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The LEOS Graduate Student Fellowships provide fellowships to outstanding LEOS student members pursuing graduate education within the LEOS field of interest (electro-optics, lasers, photonics, optics or closely related fields).
New guidelines have been established for the 2006 application process. Please check the LEOS web for more details (www.i-leos.org).
LEOS is proud to present profiles of our LEOS Graduate Student Fellows of 2001:

Mathieu Allard obtained his B. Eng and his M. A. Sc. from École Polytechnique de Montréal (Engineering Physics) in 1996 and 1998, and his Ph. D. from University of Toronto (Electrical Engineering) in 2004. For his Ph. D. thesis, he worked on improving the quality of photonic crystals made of colloidal particles. Mathieu is presently a postdoctoral fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto), where he is working on developing optical biomedical imaging techniques. Mathieu has held several Canadian and American awards during his studies, has published over twenty journal and conference articles, and holds one U.S. patent. His research interests are broad and varied, and encompass photonics, biomedical engineering and imaging, and advanced numerical techniques.
For his postdoctoral fellowship, Mathieu Allard is working on integrating multiple biomedical imaging techniques to better track the growth of cancers in lab animals. This work, although started barely a year ago, is already causing enthusiasm at Xenogen, a California-based manufacturer of optical imaging equipment and a collaborator in this research.
For his Ph. D. thesis, Mathieu worked on improving the quality of colloidal crystals. These materials interact with light in complex and useful ways, but they have been plagued by poor crystalline quality, which prevents them from being put to use in devices. Mathieu devised methods for improving growth techniques for colloidal crystals; he also created numerical models to explain the impact of crystal defects on their optical properties. This work led to 15 publications and to one U.S. patent, and is still being pursued at University of Toronto.
For his master’s degree, Mathieu carried out research in the labs of Nortel Network (Nepean ON, Canada) on optoelectronic chips used for optical telecommunications. These chips often suffer from high internal temperatures which affect their operation and reliability. Mathieu devised methods of measuring the temperatures in the chips, as well as numerical models to further study thermal issues. This work led to design improvements to a few of Nortel Networks’s devices.

Rohit Grover received the B.Tech. degree in engineering physics from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1999 and 2004, respectively. As an undergraduate intern, he worked at Bhabha Atomic Research Center (Bombay) on Liquid Metal Magnetohydrodynamic Energy Converters. He did his B. Tech. project research at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Bombay) on Light Emission from Porous Silicon. His graduate research was conducted on semiconductor optical microresonators at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences, where he was a Distinguished ECE-LPS Graduate Research Assistant. His honors include the Government of India’s National Talent Search Scholarship in 1991, and a gold medal at India’s National Standard Examination in Physics in 1993. He was the recipient of the 2001 IEEE-LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship.
Rohit is currently a senior process integration engineer at Intel Corporation’s Portland Technology Development site in Oregon, where he studies process interaction as well as die-package interaction for the 45 nm node. Rohit is the author of more than thirty publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and was an invited speaker at OFC2005. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he serves as a referee for twelve journals, and has refereed over fifty manuscripts so far.

Stephen Ippolito was born in Tampa, Florida, in 1977. He was granted the Bausch & Lomb Science Award and a 4-year full tuition scholarship to Boston University in 1995. While at Boston University, he was awarded an undergraduate research grant, the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Fellowship, the Dean’s Fellowship for graduate study, and the IEEE/LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, as well as his B.A. degree in Physics in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2004 from Boston University. He led a successful research program during his nine years in Prof. Ünlü’s laboratory. He has published a patent, six journal articles, and many conference papers, and has been an invited speaker at international conferences. He has worked with leading semiconductor companies to bring a new microscopy technology from invention to the silicon product analysis marketplace. His career objective is to be involved in optical research or engineering in industry.


ELAINE LALANNE Before joining CASPR as an Assistant Reseach Scientist, Dr. Lalanne received a PhD from the joint department of Applied Physics from New Jersey Institute of Technology/ Rutgers University-Newark in May 2003. She conducted research investigating the ultrafast photophysics and nonlinear optical properties of Silicon nanostructured materials and single-walled carbon nanotubes. Her dissertation work focused on the nonlinear refractive index and time resolved measurements. She received an IEEE/LEOS Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowship in 2001. She received her BA in physics from Wellesley College in 1994. She has extensive experience in the use of ultrafast laser systems such as Ti:sapphire oscillator, Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier, Ti:sapphire pumped optical parametric oscillator and the Nd:YAG laser. At CASPR, she is responsible for helping Dr. Johnson to develop and run the Ultrafast Optics and Optoelectronics Laboratory. She has extended her research to investigate ultrashort pulse propagation in fibers and optical limiting. She is a member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), American Physical Society (APS) and National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). She is a current member of the OSA Member and Education Services Council (MES). She presented an invited talk at the US-African Advanced Studies Institute in Durban, South Africa on November 3-12, 2005.

