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The IEEE Photonics Society established the Graduate Student Fellowship Program to provide Graduate Fellowships to outstanding Photonics Society student members pursuing graduate education within the Photonics Society field of interest. Applicants are normally in their penultimate year of study and receive the award for their final year and must be a Photonics Society student member. 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. The deadline for nominations is 30 May.
     The presentation will be made during the Awards Banquet at the 2009 Photonics Society Annual, 4th–­8th October at the Ela Quality Resort in Belek-Antalya, Turkey.
     The IEEE Photonics Society is proud to present profiles of our 2009 Graduate Student Fellows:

Can Bayram

Pierre-yves Delaunay

Umit Demirbas

Qiaoqiang Gan

Lendert Gelens

Zubin Jacob

Meizi Jiao
Sedat Nizamoglu
S.M. Abdur Razzak
Evgeny Shumakher
Chao Wang
Xiaoxia Wu


Can Bayram

Can Bayram was born on 6 September 1983 in Izmir, Turkey. He received the B.S. degree in 2005 from Bilkent University, Turkey in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Quantum Devices under the supervision of Walter P. Murphy Professor and Director, Manijeh Razeghi, in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Northwestern University, IL.
     Mr. Bayram’s Ph.D. research area is wide bandgap semiconductor devices including III-N materials (AlGaInN) and II-VI materials (ZnO). His research interests include semiconductor device design/simulation, material growth/characterization, device processing/packaging/measurement with a focus on optoelectronic devices.
     He has performed more than 2000 metalorganic chemical vapor deposition growths up-to-date. He has improved AlxGayIn(1-x-y)N layers (where [0,0] < [x, y] < [1,1]), and integrated them into self-designed nitride optoelectronic devices. By using state of the art material characterization techniques such as atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, photoluminescence measurements, X-ray diffraction, and Hall effect measurements, he has correlated the material growth, characterization and (structural (surface, crystallographic), optical, electrical) material quality that leaded to world’s first and world’s highest performance nitride optoelectronic devices.
     By using conventional and state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication techniques and equipments (such as rapid thermal annealing, electron cyclotron resonance reactive ion etching, electron beam metal evaporator, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, photo- and e-beam-lithography systems), he has fabricated more than 300 wide bandgap semiconductor devices ranging from UV avalanche and single photon photodiodes to blue and green light emitting diodes. Combining the device performance with the material growth, a unique blend of semiconductor knowledge is gathered in-house, and being implemented. His works have become multiple-times most downloaded in high-impact journals (such as Applied Physics Letters), and have been highlighted in the mainstream of the press (such as Laser Focus World, CompoundSemiconductor.net, ScienceDaily, SPIE Newsroom) many times.
     His current research interests include avalanche and single photon detection in UV spectral region, and high power blue-green-white light emitting diodes. He is currently developing high quality Al(Ga)N/GaN superlattices for intersubband devices operating in near-, mid-, far-infrared, and terahertz regime.
     He has published 15 articles in high impact SCI journals, and 16 international conference papers & presentations. He is a member of the IEEE, IEEE-Photonics and Electron Devices Society, SPIE, OSA, MRS and APS. He is the winner of 2009 Dow Sustainability Innovation Award (including a $10,000 honorarium), 2009 SPIE Laser Technology, Engineering, and Applications Scholarship (including a $6,000 honorarium), and 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship (including a $5,000 honorarium).


Pierre-Yves Delaunay

Pierre-Yves Delaunay was born in Versailles, France in 1982. He received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, in 2004. Majoring in Applied Physics and Solid State Engineering, he obtained the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2005 and he was honored with the X-Fondation Award for his Master’s thesis. Since 2005, Pierre-Yves is working toward a PhD degree at Northwestern University, USA, under the supervision of Pr. Manijeh Razeghi.
     His research focuses on the fabrication and testing of infrared cameras based on Type-II InAs/GaSb superlattices. In 2007, he introduced a new device design that reduced the dark current of Type-II detectors by several orders of magnitude. This breakthrough, associated with other key improvements in the fabrication process, led to the demonstration of the first long wavelength camera based on this novel material platform. The array of detectors was able to measure temperature differences as low as 20 mK, with a photon to electron conversion efficiency up to 89%. His work showed the potential of this technology for infrared imaging.
     Over the past 4 years, he authored or co-authored over 25 papers in peer-reviewed journal such as Applied Physics Letters and IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. One of them was selected for the cover of the May-June 2008 issue of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. Pierre-Yves also serves as an active reviewer for the Journal of Electronic Materials.


