Past Team Members
Yoon Ho Daniel Lee
Yoon Ho graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University in three years with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010. During his undergraduate career, he researched in the field of analog integrated circuits, working on a novel CMOS imaging chip. He also led the communication subsystem of a satellite project team at Cornell, gaining experience in RF communication links. Yoon Ho is now pursuing his MS/PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Cornell Nanophotonics Group. His research interests include integrated inter and intra chip optical communication and silicon photonics in general. He also enjoys playing the drums, guitar, tennis, and travelling in his free time.
Austin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tulane University in 2010, with a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics. He was a recipient of the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) in 2010. As an undergraduate, he worked for the Tulane Center of Computational Science, pursuing research into computational modelling of DNA dynamics and fluid mechanics. Austin is pursuing his PhD in Applied Physics as a member of the Cornell Nanophotonics Group. His research interests include nonlinear optics in silicon waveguides and frequency conversion in the mid-infrared spectral region.
Renato Ribeiro Domeneguetti
Renato graduated from the University of Sao Paulo - USP, in Brazil, with a B. Basic Research in Physics in 2011. He received his M.S. degree in Physics in 2013 from the same University, where he studied the theory of quantum properties of light in a nonlinear fiber optic ring resonator. At the end of 2012 he spent three months at the University of Campinas - Unicamp, in Brazil, developing his experimental research. Renato is currently pursuing his PhD, in collaboration with the Nanophotonic group. He is interested in quantum effects related to the interactions of the light with the matter. His other interests include classical music, reading, and playing the flute.
Yisu Yang graduated from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2007 with a B.S. degree in Communication Engineering. He received his M.S. degree in Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Technology in 2010 from the same university, where he studied sub-wavelength gratings. He worked at Ericsson (China) Communications Co. Ltd. as a GPON optical network engineer from 2010 to 2011. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Dr. Michael Hochberg's nanophotonics team at the University of Delaware. He is interested in silicon photonic devices and their applications. In 2014, he worked as an intern in Dr. Michal Lipson's group at Cornell. Yisu is a fan of music and Chinese calligraphy.
Daniel received the B.Eng. (2006), M.S. (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Escola Politecnica - University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil. During his PhD he spent four months at the Centro Nacional de Microelectronica (IMB-CNM) in Barcelona, Spain, where he worked in the simulation of integrated photonic sensors. In the beginning of 2012 he joined the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, as a post-doctoral associate. He joined the Cornell Nnaophotonics Group as a post-doctoral associate in the end of 2012/beginning of 2013. His research interests include integrated photonics, nonlinear optics, and electromagnetic simulations. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys biking, sightseeing and playing acoustic guitar. Recently he also started learning to play the drums.
Carl Poitras, Senior Research Associate
Carl completed his undergraduate studies in Physics at the University of Québec in Montréal, graduating summa cum laude. He then pursued graduate studies for one year at the Master's level also in Physics (electromagnetism), followed by a Master's degree from the National Institute of Scientific Research in Montreal. Carl obtained his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 2006. His continuing work as part of the Nanophotonics group involves light-matter interaction, silicon on glass work and overall support to the Nanophotonics Group. He enjoys staying in shape by playing tennis, working out and exercising regularly.
Mohammad Soltani received his B.Sc. (1999) and his M.Sc. (2001) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. In 2002, he attended Georgia Tech where he received his M.Sc. (2005) degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. (2009) in Electrical Engineering. His Ph.D. research was on the physics, modeling, and fabrication of silicon-based ultra-high Q resonators and coupled resonators on an SOI platform. His general interests lie electromagnetics, optoelectronic devices and circuits, quantum optics, optical information, and nanofabrication. At Cornell, he was an HHMI research associate working in Prof. Michelle Wang and Prof. Michl Lipson's groups. His current research is on nanophotonic techniques for single-molecule detection, optical trapping, nanoscopic and fluorescence imaging.
Bishu received his B.Tech. in Electronics Eng. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2008. As an undergrad he spent some time at Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Systems and Devices, Erlangen, Germany working on CMP metrology for next generation technology nodes. He also worked on interface circuit designs for integrated MEMS sensors. Currently he is working towards his PhD in the Cornell Nanophotonics Group. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, hiking, eating out and walking around the beautiful Ithaca countryside.
