UIC Physics Prof Honored by White House

Sivalingam Sivananthan’s innovation helped take down Osama Bin Laden.

A distinguished professor of physics at University of Illinois at Chicago and an immigrant to the United States, Dr. Sivalingam Sivananthan was recently named a White House Champion of Change.

The Champions of Change program is intended to recognize those who help drive America’s effort to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”

Dr. Sivalingam "Siva" Sivananthan: UIC's own White House Champion of Change

Dr. Sivalingam “Siva” Sivananthan: UIC’s own White House Champion of Change

Besides teaching others, Dr. Sivananthan, is an innovator in his own right. It was his work with mercury cadmium telluride,  a semiconducting material key to modern night vision technology, that allowed U.S. special forces to successfully execute the nighttime raid on Al-Qaeda terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Sivananthan sees it as his opportunity to give back to the country that he now calls his own.

Dr. Sivananthan, who was born in Sri Lanka, has not been content to develop only his own ideas. He is also the driving force behind Sivananthan Laboratories, Inc., an incubator based in Bolingbrook, Illinois, and the founder of InSPIRE - the non-profit Institute for Solar Photovoltaic Innovation, Research, and Edu-training – a program that encourages college and high school students to work on building renewable, ecofriendly technology in Illinois. It’s his way of contributing to the American economy, pushing our country toward new heights of technological innovation and productivity.

Night vision. Photo: Flickr/U.S. Army (cc).

Night vision. Photo: Flickr/U.S. Army (cc).

Starting from when he was a student there, Dr. Sivananthan puts the spotlight on the University of Illinois at Chicago for giving him the foundation and support he needed to accomplish what he has accomplished: “UIC is a community of individuals that has treated me with respect for who I am.”

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