Students

Alireza Samani

PhD, McGill University 

Research Interests: cost and energy efficient high speen silicon photonic devices and subsyste

Research Supervisor: David Plant

Previous Degrees and Universities: Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Honors Electrical Engineering, Graduated with Distinction, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, 2012ms to be used in the next generation communication systems

Current lab: The Photonics System Group, McGill University


 

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Chris Williams 

PhD, McGill University / Concordia University

Research Supervisor: Dr. Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur (McGill University) and Dr. Glenn Cowan (Concordia University)

Research topic and description: TBD

Research interests: Microelectronic circuits, semiconductor devices, analog filters and optical communications.

Previous Degrees and Universities: 
MASc in Microelectronic Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

B.Eng in Electrical Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Collegial degree (DEC) in Electronics, Dawson College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Current labs: The Photonics Systems Group, McGill University / Mixed-Signal VLSI Group, Concordia University

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David Hagan

MASc, McMaster University

Research Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Knights

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Previous Degrees and Universities:  

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David Patel

MASc, McGill University

Research Supervisor: Dr. David Plant 






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Ellen Schelew

Ellen Schelew

PhD, The University of British Columbia

Research Supervisor: Dr.Jeff Young 

Research topic and description: 

Tunable photonic crystal cavities in SOI. Ellen’s research focuses on design, modeling and testing of tunable integrated photonic circuits, for quantum and classical information applications. A key objective is to remotely tune optical resonators in planar photonic crystal-based integrated circuits fabricated at a silicon photonics foundry, using CMOS electronic devices.

Research interests: Integrated photonic circuits in silicon-on-insulator (SOI), CMOS foundry fabrication, photonic crystals, quantum dots, optical resonators

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Haibo Liang

Haibo Liang

PhD, McMaster University 

Research supervisor:  Dr.Wei-Ping Huang  

Research topic and description: Computer Aided Design in Large Scale Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuits. A circuit model for CAD for large scale Si-PIC will be investigated by taking both the guided and radiation fields into consideration. After partitioning the Si-PIC into series of basic circuit elements and applying numerical techniques for single photonic device, parameters describing the terminal properties can be achieved and the complex scattering matrix formalism can be used to simulate the total performance of Si-PIC.  

Research interests: Simulation, design and numerical algorithm for passive photonic device based on complex field analysis. Application of parallel algorithm using Graphic Process Unit in simulation of photonic device 

Previous Degrees and Universities: MASc, McMaster University, Ontario 

Bachelor of Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China  

Current lab: Photonic CAD Lab, McMaster University 

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Jonas Flueckiger

Jonas Flueckiger

PhD, The University of British Columbia

Research Supervisor: Dr. Karen Cheung

Research topic and description: The aim of Jonas’s research is to use silicon nanophotonics to address the need of a sensor for whole blood analysis. His research inlolves investigating passive silicon photonics sensors, integrated detectors, and packaging and integration of the device with microfluidics for sample preparation and analysis. 

Research interests: Gas Sensors, Bio Sensors, Optical Sensors, BioMEMS, Microfluidics, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Biophotonics, Micro- and Nano-Fabrication 

Previous Degrees and Universities:

Master of Microtechnology, Ecole Polytéchnique de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Bachelor of Microtechnology, Ecole Polytéchnique de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

Current lab: BioMEMS Lab, Microsystems and Nanotechnology (MINA), ECE, UBC 

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Kyle Murray 

MASc, The University of British Columbia

Research Supervisor: Dr. Lukas Chrostowski

Research Interests: Photonics, Optics, Semiconductor Physics, Laser Physics, Nanofabrication

Current Lab: Microsystems and Nanotechnology Group, UBC

Previous Degrees and Universities: 

B.Eng. in Engineering Physics at McMaster University


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Ming Ma

PhD, McGill University

Research Supervisor: Dr. Lawrence R. Chen

Research topic and description: nonlinear optical and microwave signal processing based on integrated silicon devices

Research interests: silicon photonics, microwave photonics, nonlinear all-optical signal processing.

Previous Degrees and Universities: 
MSc in Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs.Lyngby, Denmark

B.Eng in Electrical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China

Current labs: The Photonics Systems Group, McGill University

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Monireh MoayediMonireh Moayedi

PhD, McGill University

Research supervisor: Dr.Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur (McGill University) and Prof. Glenn Cowan (Concordia University)

Research topic and description:  Monireh's research focuses on low power, high frequency optoelectronic circuits for optical communication. Development of Silicon based optical devices gives the opportunity of integrating electronic and photonic devices on a single chip which provides cost, space, power, and reliability advantages.

Research interests: Optoelectronic integrated circuit, SOI optical devices, Power efficient high-speed optical receivers, Power efficient Soft-Decision Forward Error Correction (SD-FEC) optical receivers

Previous Degrees and Universities:

M.Sc. in Electronics Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran 2009

B. Sc. in Electronics Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran 2006

Current lab: The Photonics Systems Group, McGill University

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Mohammed AlTaha

MASc, The University of British Columbia 

Research supervisor: Dr. Shahriar Mirabbasi, Dr. Sudip Shekhar 

Research Interests: smart tuning and calibration circuits for optimal chip performance.

