Harin S. Ullal, Ph.D.
Dr. Harin S. ullal was born on Jan 3, 1949 in Bombay, Maharashtra. He is the second son of late Shri Shrinivas V. Ullal and Smt. Lata S. Ullal. His early education was in Sacred Heart Boys High School, Santa Cruz, Bombay. He attended Visvesvaraya Regional Engineering College in Nagpur and earned his B.E. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Nagpur, May 1973. In August 1973, he traveled to the United Sates (U.S.) for further studies. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
He is married to Vinaya, daughter of late Shri. Bhaskar Kananthoor and Smt. Sheela Kananthoor. Vinaya is an IT major and works for ABB in the U.S.
They have two daughters Maya and Jaya. Maya has a B.S degree in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California. She is probably the "only" Devadiga girl to have graduated from USC. Maya works for Motorola, Silicon Valley, CA. Jaya earned her B.A. degree in Psychology with emphasis on Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and a Masters degree in Education from Regis University, Denver, Colorado. Jaya is an Elementary School teacher in Stein Elementary School in Lakewood, CO. Maya is married to Rajnish Gupta and Jaya is married to Trevor Marienau.
Harin has two brothers - elder brother Shri. Deepak S. Ullal and younger brother Shri. Hemant S. Ullal.
Harin S. Ullal, Ph.D. works for the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy (NREL) in Golden, Colorado USA.
He has more than 35 years professional experience in the field of science, technology, international business development and technical program management within the solar electric technologies.
Dr. Ullal worked at ARCO Solar, California from 1980 to 1985 as a Senior Research Scientist. He was the Inventor of the ZnO/Metal “Back Reflector” in the a-Si solar cell technology, which is now an industry wide standard and is used worldwide. He was awarded the “Innovator of the Month Award” by then ARCO Solar, V.P. - R&D, Dr. Charlie Gay. In January 1986, he joined the Solar Energy Research Institute, Colorado which was elevated to a National Lab and was renamed NREL.
He is the winner of the prestigious Francis Van Morriss Award. He was selected from about 1800 NREL talented staff. He is also the winner of two NREL Director’s Awards. He is also the joint winner ofeight (8) prestigious R&D Awards (the Oscar for Technological Innovation) working with the U.S. Photovoltaic Industry over the past three decades. He was also the runner-up for the World Technology Network Award, London, England, 1999.
He has several plenary and invited presentations to his credit in thin film solar electric technology worldwide. He has numerous presentations and publications to his credit. Dr. Ullal was an International Consultant to the Indian Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES, now MNRE), Government of India, New Delhi, India and the United Nations Industrial Development, Organization; Vienna, Austria. He was instrumental in setting up the Solar Rural Electrification project in the Sunderban Islands in West Bengal, India. Currently, there are about 80,000 solar-home- lighting system installed in the island impacting the lives of some half million people.
Several Hedge Fund Managers, Investment Bankers, Venture Capitalists, Science Writers, and new start-ups CEOs seek his professional advice and help on thin film solar electric technologies in particular and solar cell technology in general.
He has worked in the IEEE PVSC Program Committee for several years and has served as Session Chair at the International Conferences on several occasions. He has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Kentucky, 1979.