I received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 and 2004, respectively. My research training began with the simulation and characterization of velocity matched distributed photodetectors (VMDP) and balanced VMDPs. Inspired by the work on balanced photodetectors, I fabricated and experimentally demonstrated a novel balanced electroabsorption modulator (B-EAM) on semi-insulating InP. My work on the B-EAM received the “Best Student Paper Award” at the International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics, 2000. Shortly thereafter, I received the LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship which aided me to further my academic aspirations. For my PhD dissertation, I invented a novel balanced electroabsorption modulated receiver (B-EMR) for 1550 nm wavelength fiber optic links. To further my research on this topic, I was awarded a Photonics Technology Access Program equipment grant from the Optoelectronics Industry Development Agency in 2004. Before graduation, I had the opportunity to collaborate with industrial and external university partners on the development of a traveling wave EML for 40 GHz fiber optic systems. I was also involved in the first demonstration of a novel MEMs actuated microdisk resonator on SOI. In 2005, I joined the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) as a postdoctoral researcher. At UCB, I conduct research in the area of microwave photonics, high speed optoelectronics, and silicon nanophotonics. Shortly after joining UCB, I was awarded the “Best Poster Award” at the Berkeley Sensors & Actuators Center Industrial Advisory Board Meeting for my research in the area of Electronics-Photonics-MEMS integration. I have authored or co-authored 24 technical papers/presentations and am a member of the IEEE Lasers & Electro-Optics Society, Optical Society of America, Golden Key National Honors Society, and Eta Kappa Nu.

Bryan S. Robinson was born in Dallas, TX in November 1975. He received S. B. degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering and the M. Eng. degree in electrical engineering in 1998 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 2003 for research in the area of semiconductor-based all-optical switching.
Since 1996, he has been working with the Optical Communications Technology group and the Advanced Networks group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship in 1998 and the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Graduate Student Fellowship in 2001. He is presently a member of the technical staff in the Optical Communications Technology group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His research interests include ultrafast photonic packet switching for all-optical networks, numerical modelling of semiconductor optical amplifiers, free-space optical communications, and high-sensitivity optical receivers.



Andrey A. Senin was born in Moscow, Russia in 1969. He received the degree of Radio Engineer (with high honors) from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) in 1992, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1999 and 2003, respectively.
He, first, conducted research in the field of spread-spectrum communications at the BMSTU. Then, after having joined the laboratory for Optical Physics & Engineering at the UIUC, he got engaged in interdisciplinary research: application of digital signal processing to ultrafast laser spectroscopy as well as to upconversion fiber lasers and amplifiers. Besides that, he was teaching undergraduate laboratory courses at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) as a teaching assistant and then as a Head teaching assistant in 1997-2000. During this time his name was cited four times by UIUC’s “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.” While in the UIUC, Dr. Senin received several awards such as the IEEE/LEOS Fellowship, the Nakajima-SPIE Scholarships, the Mavis Fellowship of the College of Engineering and the Coleman Outstanding Research Award of the ECE department. He also accepted an invitation to join the Phi Kappa Phi society. Dr. Senin is a subject of biographical record in several Marquis Who’s Who publications. In addition, he received President of Russia Scholarship for the excellence in studies and research during his years at the BMSTU. Dr. Senin is currently a Laser Applications Engineer at VLOC, a subsidiary of II-VI, Inc. His work is focused on characterization of laser crystals and improvement of their performance in applications.
Dr. Senin is a member of the IEEE – The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, its Lasers & Electro-Optics (LEOS), Communications (ComSoc) and Computer Societies, and a member of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering. He published over thirty journal and conference papers.

Reuel Swint received a B.S. degree in engineering from Baylor University in 1997, and M.S. and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois in 2000 and 2002, respectively. While at the University of Illinois, he worked under the direction of Jim Coleman on the design and fabrication of novel semiconductor lasers which resulted in numerous publications and two patent applications for controlling spatial modes in high power semiconductor lasers. Upon receiving the PhD degree, he continued his work at Illinois as a postdoc, and in 2004 joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a technical staff member where he continues his interest in high power semiconductor lasers and integrated optoelectronics.
I would like to thank the LEOS community for establishing the graduate student fellowship awards. Beyond the generous monetary prize, the recognition conferred by the award enhanced my career and served to introduce me to many of my LEOS colleagues.