Lian-Wee graduated First Class Honors from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, with a B.Eng. degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. During his undergraduate studies, he did research in fiber gratings in the Optical Fiber Program at the Network Technology Research Centre. Following his graduation he worked at the Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore, for one and a half years; his areas of research were BioMEMS and Microfluidics. Lian-Wee recently received his Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell with the Nanophotonics Group. His other interests include basketball and cooking.
Prof. Shengli Pu
Shengli Pu is an associate professor at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. He is now a visiting associate professor at Cornell University with Prof. Lipson's group. His research interests focus on advanced photonic materials and devices, especially the novel optical properties and photonic applications of magnetic fluids/ferrofluids. He has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers in physics and optics.
Paulo Nussenzveig works in the field of experimental quantum optics and quantum information. His education was in Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics (Cavity QED), during his doctoral studies, in Paris. He is a Professor of Physics at the University of Sao Paulo. His contributions include the first direct generation of three-color quantum entanglement among bright beams of light. During his sabbatical visit in the Nanophotonics group, he is collaborating on projects to study the quantum properties of light in the on-chip structures fabricated here.
Vishal graduated with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2010, and joined the Cornell Nanophotonics Group as a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering. At IIT Madras, he was part of the Integrated Optoelectronics group and worked on the design and fabrication of electro-optic modulators. His research interests span the broad field of photonics and optics, specifically quantum optics, optomechanics, light-matter interactions and nanofabrication techniques. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and broadening his understanding of the world around him - past, present and future.
Lucas has finished his master's degree in optic communication at Unicamp after graduating magna cum laude in Electronics Engineering from the Aeronautics Institute of Technology, Brazil. He spent some time in Germany working at DLR while still an undergraduate. He has also worked at the Wehner von Braun Center for Advanced Research, Brazil, in RF circuits and antennas. As part of the Cornell Nanophotonics Group, Lucas worked on transformation optics applications.
Prof. Shlomi Arnon
Shlomi Arnon is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ben-Gurion University (BGU), Israel. Professor Arnon's honors and awards include SPIE Fellow and Fulbright Fellow. His research is the area of optical, satellite and wireless communication. During part of the summer of 2007, he worked at TU/e and Phillips Lab, Eindhoven, Nederland on a novel concept of a dual communication and illumination system. He was visiting professor during the summer of 2008 at TU Delft, Nederland. During the year 2011-2012 he took sabbatical leave at the nanophotonics lab at Cornell. In addition to research, Prof Arnon and his students work on many challenging engineering projects with especial emphasis on the humanitarian dimension. For instance, a long-standing project has dealt with developing a system to detect human survival after earthquakes, or infant respiration monitoring system to prevent cardiac arrest and Apnea.
Vincent is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell. In the nanophotonics group, he is working on ring resonators operating at visible wavelengths. His hobbies include tennis, basketball, and learning about craft beers and breweries. Email Vincent Nguyen.
Rebecca Park is an undergraduate student majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She worked with C. elegans using microfluidic devices in the BioE department and solar cell fabrication in the EECS department for two summer REU programs in UC Berkeley. She hopes to gain more experiences in nanophotonics and eventually participate in a Ph.D program where she can apply optics to interdisciplinary fields. During her free time, she enjoys figure skating and dancing. Email Rebecca Park.
Debo graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2006 from Illinois Wesleyan University, with concentrations in Physics and Mathematics. As an undergraduate he worked at the IBM Almaden Research center on spintronics theory and memory applications. He also did work on magneto-optics and optical trapping. Debo worked on the harnessing the novelties afforded by silicon photonic structures with respect to light matter interactions, electro-optics and non-linear optics.
Hugo received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica (ITA), Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, in Dec 2005, graduating Summa cum Laude. In May 2007 received his M.S. degree, from the same institution, while conducting research on fiber optic sensors at Instituto de Estudos Avancados (IEAv). In Aug 2007 started his studies at Cornell, where he obtained his Ph.D. in the Nanophotonics Group. His interests are on integrated optics, optical sensors and electro-optics.
Jacob graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. As an undergraduate he researched quantum dot lasers at Duke and poling Lithium Niobate as an REU student at Columbia University. Jacob pursued his Ph.D. at Cornell University researching nonlinear phenomena in nanophotonic structures. Jacob is originally from St. Louis. He enjoys golfing, classic movies, reading, good food and sports.
