In 1999 the LEOS Board
of Governors focused on encouraging students in their studies in electrical
engineering. They established the LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship program
to 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). Applicants are
normally in their penultimate year of study and receive the award for
their final year and must be LEOS student members. Recipients are apportioned
geographically in approximate proportion to the numbers of student members
in each of the main geographical regions (Americas, Europe/Mid-East/Africa,
Asia/Pacific). There are 12 Fellows per year. Each LEOS Graduate Fellow
receives $5000 and a travel grant of up to $2500 to attend the LEOS
Annual Meeting to accept their award.
This year marks the sixth year of the LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship
program, and LEOS is proud to present profiles of this years recipients.
Each student submitted a nomination package to the LEOS Executive Office
with the following information: (1) a nominating letter by a LEOS member.
Where no LEOS members are able to support an application, the referees
may consist of the Head of Department and one other full professor familiar
with the applicants work; (2) a one-page statement of purpose
by student describing her/his education and research interests and accomplishments;
(3) the students IEEE member number; (4) a one-page biographical
sketch of student, including all degrees received and dates; (5) one
copy of students educational transcripts; (6) two reference letters
from individuals familiar with the students research and educational
This year, nomination packages are due at the LEOS Executive Office
by 30 May 2005, and recipients will be notified by 15 July 2005. The
Fellowships will be presented at the LEOS Annual Meeting in October
2005. Please send completed package to:
IEEE/LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship Program
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854
LEOS is proud to present profiles of our 2004 LEOS
Graduate Student Fellows:
ARAIN (SM1997) earned his B. Engg. in Electrical Engineering
from the N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi,
Pakistan in 1998. He was subsequently employed as Electrical Power Engineer
first at National Refinery Limited and the Hub Power Company Limited,
He joined the Photonics Information Processing Systems (PIPS) Lab at
College of Optics/CREOL, University of Central Florida in Fall 2001.
He received his M.S. in Optics (Summer 2002) and continued as a Doctoral
candidate under Prof. Nabeel A. Riza. His research is focused on innovative
use of interference phenomenon in the field of photonic information
processing and optical communications. He has demonstrated a novel holography
based optical scanner called Code Multiplexed Optical Scanner (C-MOS)
to be used in free space laser-communication and 3-D display technology.
He has also worked on the implementation of RF transversal filters in
optical domain and angstrom precision optical path length measurement
instruments using interferometric based opto-electronic techniques.
He is currently pursuing active research in optical sensors.
Muzammil Arain has actively published and presented his work in a number
of distinguished journals and conference. He has earned a number of
competitive awards and honors for his professional and extra-curricular
excellence along the way. He was recognized by the Government of Pakistan
in the form of a President Talent Scholarship Award (1989) and University
Merit Scholarship from N.E.D. University (1994). More recently, he is
the recipient of the of 2004 SPIE Educational Scholarship along with
the prestigious 2004 IEEE LEOS Graduate Fellowship.
IEEE LEOS Fellowship is a major career achievement for me. It
is also recognition of the innovative and exciting research being done
here at PIPS lab at CREOL by our research group under Prof. Nabeel A.
Riza. A major credit for my success goes to my parents and family for
their continuous prayers and encouragement throughout my life.
DAHAN received the engineers diploma in electrical engineering
from Supélec, Paris, France in July 1999 and the M.S. degree
in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of
Technology, Atlanta, GA in December 1999.
In March 2000, he joined the optical communication laboratory at the
Technion, Israel as a scientific researcher within the framework of
French national service. He worked on a European IST project, METEOR
(Metropolitan Terabit Optical Ring) whose aim is to design, develop
a tera-bit optical metropolitan area network realized as an optical
ring with 40 DWDM channels operating at bit-rates up to 40 Gbit/s.
He carried out work on several topics, including modeling of high speed
(40Gbit/s) WDM (40 channels) transmission, in particular studying the
impact of modulation formats, nonlinearities, chromatic and polarization
mode dispersions. He also realized the modeling of ring networks. In
addition, he has been involved in both theoretical and experimental
work related to timing recovery at high bit rates for RZ and NRZ formats.
In August 2001, he started a PhD degree in electrical engineering under
the supervision of Prof. Gadi Eisenstein at the Technion, Israel. His
research deals with theoretical and experimental aspects of Raman and
parametric based amplification and all optical processing. Special emphasis
is put on noise issues in the saturation regime. His research interests
include noise analysis in saturated Raman fiber amplifiers, wavelength
converters and reshapers, optical pulse sources based on optical parametric
amplifiers and self starting oscillators.
