The University of Texas at Dallas

Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Dr. Bruce E. Gnade

Former Chairs

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.


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Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Former Distinguished Chair in Microelectronics

Dr. Bruce E. Gnade has conducted research focused on 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 webpages 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 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.