Safa Kasap, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Electronic and Optoelectronic Material and Devices, was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2008. Professor Kasap grew up in London, England, and obtained a BSc (1976, upper second class), MSc (1978) and PhD (1983) from the Imperial College of Science and Technology at the University of London, specializing in optoelectronic materials and devices. In July, 1986, Professor Kasap joined the University of Saskatchewan's Department of Electrical Engineering. During a sabbatical from the U of S (1997), Professor Kasap was a Visiting Research Scientist at the Sunnybrook Hospital, Department of Medical Imaging and Biophysics, University of Toronto where, with Dr. John Rowlands, they were able to show the distinct advantages of a-Se direct conversion x-ray image detectors compared to other digital image detectors. Their work appeared as a feature article in the November 1997 issue of Physics Today; and the Physics Today cover had images from their detector. In 2002, he was named a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) and his term was renewed in 2009.
Safa Kasap is a pioneer in electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices research, from fundamental prinicples to advances in direct conversion x-ray image detectors for medical imaging. He is the author of two acclaimed textbooks and the editor of a major handbook in his field. His distinctive research and scholarly contributions have been published in more than 200 refereed journal papers, and as chapters in major encyclopedia and several books.
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