He received a fellowship of excellence from the Israel Ministry of Science
in both 2003 and 2004. He is author and co-author of 20 journal and
conference papers, almost all in the IEEE journals and the main international
conferences like OFC and ECOC. He is also a reviewer for IEEE Journal
of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Photonics Letters and JOSA B.
Receiving the LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship is a real great
honor. I consider this prestigious award as a major recognition of my
work and I have no doubt that it will be very helpful in my future career.
ZARE DASHTI was born in Tehran, Iran in 1976. While in high school,
he won gold medal in national physics Olympiad. He was a member of the
team representing Iran in 25th international physics Olympiad held in
Beijing, China, where he received silver medal in experimental competition
and honorable mention in theoretical part. He received his bachelors
degree in applied physics from Sharif University of Technology in 1998.
After 2 years of military service, he started his graduate studies in
2001 at University of California in Irvine. He received his masters
degree in electrical engineering in 2003. He is currently a PhD candidate
in UC Irvine and is expecting to receive his degree by the end of 2005.
His research interests include fiber long period gratings, Acousto-Optic
interaction in optical fiber, Sagnac loop mirrors, and fiber lasers.
DOSUNMU was born in Bronx, NY, in 1977. He graduated from Lakewood
High School in Lakewood, NJ in 1995, and received both his B.S. and
M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering with his thesis entitled Modeling
and Simulation of Intrinsic and Measured Response of High Speed Photodiodes,
along with a minor in Physics from Boston University in May of 1999.
In 1997, he was a summer intern at AT&T Labs in Red Bank, NJ; in
1998, he was also a summer intern at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratories
in Princeton, NJ. Between 1999 and 2000, he was employed at Lucent Technologies
in the area of ASIC design for high-speed telecommunication systems.
While at Boston University, he was awarded the 4-year Trustee Scholarship
in 1995, the National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG)
Fellowship in 2001, as well as the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society
(LEOS) Graduate Student Fellowship in 2004. He was also a recipient
of the 2004 Boston University Science Day College of Engineering Deans
Award for his presentation entitled Resonant Cavity Enhanced Ge
Photodetectors for 1550 nm Operation on Reflecting Si Substrates.
Mr. Dosunmus career objective is to be involved in the research
and design of optoelectronic devices for a wide range of applications,
particularly in the areas of telecommunications and space-based technologies.
MASANOVIC graduated as a valedictorian from the School of Electrical
Engineering, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1998. In spring of
2000, he obtained his M. S. degree from the Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara. He
obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University
of California Santa Barbara in June 2004. His research interests are
in the area of InP photonic integrated circuits with emphasis on integrated
tunable wavelength converters and their applications in novel all-optical
Mr. Masanovic is the winner of numerous awards and fellowships including
the 2004 IEEE-LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship Award and the 2003 Best
Student Paper award at Indium Phosphide and Related Materials conference.
RESAN was born in Osijek, Croatia, in 1972. He received the B.S.
degree in physics at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 1997 and
the M.S. degree in photonics and imaging from Ecole Nationale Superieure
de Physique de Strasbourg, France, in 1998. During his M.S. degree he
conducted research in the field of optical coherence tomography at the
Institute of Theoretical and Applied Optics, University of South Paris,
Bojan received the Ph.D. degree in optics at the College of Optics and
Photonics / Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL)
& Florida Photonics Center of Excellence (FPCE), University of Central
Florida, Orlando, FL in 2004. His PhD research in Ultrafast Photonics
group headed by prof. Peter J. Delfyett included generation of high-power
ultrashort pulses from external-cavity mode-locked semiconductor lasers,
their subsequent cascaded amplification and various applications such
as optical communications, bioimaging, and material processing to name
One of his major contributions was developing a novel dispersion-managed
breathing mode, modelocked semiconductor laser. The key advance of this
work is a novel approach to drastically reshape the optical pulse shape
within a round trip of the laser. The resultant operation of the laser
allows one to control the physical mechanisms involved in pulse formation
and shaping within the ring cavity. Intensity dependent, nonlinear effects
can either be enhanced or avoided at key locations within the laser
cavity to enhance the performance and output characteristics, as compared
to conventional modelocked semiconductor lasers. With this approach,
he has been able to generate high power optical pulses with durations
of 185 fs, from an electrically pumped diode laser system. The results
from his research were not only published in the leading scientific
journals and presented at prestigious conferences, but has also garnered
public attention owing to the work being highlighted in the popular
press (e.g., Optics in 2004 issue of Optics and Photonics News, Photonics
In 2004 Bojan joined Advanced Systems Business Unit at Coherent Inc.,
Santa Clara, CA. He is currently involved in the research and development
of novel high-power ultrafast lasers and amplifiers and deep ultraviolet
narrow-linewidth laser systems.
