetics of vapor phase epitaxial growth
- Materials for solid-state microwave devices
- Preparation and properties of gallium arsenide
Dr. Shaw joined UT Dallas after retiring from Texas Instruments, where he was a TI Principal Fellow and director of the company’s Materials Science Laboratory.
He joined Texas Instruments in 1965, shortly after receiving his Ph.D. in physical chemistry. In 1979 he was promoted to director of TI’s Materials Science Laboratory. Ten years later he was named founding director of the Tsukuba Research and Development Center, the company's first overseas R&D center. He spent three years in Japan before completing this assignment and returning to the U.S. to resume responsibility for the Materials Science Laboratory.
In 1993 he became only the fourth person in TI’s history to be promoted to its highest technical position, TI Principal Fellow.
Dr. Shaw is an associate editor of the Journal of Crystal Growth and a principal editor of the Journal of Materials Research. He has received the Electrochemical Society's Electronics Division Award; the Wilfred T. Doherty Award and the Salute to Excellence Award given by the DFW Section of the American Chemical Society; MIT's Harry C. Gatos Prize; the International Gallium Arsenide Symposium Award; and the Heinrich Welker Gold Medal.
Dr. Shaw was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988.