During the past decade, Dr. Wenhong Kevin Sun has served as the R&D director for United States SETi Company, which is the world’s first company developed the world’s first short-wavelength ultraviolet UV LED and has the source technology for Radio-Frequency Devices. SETi’s UV LED chip patents are critical components in the aerospace and defense industries. Dr. Sun is the officer in charge of ITAR (International Traffic Arms Regulations) related projects ( managing ITAR restriction area, preparing ITAR reports and collecting data) under national security requirements. Dr. Sun is the director for the projects granted by US government such as Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Sun is responsible for the development of cutting-edge technologies for use by the military. He has obtained over 20 US patents and published over 50 papers. Due to his achievements in his research fields, he has been invited to be a plenary speaker or session chair on international conferences of nitride semiconductor ( such as IWN, ICNS and MRS).
Dr. Sun is the leading officer to carry out several DARPA funded projects, for example “Compact Mid-Ultraviolet Technology (CMUVT) program”, “High Power AlInGaN-Based Deep Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes” and “Laser UV Sources for Tactical Efficient Raman”. Based on Dr. Sun’s R&D source technologies and patents for UV LEDs, the company successfully developed the mass-production technology. Recently, the foreign investor took shares of SETi after the approval of DOD and CFIUS by passing ITAR inspections.
Dr. Sun established Non-profit Organization （NPO, 501 (3c) ） Laozi Academy in Sept. 2009 and was appointed as a President, and has served under this position in this organization. He has also been a board member of Chinese Association of Columbia (CAC).
In 2002, Dr. Sun joined Department of Electrical Engineering at University of South Carolina as Associate Professor and participated in projects funded by DARPA and DOD. He was awarded JSAP Outstanding Paper for the Best Original Paper, 2005, Japan.
Before joining University of South Carolina, as a leading scientist and group leader, he served in Institute of Material Research & Engineering in Singapore. He sponsored the key blue laser project funded by FQD (Fujitsu Quantum Devices Ltd).