Mr. Resan is a member of the IEEE/LEOS, OSA and SPIE. At CREOL, Bojan
has been very active in professional activities, services and CREOL
events. In 2003/2004, he was elected to be the Vice-President of the
IEEE/LEOS CREOL Student Chapter. Bojan has received numerous awards
including SPIE 2004 Graduate Student Scholarship, IEEE/LEOS 2003 Graduate
Student Travel Grant, US Corporate Travel Grant, University of Central
Florida Graduate Student Travel Award to name a few.
VIDAL was born in Alicante, Spain, on April 24, 1978. He received
the Ingeniero de Telecomunicacion degree (M. Sc.) from the Universidad
Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) in fall 2001. In January 2002
he joined the Fiber-Radio Group, Nanophotonics Technology Center, Universidad
Politécnica de Valencia where he is working toward his Ph.D.
His main research interests include optical beamforming for phased-array
antennas, photonic microwave filters and microwave and millimeter-wave
optical fiber systems. Since 2002 he has been working at the Fiber-
Radio Group in two European-funded projects (IST-2000-25390OBANET and
IST-1-507781GANDALF) as well as in several national and regional funded
projects. He has published over 10 papers in international journals
and 15 papers in conference proceedings. He also holds 2 international
Mr. Vidal was recipient of three awards for his Master Thesis dissertation
about optically controlled phased-array antennas, including the 2001/2002
national award of the Spanish Telecommunication Engineer Association.
In addition, he has served as a reviewer for the IEEE Photonics Technology
Letters and the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. He is a student
member of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optic Society (IEEE/LEOS) since
XIAO was born in Chengdu, China in 1979. He received the B.S. degree
in electronics from Beijing University, Beijing, China, in 2001, and
the M.S.E.C.E. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue
University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2003, where he is currently pursuing
the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University.
His current research area includes optical signal processing and pulse
shaping, optical Hyperfine-WDM/Sub-Carrier Multiplexing (SCM) communications,
and radio frequency (RF)/microwave photonics.
Mr. Xiao is a student member of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society
and the Optical Society of America (OSA). He was the first author/presenter
of six conference talks and has authored five journal papers. He received
the Andrews Fellowship from Purdue University for two years and the
2004 IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Graduate Student Fellowship.
YIANNOPOULOS received his Diploma Degree in Electrical and Computer
Engineering from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at
National Technical University of Athens in September 2000, ranking third
among 300 students. Ever since, he has been working towards his PhD
degree at the Photonics Communications Research Laboratory (PCRL), under
Professor H. Avramopoulos.
His research at the PCRL has focused on the design and implementation
of optical signal generation and processing circuits. The main aspects
of these circuits have been ultra-high operation speed, functional versatility,
reusability and low development cost, while, in the same time, the implemented
circuits possess unique properties that are demonstrated for the first
time. As a result, the findings of Mr. Yiannopoulos work have
been published in major journals and top international conferences of
the field. Up to now, he has co-authored sixteen articles in major journals,
including IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, IEEE Photonics Technology
Letters, Journal of Lightwave Technology and OSA Optics Letters. He
has also presented his work in six articles at IEEE sponsored conferences.
The aforementioned published articles have already been acknowledged
in sixteen journal citations, received from leading groups in the field
of optical communications.
I am very glad to be one of the 2004 IEEE LEOS Graduate Student
Fellowship Program recipients. This is the second time a PhD student
from PCRL achieves such a distinction, which is indicative of the quality
of the work performed by the researchers at the laboratory. As for me,
the LEOS Award is a major scientific recognition of my work and I expect
that it will significantly help my plans for the future, which are to
contribute further to the advancement of the field of Photonics and
YU received the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Bachelor
of Economics from Tsinghua University, China in 1997, and Master of
Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Miami
in 1999. Now he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering
at Optical Communications Lab in University of Southern California.
