- Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico
- Microelectronics Endowed Chair Professor and General Chair, Optical Science and Engineering Graduate Program, University of New Mexico
Dr. Lester is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Microelectronics Endowed Chair Professor, and General Chair of the Optical Science and Engineering Graduate Program at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Prior to his arrival at UNM in 1994, Dr. Lester worked as an engineer for the General Electric Electronics Laboratory in Syracuse, New York, for 6 years where he worked on high electron mobility transistors for mm-wave applications. In all, Dr. Lester has 25 years experience in III-V semiconductor devices and advanced fabrication techniques. From 2001-2003, he was a co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Zia Laser, Inc., a startup company using quantum dot laser technology to develop products for communications and computer/microprocessor applications. The company was later acquired by Innolume, GmbH. As a senior member of the IEEE since 2000, he is an active organizer and participant in the IEEE Photonics Society's conferences, workshops and journals. He was a US Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Lester's other awards and honors include the 1998 UNM School of Engineering Research Award, the 1994 Martin Marietta Manager's Award, and the 2007 UNM ECE Teaching Award. He has published over 100 journal articles and over 120 conference papers.
- PhD, Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, 1992
- BS, Engineering Physics, Cornell University, 1984