PEH CHIONG TEH was born in Perak, Malaysia. He received the B.Eng. (Hons.) degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester, U.K. in 1999. From 2000 until 2002, he continued to his postgraduate studies and received his Ph.D. degree at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K. His PhD researched in the application of superstructure fiber Bragg gratings for OCDMA systems, nonlinear optical switching, pulse shaping, and all-optical processing techniques using fiber gratings an optical communications. This research works generated 4 patents, where he was a joint inventor and a total of 40 papers published in various IEEE and IEE conferences and journals.
He received the IEEE Graduate Student Fellowship Award in 2001. Besides, he was also awarded the Best student paper award at the Optoelectronics and Communication Conference (OECC2002), Japan.
Upon graduating with PhD in December 2002, he joined the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, United Kingdom as a Higher Research Scientist in the Ultrafast Pulse Measurement Group.
In 2004, he came back to Malaysia and joined InventQjaya Sdn. Bhd., a Malaysian R&D Laboratory located in Cyberjaya as the Research Scientist of the Photonics Laboratory. Being the Principle Investigator for Optical Data Storage project, he is in charged of developing the next generation optical storage device based on multi-layer cholesteric liquid crystal materials capable of storing up to terabits of information.
Since March 2005, he joined Finisar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Ipoh, MALAYSIA (subsidiary of Finisar Corp, USA – NASDAQ: FNSR) as a Senior Engineer. Finisar is a technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and network performance test systems. These products enable high-speed data communications for networking and storage applications over Gigabit Ethernet local area networks (LANs), Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), and metropolitan area networks (MANs) using both IP and SONET/SDH-based protocols.
Currently, he is under the Contract Manufacturer Operations Group where he manages the production of optical TOcan-assembly (laser and photodiode) in contract manufacturer (CM) sites in Thailand.

Dr. Elaine Wong received her Ph.D. in December 2002 from the University of Melbourne after completing her research thesis titled “Collision Avoidance in Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) Networks”. She joined the Photonics Research Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne as a Research Fellow to carry out research
in the areas of optical local area networks, optical access networks, optical performance monitoring. From July 2003 to January 2005, Dr. Wong was managing the signal impairments and mitigation challenge project for the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre (APCRC) in which she directed the research of technology teams across four Australian universities. Dr. Elaine Wong is currently a Senior Research Fellow with the Department, and a receipient of the Early Career Research Grant and Faculty of Engineering Research Fellowship. As part of the Fellowship, Dr. Wong is currently spending the year 2006 at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Wong is a reviewer for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Communications Letters, OSA Journal of Optical Networking and OSA Optics Express. She is also currently serving as a member of the Optical Networks and Systems Committee of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS).


Mirvais Yousefi was born in 1975 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He received his MSc. from the University of Lund, Sweden in 1998. He obtained his PhD. degree in January 2003 at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The focus of the research was on the analysis of the dynamics of coupled semiconductor lasers in several configurations, such as filtered feedback and laterally coupled semiconductor lasers. In 2001 he received the IEEE-LEOS graduate student fellowship. Since then he has worked at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium and is currently with the COBRA institute, The Netherlands. His recent activities include the influence of noise on semiconductor laser dynamics, synchronization of semiconductor lasers for chaotic encryption purposes and general investigation of the nonlinear dynamics of light matter interaction in semiconductor opto-electronic devices. He is currently involved in the fabrication of InGaAsP/InP based integrated devices using Active-Passive technology for the production of optical integrated chaotic encryption circuits. His interests are the nonlinear dynamics of light-matter interaction and its technological applications, semiconductor opto-electronic fabrication technology, quantum dot devices, mode-locking and the theoretical aspects of multi-mode effects in semiconductor lasers.
“I have authored or co-authored more than ten refereed journal papers and more than 50 conference publications and have given over 100 conference presentations. I have also participated in two books contributing a chapter each. Professionally, I was trained (during my PhD) as a theorist and am now mostly busy with experiments. This includes measurement activities and also clean room activities such as fabrication and processing of photonic integrated devices. Moreover, my proposal for fabrication of chaotic integrated circuits for encryption purpose at the COBRA institute was recently funded from the Dutch Technical Science Foundation (STW). In fact we managed to achieve the highest grade on our proposal. I believe that if we can successfully complete the project then it will be the first ever technological application of the nonlinear dynamics of light-matter interaction in integrated photonic circuits.”

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