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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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).
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