As the Associate Dean of Innovation at the MIT School of Engineering, Vladimir Bulovic is a champion of ideas. He oversees a broad portfolio of MIT-wide efforts in support of the next generation of researchers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
Bulovic co-directs the MIT Innovation Initiative, an Institute-wide effort to accelerate the translation of ideas into impact. He is also the faculty lead on the design and construction of MIT.nano, a new 200,000-square-foot center for nanoscience and nanotechnology.
As a professor of electrical engineering, Bulovic holds the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology. He leads the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics laboratory, which he developed as an open nanotechnology facility. He also co-directs the MIT-ENI Solar Frontiers Center, the MIT Energy Initiative’s Low Carbon Energy Center on Solar technologies, and the GridEdge Solar project.
His research interests include the study of physical properties of organic and organic-inorganic nanocrystal composite thin films and structures and the development of novel nanostructured optoelectronic devices. He is the author of over 250 research articles, which have been cited over 20,000 times.
Bulovic is the inventor of over 100 U.S. patents in areas of light emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories, and micro-electro machines. The majority of these patents have been licensed and utilized by start-up and multinational companies.
A practicing entrepreneur, Bulovic is the co-founder with his students of QD Vision, Inc. of Lexington MA, which is producing quantum dot optoelectronic components. (The company was acquired by Samsung in 2016.) He is also the co-founder of Kateeva, Inc. of Menlo Park CA, which is focused on the development of printed organic electronics; and Ubiquitous Energy, Inc., which is developing nanostructured solar technologies.
Bulovic received his PhD from Princeton University. While there, his research led to the patents and technologies that contributed to the launch of the Universal Display Corporation and the Global Photonics Energy Corporation (presently named NanoFlex Power Corporation).
Recognized as an authority in the field of applied nanotechnology, in 2004 Bulovic was named to the Technology Review TR100 List, and in 2012 he shared the SEMI Award for North America in recognition of his contribution to commercialization of quantum dot technology. His solar technology was recognized as the winner of the Katerva Award in 2017. Bulovic is also a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award, and the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching.
In 2008 Bulovic was named the Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow, honoring his contribution to energy education. His efforts led to the launch of the MIT Energy Studies minor, the first academic program to span all five schools at MIT. Continuing his focus on redefining education at MIT, Bulovic co-led the launch of the Institute-wide entrepreneurship and innovation minor.
MIT’s highest teaching honor, the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, Bulovic received in 2009, and in 2011 he was named the Faculty Research Innovation Fellow for excellence in research and his international recognition.
Bulovic will tell you that he is continually inspired by the incessant drive of his students to understand and to contribute to the world. He knows that student’s curiosity can be nurtured from the very young age, which has led him to spend an hour nearly every week for the last ten years teaching engineering math to elementary school students in his hometown. Together with his wife, Bulovic designs and delivers lessons designed to expose early learners to the wonders of math applied to the real world challenges. He delights in giving the next generation the tools of innovation.