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Applied Optics Group Members

FACULTY  

Holger Schmidt

Holger Schmidt is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Narinder Kapany Chair of Optoelectronics at UCSC. He directs the Applied Optics group and the W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics, and serves as the Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering. For more on Prof. Schmidt's background, please click here.

STAFF  

Dr. Tom Yuzvinsky

Tom manages the Nanofabrication Lab for the W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics. His background is in physics and nanoscience. He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley where he worked on carbon nanotube devices. Tom has held postdoctoral positions at UC Berkeley and USC. His research interests are in using nanotechnology at the interface between physical and biological structures. For more on Dr.Yuzvinsky's background, please click here.

POSTDOCS  

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Dr. Aadhar Jain

Aadhar holds a postdoctoral position in Electrical Engineering at UCSC. He received his PhD from Cornell University in the department of Mechanical Engineering, where he worked on optofluidic devices for biofuel energy production. His research interests focus on biological applications of the hollow core optofluidic platform.

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Dr. Weigang Yang

Weigang holds a postdoctoral position in Electrical Engineering at UCSC. He received his PhD from the department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK. His PhD project was focused on the electric field controlled magnetization in the nanomagnetic thin films. His research interests are in ultrafast magnetization dynamics of nanostructures and spin transfer torque STT-MRAM.

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Dr. Josh Parks

Josh holds a postdoctoral position in Electrical Engineering at UCSC, where he also completed his PhD, which focused on single biomolecule analysis and hybrid integration in optofluidic devices and biophotonics.

 

STUDENTS  

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Jennifer Black

Jennifer is a PhD student in the Electrical Engineering department. She received her B.S. in Physics from Southern Polytechnic State University in December 2010. She is the recipient of the Chancellor's Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Her research interests include chip-scale atomic spectroscopy, slow and stopped light and nonlinear optics.

 

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Cassidy Berk

Cassidy is a PhD student in electrical engineering. He received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Georgetown University. His research deals with all-optical switching of nanoscale magnets.

 

Mike Jaris

Mike is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering. He graduated from the
University of Missouri in 2013 with a B.S. in both Physics and
Electrical Engineering. His current research interest is the
characterization of novel spintronic nanostructures.

 

Gopikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Meena

Gopi is a PhD student in the Electrical Engineering department and joined the applied optics group in 2014. He obtained his Integrated Masters in Science (Physics) from University of Hyderabad, India in 2013. His research interests include optofluidic and slow-light devices. Gopi is the recipient of a first-year QB3 Fellowship through the W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics.

 

Alexandra Stambaugh

Lexa is an Electrical Engineering PhD student and joined the Applied Optics group in 2014. She obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. She is the recipient of the Chancellor's Fellowship. Lexa's research interests include optofluidics and its applications.

 

Md. Mahmudur Rahman

Mahmud is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and he joined the Applied Optics group in 2014. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET), Bangladesh. His current research interests include nanopore-gated optofluidic devices.

 

Yucheng Li

Yucheng is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and joined the Applied Optics group in 2016. He obtained his B.S. in Microelectronics from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. His research interests include optofluidics and its applications.

 

Vahid Ganjalizadeh

Vahid is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and joined the Applied Optics group in 2016. He obtained his Master in Electronics from University of Tabriz, Iran. His research interests include optofluidics and its applications.

 

Nafiz Amin

Nafiz is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and joined the Applied Optics group in 2017. He obtained his B.Sc. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Bangladesh.

 

Luke Hibbard-Lubow

Luke is a Masters student in Electrical Engineering. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz in June of 2016 with a B.S. in Applied Physics and a minor in Electrical Engineering. His current research interests include several applications of nanomagnetism, particularly spin transfer torque magnetoresistive random-access memory (STT-MRAM).

 

Mark Harrington

Mark is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. His current research focuses on microcontroller integration of nanopore gated devices, and his research interests include optofluidics and other optically integrated devices.    

 

Raul Reyes

Raul is an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) stipend. His current research interests include molecular biology, linear and nonlinear optics.

 

Sarah Walker

Sarah is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. She joined the applied optics group in 2017, and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) stipend. Her current research focuses on optofluidics and its integration in biomedical applications.

 

ALUMNI  < Name / Role in AO group / Employer after leaving the group >

Dr. Damla Ozcelik / PhD Student /

Dr. Hong Cai / Postdoc /

Dr. Bipul Kumar Mahato / Postdoc /

Dr. Yu Yahagi / PhD Student / Santec Corporation

Dr. Shuo Liu / PhD Student / Cymer (ASML)

Dr. Kaelyn Leake / PhD Student / Assistant Prof. of Science & Engineering, Sweet Briar College

Dr. Aiqing Chen / Postdoc / Apple

Dr. Anjan Barman / Postdoc / Assistant Prof. of Physics, IIT Delhi

Dr. Bin Wu / PhD Student / KLA Tencor

Dr. Dongliang Yin / Postdoc / Innolume

Dr. Mikhail Rudenko / PhD Student / Oclaro

Dr. Naser Qureshi / Postdoc / Associate Prof. of Physics, UNAM, Mexico City

Dr. Philip Measor / Postdoc / KLA-Tencor

Dr. Rebekah Brandt / PhD Student / Apple

Dr. Sergei Kühn / Postdoc / Scientist, Max-Born Institute, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Suqin Wang / PhD Student / Cobalt Biofuels

Dr. Wenge Yang / PhD Student & Postdoc / Gemfire

Dr. Zhigang Liu / Postdoc /

Aleksandr Polyakov / Undergraduate Student / Grad school (UC Berkeley)

Bruno de Fanti / Visiting Researcher

Benjamin Trendelkamp-Schroer / Visiting Researcher / Grad school (University of Dresden)

Heather Levin / Undergraduate student / Intel

Jeff Peterson / Undergraduate student /

Jessica Ashizawa / MS student / Novellus

Anik Duttaroy / MS Student / Ventana Medical Systems

Kavit Kumar / Undergraduate student / Grad school (Columbia University)

Kevin Louchis / Undergraduate student / Grad school (UC Davis)

Melissa Eberle / Undergraduate student / Grad school (UC Riverside)

Mark Lum / Undergraduate student /

Palmer Taylor / Undergraduate student / Independent film maker

Payton Marshall / Undergraduate student /

Peter Minogue / Staff /

Reed Johnson / Summer Intern / Undergraduate school (UC Berkeley)

Robert Hoelle / Staff /

Samantha Downey / Undergraduate student /

Senait Gebredingle / Undergraduate student / Grad school (Cal Poly SLO)

Shamik Mascharak / High School Student / Stanford University

Stephane Grenat / EAP exchange student / National Instruments, France

Steve Kuhn / Undergraduate student / Law school (Santa Clara University)

Tamara Pico / Undergraduate student / Princeton University

Tianxiang Xiong / Undergraduate student / Duke University

Trevor Vogt / Undergraduate student /

Wesley Zuber / Undergraduate student / ASIC Advantage

Will Melitz / Undergraduate Student /Grad school (UC San Diego)

Aaron Szasz / Undergraduate Student /Harvard University

Trevor Bailey / Undergraduate Student /Princeton University

Soren Almquist / Undergraduate Student / Cymer (ASML)


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