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Dr. Yi is currently an associate professor at department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan, Dearborn campus and also a faculty affiliate of University of Michigan Energy Institute. He received his Ph.D from MIT and worked as a postdoctoral associate at MIT electronic materials processing center the following year, focusing research on integrated nano optoelectronic materials and devices. He has worked in Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and 3M corporate research laboratory. He is also a research affiliate at MIT Microsystems technology/microphotonics center. He has published more than 50 journal papers, held 11 US patents, and written two book chapters. He has led several government/industry funded projects, has been at review panel for NSF and DOE, and has been a reviewer for leading journals. His research interests are solid state electronics, semiconducting devices, photovoltaics&energy related optoelectronic devices, solid state lighting (LEDs), bio inspired nano optoelectronic structures, nanoelectronics/MEMS and intelligent vehicle and transportation system. He is currently serving as vice chair of IEEE Southeast Michigan section.