Nicolás Sherwood Droz
Nick hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico, a medium sized tropical island in the Caribbean known for its beautiful beaches and lively people. He received his B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2002, having worked in that time on various research topics including mobile antenna systems in Copenhagen, image database management in London and optical MEMS in Minnesota. He then completed a M.Sc. as part of the Network Computing Applications and Multimedia (NETCAM) laboratory at WPI, working on secure satellite QoS services. Nick also loves spending as much time outside as his life permits.
Kyle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University in 2006 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He entered Cornell's Ph.D. program following an undergrad research project with the Lipson group. Kyle has previously worked on hardware development at Sandia National Laboratories and optical interconnect technologies at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and he is a recipient of the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship for 2010-11. Kyle's research interests at Cornell included materials and devices for chip-scale optical data communication systems. Kyle is originally from balmy Rochester, NY, and his interests include sports, music, and eating other people's cooking.
Michael received both his Bachelor and PhD degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montréal, Canada, in 2002 and 2009, respectively. During his graduate studies, he worked on micro-optical free-space and integrated sub-systems for telecommunication applications. His research interests include diffractive optics, optical component integration, and micro-fabrication on different platforms (III-V, glass, Si, polymers). He was an NSERC post-doctoral fellow with the Cornell Nanophotonics group where he investigated nonlinear effects in silicon. Michael is now a faculty at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Art graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree from Cornell's Engineering Physics program. As an undergrad, Art worked in an nonlinear optics group and after graduating worked for several years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. At Lincoln Labs, he was a member of the Directed Energy Group and did research on adaptive optics and thermal blooming mitigation for high-energy lasers. Art received his PhD in 2011 in Applied Physics as a member of the Cornell Nanophotonics group. Art is now a Research & Development Scientist at Tornado Medical Systems.
Gustavo Wiederhecker, Post Doctoral Associate
Gustavo grew up in a city named Goiânia, located in central-west Brazil, a region famous for its breathtaking landscapes and waterfalls. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 2003 from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. During his undergraduate studies he got involved with Erbium doped fiber amplifiers and fiber-optic parametric amplification research. In 2008 he received his PhD from the same university after investigating nonlinear sound-light interactions in photonic-crystal fibers. During his PhD he was a visiting scientist at the Photonics & Photonics Materials Group at the University of Bath, UK and also in the Max-Planck Forschungsgruppe in Erlangen, Germany. At Cornell, when he is not biking and enjoying the nice gorges around Ithaca, he tries to get research done on optical and mechanical nonlinearities in Silicon waveguides and resonators.
Sasikanth graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi in Electrical Engineering at the top of the batch in 2005. He was a KVPY National science fellow of the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc). During his undergraduate years he spent some time at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the Interuniversity Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, India. After obtaining his Ph.D. in the Nanophotonics Group at Cornell University, Sasikanth obtained a research position at GE Global Research. Sasikanth enjoys creative writing, cooking and swimming.
Amy received her B.S. in electrical engineering from the University at Buffalo in 2003, graduating summa cum laude. She then came to Cornell where she completed her M.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2009) in Electrical and Computer Engineering with the Cornell Nanophotonics Group. In 2009, Amy became a Postdoctoral Associate with the Cornell Nanophotonics Group and continued to research the areas of nonlinear optics and light-matter interaction in integrated silicon devices. Amy also enjoys exercising, running, swimming and riding her bike. Amy now holds a faculty position at the Johns Hopkins University.
Bernardo, native from the tropical coastal city of Joao Pessoa, Brazil, finished his undergraduate in Physics at the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB), in 2005. And later he completed his MS in Physics at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), where he worked on the development of optical coherence tomography systems with applications to dentistry. Currently, he is working to integrate OCT components on silicon chips at the Cornell Nanophotonics Group as a visiting PhD student from UFPE.
Danilo received his B.Sc in electrical engineering from Federal University of Itajuba (2002), the M.Sc. (2004) degree and Ph.D. (2008) degree from School of Electrical Engineering of Sao Carlos (EESC), University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil. Danilo worked in the Cornell Nanophotonics Group as a postdoctoral researcher. His research interests are in photonic crystal fiber, optical telecommunication systems and nanophotonic devices.
