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IEEE Photonics Society 2010
Best Student Paper Award Recipients

The IEEE Photonics Society Best Student Paper Awards are open to students from universities whose papers have been accepted for presentation at the Photonics Society Annual Meeting. The top five finalists receive certificates of recognition and monetary awards ranging up to $1000.
     The results for the 2010 IEEE Photonics Society Best Student Paper Award are as follows:

1st Place    –   Roger Chen
2nd Place   –   Shamsul Arafin
3rd Place   –   Alden Curtis
3rd Place   –   Carolina P. Lai
3rd Place   –   Slaven Moro


Roger Chen

Roger Chen is pursuing a Ph.D. as a member of Professor Connie Chang-Hasnain’s optoelectronics research group in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 2007. His research includes characterization of novel nanophotonic phenomena and material properties of semiconductor nanostructures. He also works on silicon-based nano-optoelectronic devices such as nanolasers for silicon photonics integration. His additional interests are in synthesis of nanomaterials, biophotonics, and cavity quantum electrodynamics. Roger Chen has co-authored 16 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is a student member of OSA and SPIE and a recipient of a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.


Shamsul Arafin

Shamsul Arafin received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2005, and the M.Sc. degree in Communication Technology from Universität Ulm, Ulm, Germany, in 2008. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universität München, Garching, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. M.-C. Amann. His current research interests include GaSb-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) for wavelengths above
2 μm. During his PhD study, till now he has authored and coauthored more than 25 papers in leading technical journals and international conferences, including one invited paper presented at the ISLC 2010, Kyoto, Japan. He is a member of the IEEE, IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Electron Devices Society, Optical Society of America (OSA) and International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Electrochemical Society (ECS) and AVS: Science and Technology.


Alden Curtis

Alden Curtis received his B.S. in physics from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, United States, in 2005. He is currently working on his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at Colorado State University, USA. His research interests are high average power, chirped laser pulse amplification systems, with the application of creating high average power, compact x-ray lasers. For his Masters he is specifically dealing with the preamplification stages of the system, before the main power amplifier.







Caroline P. Lai

Caroline P. Lai received the B.A.Sc. degree (with honors) in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2006 and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY, in 2008. Currently, she is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Columbia University under the supervision of Professor Keren Bergman. From May 2010 to August 2010, she was a research intern in the Optical Link and Systems Design group at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, working under Dr. Jeffrey A. Kash. Her research interests lie in cross-layer communications, impairment and energy aware architectures, real-time performance monitoring, and optical packet switching for future energy-efficient optical networks, as well as optical interconnects, optically-connected memory systems, and photonic network interfaces for high-performance computing systems. She is a student member of the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society of America. She has authored or co-authored numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, and regularly serves as a reviewer for several journals. She was awarded the IEEE Photonics Society 2010 Graduate Student Fellowship.



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