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Steven R. J. Brueck

Photo: Steven Brueck

Professor Emeritus

Physics and Astronomy

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Ph.D. 1971 MIT


  • Lithography
  • Nanostructures
  • Optoelectronics
  • Epitaxial growth
  • Nonlinear optics


  • B.S., Columbia University
  • M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Steve Brueck was the first professor in the hundred-year history of the School of Engineering to be named a UNM Distinguished Professor, in 2006. The title, now held by four professors in the School, is the highest UNM bestows on its faculty. Dr. Brueck has provided both technical and administrative leadership as director of UNM’s Center for High Technology Materials since joining ECE in 1985. Generating more than $9 million annually in grants and contracts, CHTM is an internationally recognized center for optoelectronics, microelectronics and nanotechnology research. Dr. Brueck is the founding editor of the IEEE Journal of Special Topics in Quantum Electronics. In 1991 he received the UNM School of Engineering’s Outstanding Researcher Award, and in 2000 IEEE awarded him the Third Millennium Medal. Dr. Brueck’s research explores the extension of optical lithography/ microscopy to the high-resolutions necessary for future generations of ICs. He applies the capabilities of interferometric lithography to expand nanophotonic, nanoscale growth and nanofluidic science and technology. A topic of recent interest is extending microscopy, one of the oldest and most important areas of optical science, to higher resolutions approaching the linear systems limits. He currently is faculty advisor to seven doctoral students and three postdoctoral/senior scientists, and he holds a joint appointment in UNM’s Physics & Astronomy Department.