Umit Demirbas

Umit Demirbas was born in Egirdir (Turkey) in 1979. He received his BS degrees in Physics (2004) and Electrical Engineering (2004), and his MS degree in Materials Science (2006) from Koc University. In July 2006, he entered Electrical Engineering department of MIT, where he is currently working towards his PhD degree.
     During his undergraduate and MS years, Mr. Demirbas was with the Koc University Laser Research Laboratory, where he mainly worked on development of broadly-tunable Cr:ZnSe lasers. Currently, he is a member of the Optics and Quantum Electronics Group at the Research Laboratory of Electronics of MIT. He is continuing his studies under the supervision of Prof. James Fujimoto and Prof. Franz X. Kärtner, in strong collaboration with Prof. Alphan Sennaroglu. His current research interests include solid-state laser development, ultrafast pulse generation and multiphoton microscopy. In particular, he is trying to develop low-cost broadly-tunable femtosecond laser technology based on Cr:Colquiriite (Cr:LiCAF, Cr:LiSAF and Cr:LiSGAF) gain media.
     Mr. Demirbas is an author and coauthor of more than 15 journal papers. He serves as reviewer for Optics Letters and Optics Express journals. He is a student member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society, Optical Society of America (OSA), The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and Optical Committee of Turkey (OCT). He is a IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellow (2009) and one of the finalists of OSA New Focus/Bookham Student Award (2008).


Qiaoqiang Gan

Qiaoqiang Gan was born in JiangSu Province, China, in 1980. He received the Bachelor’s degree at Fudan University in 2003 and his Master’s degree in the Institute of Semiconductors at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. He is now a Ph. D student at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Lehigh University, pursuing research as a member of Prof. Filbert Bartoli’s research group. His current research interests include nano-photonics, plasmonics, and bio-photonics. Mr. Gan has served as an active reviewer for several journals, including the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, the IEEE Journal of Photonics Technology Letters, the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, Nano Letters and Optics Letters. He is a student member of the IEEE Photonic Society, OSA and SPIE.


Lendert Gelens

Lendert Gelens was born in Zoersel, Belgium in 1983. He received his B. Sc. and M. Sc. degree in Electrotechnical Engineering, summa cum laude, from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He also obtained a M. Sc. degree in Physics, summa cum laude, in 2006 at the same university. For his Master’s thesis work, he was awarded the Barco/FWO prize 2006.
     Since October 2006, he is working towards a PhD at the Department of Applied Physics and Photonics (TONA) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as a PhD fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen). His research, under the supervision of Prof. Jan Danckaert, is focused on nonlinear dynamical behavior in complex systems. More specifically, he has done research on the modeling of the nonlinear dynamics in Semiconductor Ring Lasers. The work on these semiconductor lasers where the laser cavity is defined by a ring-shaped waveguide is organized in the European STREP-project IOLOS. Furthermore, he has active collaborations with researchers from the Institute IFISC of the Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain, and the Physics department of the University of California, Berkeley, USA, on the topic of extended and localized spatial structures. He has currently published 9 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 contributions in conference proceedings. For his PhD work he has been awarded the IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship in 2009.


Zubin Jacob

Zubin Jacob completed his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering (2004) from the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay, M.A.E.E (2006) and M.S.E.E (2007) from Princeton University and is currently a Ph.D candidate in the ECE department at Purdue University.
     He works with Prof. Evgenii Narimanov in the field of Metamaterials and Nano-Optics. His initial research culminated into the optical hyperlens, the device based on hyperbolic metamaterials which can solve the long standing problem of the far-field diffraction limit. The hyperlens exhibits unique spiralling ray trajectories and supports interesting surface states called Dyakonov plasmons. Currently, his work focusses on the spontaneous emission modification properties of hyperbolic metamaterials which can lead to a single photon source.
     He has authored/co-authored 10 international conference papers, 7 peer-reviewed journal articles and a book chapter during the course of his graduate work. He serves as a reviewer for Optics Letters, Optics Express, JOSA B and Applied Physics B. Zubin is a student member of IEEE Photonics Society, OSA, SPIE and APS. He is the recepient of the Princeton Graduate Fellowship (2004), Best Student Paper/Poster Presentation Prize at ETOPIM 7 (2006), the SPIE Graduate Fellowship Award (2008) and was the finalist for the Theodor Maiman Best Student Paper Award at CLEO-IQEC (2009).