Sasha graduated from the University of Rochester with degrees with honors in Optics, Computer Science, and Math. He previously worked in a quantum optics research group, acquired experience in organic light emitting diode fabrication, software development and laser synchronization analysis. Sasha was a PhD student in Applied Physics and was studying design and optimization methods for novel integrated photonic structures.
Long completed his B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering of Zhejiang University, China, where he worked on the electromagnetic simulations of metamaterials like photonic crystals and negative index media. Long pursued his PhD in the nanophotonics group at Cornell, working on microcavities, metallic nanocomponents in photonics and integrated Ge detectors, among other interests.
Jacob obtained his PhD at Cornell in 2008. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles with a B.S. degree in Physics. As an undergraduate he spent some time at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, performed research on 2D electron gas systems, and published work on Evolutionary Optimization algorithms. As a member of the Cornell Nanophotonics group he was working toward his MS/PhD degrees in Applied Physics. Jacob studied, among other things, sub-wavelength confinement of light in dielectric nanocavities, light confinement in integrated disordered structures, and high resolution near-field imaging. Jacob also applied Evolutionary Optimization algorithms to help design these structures. A native of Southern California, Jacob enjoys all things competitive and sports-related as well as instigating minor amounts of trouble.
Brad completed his B.S. degree in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell, followed by one year of Masters work, also in AEP. His M. Eng project was with the group of Prof. Harold G. Craighead, and involved the development of polymer microfluidic channels for biological applications. Brad spent a year working for an optical MEMS startup before joining the Cornell Nanophotonics group as a PhD student with an interest in using photonic crystals for integrated biosensor applications. Brad is from Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Po Dong left Cornell Nanophotonics Group in Feb. 2008 after working as a postdoc for two years in this group. He then started his job as a senior research engineer at Kotura Inc., a worldwide leader in silicon photonics, which designs, manufactures and markets CMOS optical components that enable optics to migrate throughout the communications industry. He is currently working on design, fabrication, and test of passive and active silicon photonic components.
QianFan Xu comes from Sichuan Province of China, which is famous for delicious and spicy food. He received his B.E. and M.E. degrees from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University (Beijing), major in physical electronics and optoelectronics. He was honored as one of the 16 outstanding graduate student in Tsinghua University in year 2001. He spent one year in Purdue University taking courses in Communications. He is now a PhD student in School of ECE at Cornell University.
Jeffrey graduated with honors from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2007. As a research undergraduate, his experience included work on SONOS NVSM Devices and in clean room laboratory fabrication techniques. His interest in nanophotonics brought him to Cornell and the Nanophotonics Group to pursue his MEng in Electrical Engineering. Jeffrey is from Colorado and enjoys photography, skiing, and traveling.
Stefan Preble is an assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. He is continuing to research silicon nanophotonic devices.
Linnell graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Institute of Technology with degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering. Throughout the course of his studies, he acquired experience in software development and network engineering by working at various companies including GE Transportation Systems & Global Signaling. As an undergraduate, Linnell designed and fabricated, among other things, a portable STM (Scanning Tunneling Microscope). Now in the Nanophotonics Group at Cornell, he is working on designing and building an NSOM (Near Field Scanning Optimal Microscope), and testing and optimizing MOS and PIN electro-optic modulators.
Morgan worked in our group on various aspects of photonics such as computer simulations and coupling, and showed strong interests in both computer architecture and photonics. He is from upstate New York, and plans to follow up his education with graduate school.
I did my BSc and MSc in Physics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 1996. I worked as an assistant lecturer at the Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University from 1996 to 1999. I spent 6 months at Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India as a visitor in 1998. I completed my PhD in Physics from Kansas State University working on micro/nano-structures and devices of III-nitride semiconductors. My PhD work included photonic crystal blue/ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diodes (LEDs), InGaN/GaN QW submicron waveguides, NSOM, picosecond time-resolved electroluminescence/photoluminescence studies. I joined the nanophotonics group at Cornell on January 2005 as a postdoctoral associate. My research work here included nanofabrication and characterization of photonic devices. I am currently working at Logic Technology Development (LTD), Intel Corporation, Hillsboro Oregon as Senior Process Engineer. I left Cornell Nanophotonics Group on Dec 2005 to join Intel. We had second baby on July 2006. Our son's name is Abiral. My website is http://www.jagat.com.np.
