Chair's Message

Welcome to 2018!  As the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics (EOP) celebrates its second year, there are several exciting things from the past year to report.

In 2017, EOP graduated 6 PhDs and 8 MS students. Meanwhile, 6 students from the Huazong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China came, and 5 are in the BS+MS program. Two of them received scholarships from the Chinese government. 1 MS and 1 PhD student joined us from Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) in Mexico. Under joint agreement with HUST, three of our faculty taught in Wuhan last year; courses included geometrical optics, solid state physics and electro-optic devices.

As a new department, EOP finalized its bylaws. Conditions and expectations for joint appointments is clearly enunciated. To date, Imad Agha, Andy Chong and Chenglong Zhao from physics, and Monish Chatterjee and Russ Hardie from electrical and computer engineering, are joint appointments with EOP.

Recently, EOP overhauled its candidacy exam. A committee will oversee the exam, and an oral exam component was added for those who score slightly lower than the passing score for the written exam.

Our faculty continue to excel in their research and associated activities. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Andy Chong $300K for the “development of visible ultrafast mode-locked fiber lasers."  Imad Agha, and Andrew Sarangan, received a $200K grant from NSF for collaborative research on “nanopatterning and temporal control of phase-change materials for reconfigurable photonics."  Joe Haus received an STTR Phase I subcontract from Aegis Technologies, Huntsville, to work on an air force project titled “phase-change materials for optical limiting."  A collaboration with Quantum Screening, a Pasadena, CA, company and a medical team from the University of Southern California will investigate sensing of cancer biomolecules in saliva. Mikhail Vorontsov recently received a $900K grant on “novel characterization measurements and meteorological-driven modeling of turbulence for directed energy applications” from the Joint Technology Office (JTO-HEL MIR grant).

Finally, I would like to specially recognize a newcomer to the department (and the world), Samahah Falah.  Congratulations to her proud parents and EOP PhD students, Farzia Karim and Md. Shah Alam.

Best wishes to all and warm regards,
Partha Banerjee, Chair, EOP 

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