Umesh K. Mishra is a Distinguished Professor of the University of California and the Donald W. Whittier Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his BTech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, his MS degree from Lehigh University, and his PhD degree, in 1984, from Cornell University. He has supervised more than 65 PhD theses with over 40 of them in the field of gallium nitride (GaN) materials and devices. He has more than 1000 papers with a Web of Science h index of 88, and was included in the Thomson Reuters 2014 list of Most Cited Researchers. He co-founded Nitres in 1996 (acquired by CREE in 2000) and Transphorm in 2007, which has commercialized GaN-on-Si transistors for power conversion, and where he currently serves as Chairman and CTO. He has received numerous awards including the IEEE MMT-S Distinguished Educator Award, the IEEE David Sarnoff Award, the ISCS Welker Medal and the ISCS Quantum Device Award for his contributions to the development and commercialization of GaN electronics. He is a Fellow of IEEE, an International Fellow of the Japanese Society of Applied Physics, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.