Dr. Sivalingam Sivananthan


Dr. Siva Sivananthan founded EPIR in 1997 to develop specialized infrared materials and provide cutting-edge research for the U.S. defense industry based on the infrared technology he pioneered at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Siva also founded Sivananthan Laboratories, Inc., a high-tech business incubator, and a number of technology companies including Episolar, Inc. and Episensors, Inc. Additionally, he co-founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, InSPIRE (the Institute for Solar Photovoltaic Innovation, Research, and Edu-training).

Dr. Siva is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Director of the Microphysics Laboratory at UIC. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Honors College Faculty. He has more than 30 years of experience in MBE semiconductor growth kinematics and characterization, and he is recognized as a leading authority in the field of II-VI based optoelectronic devices.

Dr. Siva was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House in 2013 for his efforts as an immigrant innovator and entrepreneur to create American jobs, grow the economy and make our nation competitive in the world. Among his many honors, he received the “Friend of the Night” award from the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate in 2005. He was named an “Outstanding American by Choice” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2013 and recognized by Crain’s as among Chicago’s top “50 people in technology you should know.” He is an SPIE Fellow and an APS Fellow.