From 1997 to 2000, he worked as a teaching and research assistant at
Dept. of Electrical Engineering in University of Miami. His research
there focused on diffractive and integrated photonic devices, including:
design and fabrication of waveguide and diffractive optical elements
in high-energy-beam-sensitive glass, development of Labview beam profiler,
construction of high density nondiffracting beam array for optical interconnection,
and measurement of ion-exchanged photochromic glass for holographic
In 2000, he transferred to University of Southern California to continue
his Ph.D. study and joined Optical Communications Lab as a research
assistant, supervised by Dr. Willner. His main research interests are
dispersive and nonlinear effects in high-speed reconfigurable WDM optical
fiber communication systems, including: management of chromatic dispersion
and polarization-mode dispersion in optical fiber transmission systems,
realization and application of all-optical logic gates, all-optical
wavelength conversion and optical parametric amplification. Meanwhile,
he has also been a teaching assistant for both Dept. of Electrical Engineering
and Dept. of Physics.
During his graduate study, Mr. Yu has authored and co-authored 42 research
papers (9 recently submitted; 15 as the first author) on the peer reviewed
journals and prestigious conferences, such as IEEE Photonics Technology
Letters (PTL), Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT), Optical Fiber
Communication Conference (OFC), European Conference on Optical Communication
(ECOC), and Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO). He is a
co-inventor of 1 issued US patent. He has also served as a reviewer
for some major journals such as JLT. He received Award of Academic
Merit from graduate school of University of Miami in 1999, and
was elected to Whos Who among Students in American Universities
and Colleges in 1999. He won IEEE/LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship
Award in 2004.
Mr. Yu is a student member of IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optic Society
(LEOS), and Optical Society of America (OSA).
His research focuses on photonic devices and optical communications,
including: optical diffractive devices, integrated optical waveguide
devices, nonlinear fiber devices, optical interconnects, dispersive
and nonlinear effects in high speed WDM optical communication systems
It is a great honor for me to receive IEEE/LEOS Graduate Student
Fellowship Award. My researach results are accomplished by teamwork.
I want to take this chance to express my thanks to my advisor and colleagues
for their help. I believe Emersons words: Nothing great was ever
achieved without enthusiasm. I will continue to pursue my dream and
dedicate myself to the research in the splendid field of photonics and
ZAPATA was born in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1972. She is married and
has a 6-year old daughter. In 1993 and 2001 she received the B Eng and
M Sc degrees in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Tecnica Federico
Santa Maria (UTFSM, Valparaiso, Chile), respectively. Her M Sc thesis
dealt with the performance evaluation of scheduling algorithms in ATM
networks using Markov Chains with rewards.
She joined the Department of Electronic in Universidad Tecnica Federico
Santa Maria as a Junior Lecturer in 1997.During 1997-2000 she lectured
on the topics of digital circuits design, computer architecture and
computer networks and supervised final year student projects. She presented
the project Updating of Digital Systems Laboratory to the
Chilean Ministry of Education receiving a major award equivalent
to US$20,000. During this time she was also a co-researcher in the projects
Multicast Routing Algorithms (1998-1999) and Multicast
Communication: QoS Routing and Reliability (2000-2001), both supported
by the National Research Council for Science and Technology (CONICYT)
In 2001 the Chilean government awarded her the Presidente de la
República scholarship for postgraduate studies abroad and
in September 2001 she started research towards the PhD degree in the
Optical Networks Group at University College London (UCL) under the
supervision of Prof. Polina Bayvel. There, her work focuses on the dynamic
allocation of resources in all-optical networks, in particular on the
impact that dynamic routing has on the performance and scalability of
wavelength-routed optical burst switched (WR-OBS) network architectures.
After finishing her Ph.D. studies she intends to boost the research
activity in the optical field in Chile (where she will go back to work
as academic staff), where this area has not been strongly developed
Ms. Zapata is a Junior Member of the British Federation of Women Graduates,
UK. She received the Award to the Best Student, promotion 1996 granted
by the UTFSM Alumni Association, the Award to the Best Female Graduate
of UTFSM granted in 1996 by Zonta International, the M.H. Joseph Prize
granted for academic excellence in the field of Engineering by the British
Federation of Women Graduates, UK, in 2003 and the LEOS Graduate Student
Fellowship awarded by LEOS in 2004.