Dr. Bruce E. Gnade

Professor of materials science and engineering
and vice president for research

Distinguished Chair in Microelectronics

Bruce Gnade leads a large research group studying applications of flexible electronics. Flexible electronics could be embedded in clothing as sensors, laptops could have roll-out screens for large viewing of maps, and Web pages, and large area flexible radiation detectors could help secure our nation's borders.

Gnade has authored or co-authored approximately 150 refereed journal papers, 72 U.S. patents and 55 foreign patents. His current research group involves nearly 20 graduate students, undergraduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

Gnade's focus has also included bringing new and talented faculty members to UT Dallas.

"I expect that a significant portion of increased research funding at UT Dallas in the coming years will come from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy," Gnade said. "As funding grows, so too will the number of PhD students graduating from the university, which is ultimately the reason we do research."

Gnade came to UT Dallas in 2003 from the University of North Texas, where he was chair of the Materials Science Department. Prior to that, he was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the central research and development organization for the U.S. Department of Defense, and a visiting scientist at the University of Maryland at College Park. He also served as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal technology agency.

From the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, Gnade held a number of technical and managerial positions in research and development functions at Texas Instruments in Dallas.

He earned a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from St. Louis University in 1976.

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Bruce E. Gnade

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


An anonymous contribution in February 1987 created the chair, to which Gnade was appointed in September 2005. The chair supports research and scholarly activities in the area of microelectronics.


A nuclear chemist with a specialty in materials science, Gnade has authored or co-authored 72 issued U.S. patents.


"The lifeblood of a great research university is the innovative work done by faculty members, researchers and graduate students from many disciplines in laboratories across the campus. I've been able to continue my own research, which is immensely rewarding, as well as to hopefully help enhance the research environment at UT Dallas."