Sam is currently a Senior at the University of Rochester majoring in Optics. Sam was part of the Cornell Center for Material Science REU over the Summer of 2005. His project was "Partially Self-Assembled Planar Photonic Structures". In his free time Sam enjoys swimming for the UR Swim Team, as well as reading, riding his bike, travelling, and Japanese Culture. After graduation he plans to pursue a Graduate degree in either Optics or Applied Physics.
Robert John Meyers
Robert John (RJ) is a senior at Cornell University, studying Applied Physics. RJ plans on pursuing an MEng in ECE at Cornell. His interests lie in nanotechnology and lasers/optics (nanophotonics!). His hobbies include reading, music, computers, rollerblading, and digital video creation. RJ is from Warwick, Rhode Island.
Vilson Almeida is a native of Brazil. He received his B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) and M.S., both in Electrical Engineering, from Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica (ITA), Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, in 1997 and 1998, respectively. From 1998 until 2000, he conducted research on optical fiber sensors at Instituto de Estudos Avancados (IEAv-CTA), Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. In 2000, he joined Cornell University in pursuit of his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. His research interest areas are nanophotonic devices, optical fiber sensors and photonic crystals.
Sameer Pradhan, Postdoctorate Associate
Sameer received the Bachelor of Engineering (1998) degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Bombay, India, and the Master of Science (2001) and Ph.D. degree (2003) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. His dissertation work involved the design, fabrication and characterization of GaAs and InP based high-speed optoelectronic devices and circuits such as high-speed photoreceivers, phototransceiver imaging arrays, quantum-dot lasers/VCSELs and photonic crystal light emitters. He is currently a Post-doctoral Associate in the Cornell Nanophotonics Group. His work includes the design and fabrication of optical switching and modulation devices on SOI platform.
Rick is currently finishing his senior year in the Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include photonic devices, and creation of substrates for the growth of GaN LEDs. After his undergraduate work, Rick plans to pursue a graduate degree in electrical engineering in the area of photonics. Rick is a native of Western Massachusetts.
Jon is a Senior at Cornell University, studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, reading, dancing, and hiking. After graduation, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in either Electrical Engineering or Physics.
Heather is a senior at Brigham Young University majoring in Physics and minoring in Chemistry. She attended Carnegie Mellon University for 2 1/2 years and has done physics research at St. Lawrence Univ., Clarkson Univ., and Brigham Young. Outside of school she enjoys hiking, dancing, cooking and reading. She is excited to be studying polymer waveguides with the group as part of the CNF REU program.
Roberto Panepucci has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UIUC with research emphasis in optical properties of III-V nanofabricated structures. After a post-doc at the University of Campinas he joined CNF as a senior research staff were he managed the high resolution ebeam system and developed nanofabrication techniques. He later spent 2 years in a photonic start up company as MEMS team leader. Roberto has also extensive teaching experience both as teaching assistant at USP-Brazil, Caltech, UNICAMP-Brazil and as a Professor at the University of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. He is now a Senior Research Associate with the Nanophotonics group at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University.
Carlos Angulo Barrios
Carlos Angulo Barrios received the degree of Telecommunications Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain, in 1998, and the Ph.D degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2002. His dissertation focused on the fabrication, performance and analysis of GaAs-based buried-heterostructure VCSELs and In-plane lasers with Al-free semi-insulating materials regrowth by Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Nanophotonics group at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University. His work includes fabrication, characterization and design of Si-based nanophotonic devices. At present Carlos is a tenured Associate Professor at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (www.upm.es), Spain, where he leads research in Silicon-based Integrated Photonics at the Instituto de Sistemas Optoelectrónicos y Microtecnología (www.isom.upm.es).
I am currently concluding my senior year in ECE at Cornell University. I am a native of Bahrain, a little island located in the Arabian Gulf. After my undergraduate studies are over, I hope to enroll into graduate school and pursue a graduate degree in physics.
Spring 2006: Tameem is currently pursuing a PhD in fundamental physics at USC.
Praveen is from Smithtown, New York. He also did his undergraduate studies at Cornell majoring in both Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Although he had previously participated in space and ionospheric physics research, the lure of integrated optics was irresistible. He currently does numerical simulations of modulated media in the design of optical memory. Outside academia, his interests include classical and jazz music performance, sports, and aviation. Email Praveen Anumolu.