April S. Brown

April S. Brown

John Cocke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt , Jr. School of Engineering

Dr. April Brown recieved her B.S.E.E. from North Carolina State University in 1981, her M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1984 and 1985, respectively. She worked at the Hughes Research Laboratories (now HRL LLC) in Malibu, Ca. from 1986-1993, and spent one year at the Army Research Office in the Physics Division (1988). She joined the Georgia Insitutute of Technology in 1994 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1999. She was Associate Dean in the College of Engineering from 1999-2001 and Executive Assistant to the President from 2001-2002. In addition, she was named Pettit Professor in Microelectronics in 2001. She joined Duke University as Professor and Chair in July 2002. She is currently Sr. Associate Dean for Research in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke

Appointments and Affiliations

  • John Cocke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt , Jr. School of Engineering
  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 3573 CIEMAS, Box 90291, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5442
  • Email Address: abrown@ee.duke.edu


  • Ph.D. Cornell University, 1985


Nanomaterial manufacturing and characterization
Sensing and Sensor Systems
Nanoscale/microscale computing systems
Integrated Nanoscale Systems

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow. American Physical Society. 2011
  • Fellows. Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 1998
  • Paul Rappaport Award. IEEE Electron Devices Society. 1992

Courses Taught

  • ECE 230L: Introduction to Microelectronic Devices and Circuits
  • ECE 524: Introduction to Solid-State Physics
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Collar, K; Li, J; Jiao, W; Guan, Y; Losurdo, M; Humlicek, J; Brown, AS, Determination of the impact of Bi content on the valence band energy of GaAsBi using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, AIP Advances, vol 7 no. 7 (2017), pp. 075016-075016 [10.1063/1.4986751] [abs].
  • Kong, W; Roberts, AT; Jiao, WY; Fournelle, J; Kim, TH; Losurdo, M; Everitt, HO; Brown, AS, UVB-emitting InAlGaN multiple quantum well synthesized using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, AIP Advances, vol 7 no. 3 (2017), pp. 035109-035109 [10.1063/1.4973637] [abs].
  • Losurdo, M; Suvorova, A; Rubanov, S; Hingerl, K; Brown, AS, Thermally stable coexistence of liquid and solid phases in gallium nanoparticles., Nature Materials, vol 15 no. 9 (2016), pp. 995-1002 [10.1038/nmat4705] [abs].
  • Collar, K; Kim, T-H; Losurdo, M; Brown, AS, The characteristics of MBE-grown In x Al 1−x N/GaN surface states, Applied Physics Letters, vol 109 no. 8 (2016), pp. 082103-082103 [10.1063/1.4961583] [abs].
  • Li, J; Collar, K; Jiao, W; Kong, W; Kuech, TF; Babcock, SE; Brown, A, Impact of vicinal GaAs(001) substrates on Bi incorporation and photoluminescence in molecular beam epitaxy-grown GaAs 1−x Bi x, Applied Physics Letters, vol 108 no. 23 (2016), pp. 232102-232102 [10.1063/1.4953408] [abs].