UC Davis

Research Scientists

Kyle Montgomery

Kyle works as a research scientist in the Woodall Research Group. In addition to continuing work on his own research, he serves as the group's Lab Manager, overseeing and helping to coordinate the different research projects going on. Further, he maintains responsibility for our lab in Ghausi Hall.

Kyle completed his PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Purdue University in August 2012. Prior to his graduate studies, Kyle received a BS from the University of Houston in 2004 and then spent three years developing and building rugged electrical component test systems for the oilfield service company Schlumberger. While at Purdue, Kyle received the SMART Scholarship award through the US Department of Defense, the Homeland Security-STEM Career Development Fellowship, as well as honorable mention for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. His PhD research centered on novel approaches for wide band gap solar cells with application to ultra-high efficiency solar cells. His current research interests include developing novel semiconductor alloys for optimal performance in visible wavelength LEDs and solar cells, as well as investigating high-speed, high-power heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs). Further, Kyle is one of only a handful of people in the world who are actively using an arcane crystal growth technique known as liquid phase epitaxy (LPE).

Favorite Movie: Gladiator or Anchorman (it's a toss up)


  • BS 2004 University of Houston
  • MS 2008 Purdue University
  • PhD 2012 Purdue University


Office: 3104 Kemper Hall
Phone (office): 530-752-4392
Phone (lab): 530-752-9810
Email: kmontgomery (at) ucdavis.edu
Website: kmontgomery.net