Meizi Jiao

Meizi Jiao received her B. S. degree in Optical Engineering from ­Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in Jun. 2006 and M. S. degree in Optics from University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, USA in Jan. 2009. She is currently working towards her Ph. D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Shin-Tson Wu, in College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida.
     Meizi’s Ph. D. study is focused on fast response and wide view liquid crystal displays, and novel blue phase liquid crystal displays. From Aug. 2006 to May 2009, she participated in the novel liquid crystal display development project contracted by Chi-Mei Electronics Corp., Taiwan. From May 2009 to Aug. 2009, she worked as an intern in Apple Computer Inc., USA. She has authored and coauthored around 20 papers in technical journals and conferences and filed 1 US patent. One of her papers has won the “Journal of the Society for Information Display Outstanding Student Paper of the Year Award” in 2008.
     Meizi is also active in academic services. She was Chair of Society of Information Display UCF Student Branch from 2007 to 2008. She is a reviewer for IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology, Optics Express, Liquid Crystals and Journal of the Society for Information Display.
She is one of the recipients of 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship. In addition, she received SPIE Educational Scholarship in Optical Science & Engineering in 2008 and Chu Kechen Scholarship which is the highest honor of Zhejiang University in 2005.


Sedat Nizamoglu

Sedat Nizamoglu received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Physics from Bilkent University in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Electronics Engineering under the supervision of Prof. H. V. Demir at Bilkent University. His research interests include nanocrystal integrated light emitting diodes, light-matter interaction of quantum dots and nano-optics. He has co-authored 59 publications that include 23 SCI (Science Scitation Index) journal papers, 24 international conference papers, 7 national conference papers, and 5 national popular science articles. He is a co-inventor of 2 pending patents. In 2009 Mr. Nizamoglu is awarded with SPIE Scholarship Award in Optical Science and Engineering (by the International Society for Optics and Photonics of SPIE) and IEEE Photonics Society (formerly LEOS) Graduate Student Fellowships Award. His work on “White light generation using CdSe/ZnS core-shell nanocrystals hybridized with InGaN/GaN light emitting diodes” is highlighted as a featured article on the hard cover of the journal Nanotechnology by Institute of Physics (vol. 18, no. 6 in the issue of 14 February 2007). He has been supported with EURYI (European Young Investigator) Graduate Fellowship between 2007 and 2009 and TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) National Graduate Fellowship (2006–2007). He is a reviewer of various journals including Applied Physics Letters and Journal of Applied Physics. He is a student member of IEEE, Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE).


S. M. Abdur Razzak

S. M. Abdur Razzak (Student member of IEEE since 2007) was born in the Vill: Bhulbaria, P.O.: Patisar, P.S.: Singra, Dist. Natore, Bangladesh on December 31, 1974. He obtained a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (Erstwhile B. I. T. Rajshahi) in 1998, and 2005 respectively. Later he obtained an M.Eng degree also in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of the Ryukyus, Japan in 2007. Presently he is a doctoral course student of the University of the Ryukyus, Japan and expecting a PhD in March 2010.
     Mr. Razzak is doing research on design and characterization of microstructure optical fibers. His research outcomes appear in many internationally reputed journals and conference proceedings including the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology and the IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. In recognition of his works, he has been awarded a number of awards including the 2009 Marubun Research Promotion Award, Japan, 2008 Excellent Student Award of the IEEE Fukuoka Section, Japan, the 2007 President’s Honorary Award of the University of the Ryukyus, Japan, the 2000 Gold Medal award of the B. I. T. Rajshahi, Bangladesh, and the 1996 Zoynal Memorial Award of the B. I. T. Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Evgeny Shumakher

Evgeny Shumakher received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa in 2002. In 2004 he received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in the field of Ultra-Fast Optoelectronics from the same university. His Master’s research, supervised by Prof. Gadi Eisenstein, is titled “Fundamental characteristics of locked electro-optic loops”. It involves numerical modeling of noise characteristics of injection inter-locked oscillators together with experimental confirmation of the model by opto-electronic oscillator topologies. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the same field expecting to graduate in 2010. His current research interests lay in the newly formed field of optoelectronics termed “slow and fast light” propagation which encompasses all opto-electronic phenomena that allow continuous control of the group velocity of light. He is particularly interested in applying those mechanisms to concepts belonging to the realm of microwave photonics.
     He is an author or co-author of 14 journal papers in several esteemed IEEE and OSA publications in which he also serves as an active reviewer. He is also a co-author of a chapter in “Slow Light: Science and Applications” from CRC press. There are 11 peer-reviewed conference papers to his credit, all orally presented with several being invited talks.
     He is a two times recipient of the E. I. Jury award for excellent graduate students in the area of systems theory and a student member of IEEE and OSA.


Chao Wang

Chao Wang received the B. Eng degree in Opto-Electrical Engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 2002, and the M. Sc degree in Optics from Nankai University, Tianjin, China, in 2005, respectively. He is currently with the School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, working toward the Ph. D degree in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Jianping Yao. He is also a research assistant in the Microwave Photonics Research Laboratory at University of Ottawa.
     Mr. Wang’s research topic, Microwave Photonics, is an ­interdisciplinary field that studies the interactions between microwave and optical signals. His current research interests include all-optical microwave signal generation and processing, radio-over-fiber systems, coherent optical pulse shaping, fiber Bragg gratings and their applications in microwave photonics systems. His research has applications for broadband wireless access systems, broadband sensor networks, modern radar systems, satellite communications, and even biomedical imaging.
     Mr. Wang is an author and coauthor of 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 conference papers, including one invited paper presented at the 2008 LEOS Annual Meeting. Recently, he has received the 2008 SPIE Graduate Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering, the 2008 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Best Student Paper Award at 2009 Asia-Pacific Microwave Photonics Conference, the 2009 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, the 2009 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the 2009 University of Ottawa National Excellence Scholarship, the 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Travel Grant, and the 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship.
     It is my great honor to receive the 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship. This recognition strongly encourages me to pursue my future career in the field of photonics. I would like to appreciate IEEE Photonics Society for the establishment of the student fellowships. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my Ph. D thesis advisor, Prof. Jianping Yao, for his always support and valuable directions throughout my study.


Xiaoxia Wu

Xiaoxia Wu received the B.E. degree in Optical Information Science and Technology from Jilin University, Changchun, China, in 2004, and the M.E degree in Physical Electronics from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), Beijing, China, in 2006. She is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Alan Willner in Electrical Engineering at University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California. She was a visiting student at Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT), Pisa, Italy, in Sept. 2008. Her current research interests include high-speed optical/electronic signal processing, optical performance monitoring and advanced optical modulation formats. She has authored/coauthored more than 70 papers in prestigious international journals and conferences.
     Ms. Wu is a student member of the IEEE Photonics Society, the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). She serves as a reviewer for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Optics Letters, Optics Express and Optical Engineering.
     Ms. Wu was one of the 6 recipients of Yangtze Scholarship at Jilin University in 2002, sponsored by Yangtze Optical Fiber and Cable Company Ltd., Wuhan, China. She won the 2nd prize in China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling (CUMCM) in 2002, and the 1st prize in Jilin University Research Opportunity Program for Undergraduates in 2004. She got the Excellent Undergraduate Thesis Award in 2004 and the Excellent Graduate Thesis Award in 2006. Her awarded travel grants for attending international conferences include: 2008 IEEE Photonics Society Student Travel Grant for attending ECOC in Brussels, Belgium; 2009 OSA Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Award for attending CLEO in Baltimore, Maryland; 2009 USC WiSE Travel Grant for attending Photonics in Switching in Pisa, Italy. She is one of the recipients of 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship Award.
     “The honor truly belongs to people who give me continuous support and who I have been working with, especially Dr. Tingye Li and Prof. Alan Willner.”

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