Previous Degrees and Universities: BASc in Electrical Engineering, University of British Columbia

Current lab: .

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Nasrin Ehteshami

PhD, University of Ottawa

Research supervisor: Dr. Jianping Yao

Research topic and description: Silicon photonics for Microwave photonics application, Microwave photonic signal processing. Nasrin's research focuses on designing silicon photonics based circuits for Microwave photonic applications

Research interests: Silicon photonics design, Mirowave photonics, Integrated silicon photonics systems for microwave photonic applications

Previous Degrees and Universities:

M.Sc. in Electronics Engineering, University of Science and Technology, Iran

B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering, Urmia University, Urmia

Current lab: Microwave Photonics Research Laboratory (MWPLab), University of Ottawa


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Nourhan Eid

MASc, The University of British Columbia

Research supervisor: Dr. Nick Jaeger

Research interests: Optics, Communication systems

Previous Degrees and Universities: Bachelors of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa

Current lab: 

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Ross Anthony

MASc, McMaster University

Research Supervisor: Dr.Andrew Knights

Research Topic and Description: My Research focuses on the growth of thin films of germanium on silicon which can be used for germanium photodetectors. By implanting germanium into silicon and oxidizing in a wet environment, germanium begins to pile up at the silicon oxide interface. The resulting germanium is matched to the crystal of the underlying silicon.

Research interests: Photonics, Optics, Integrated Photodetectors, Material Characterization

  

 

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Rubana Priti

PhD, McGill University

Research Supervisor: Dr.Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur

Research interests: Si integrated nanophotonics, plasmonic waveguides and interconnects, nanoscale characterization of optoelectronic devices. 

Previous Degrees and Universities: 

MS in Electrical Engineering, South Dakota State University, SD, USA

MS and B.Sc. in Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Venkat Veerasubramanian

Post Doctoral Fellow, McGill University

Research Supervisor: Dr. David Plant

Research Topic and Description: Venkat's current research focuses on the design, testing, and packaging of silicon photonic devices for short reach applications. He is also working on device packaging to realize a packaged-integrated transceiver using a mix of wirebonding and flip chip bonding.

Research interests: Silicon photonics, Optoelectronic packaging, Heterogeneous integration, Nonlinear fiber optics

Previous Degrees and Universities: 

PhD, Electrical Engineering, McGill University

MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland

Current lab: The Photonics Systems Group, McGill University

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Weifeng Zhang

PhD, University of Ottawa

Research Supervisor: Dr.Jianping Yao

Research Topic and Description: Microwave photonic signal processing and Silicon photonics in the application of Microwave photonics


Research interests: Silicon photonics, Microwave photonics 


Previous Degrees and Universities: 

M.Sc, Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China  

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Yun Wang

PhD, The University of British Columbia

Research Supervisor: Dr. Lukas Chrostowski

Research Topic and Description: Grating based silicon photonic devices and high-speed photonic systems for optical communication. I am also interested in the integration of silicon photonic chips with CMOS chips.

Research interests: Silicon photonics, Microwave photonics 

Previous Degrees and Universities: 

MASc, Electrical Engineering, The University of British Columbia

B.A. Optoelectronic Engineering, June 2011 Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China

Current Lab: Photonics Lab, UBC

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Zhao Wang

PhD, McMaster University

Research Supervisors: Dr. Andrew Knights and Dr. D.T. Cassidy

Research Topic and Description: Integration of multiple ring modulator for WDM system

Research interests: Integrated photonic system for interconnection. Active devices such as modular and photodetector

Previous Degrees and Universities: 

Bachelor's degree of Optical Engineering, Tianjin University, China 

Master Degree of Optics and Photonics, Master Degree with Honor awarded, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Internship at Carl Zeiss AG, Germany

Current Lab: Silicon Photonics Lab, McMaster University

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Paul Morin
MEng, McGill University

Research Supervisor: Dr. Lawrence R. Chen

Research topic and description: Silicon photonic Bragg grating-based optical filters

Research interests: Integrated photonics, packaging, nanotechnology

Previous Degrees and Universities: 

BASc in Nanotechnology Engineering, the University of Waterloo, Canada

Current labs: The Photonic Systems Group, McGill University

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Enxiao Luan

PhD, The University of British Columbia

Research Supervisor: Dr. Karen Cheung, Dr. Lukas Chrostowski 

Research topic and description: Monitoring Water Quality Using Silicon Photonics Sensors and Technologies.

The goal of the project is to develop a sensor that can monitor the concentrations of pesticides in water using a combination of silicon photonics and a functionalized biological surface.The presence of pesticides in water monitoring is important for applications in drinking water and for monitoring agricultural run-off. This project will investigate the design of a silicon photonics chip with waveguides featuring strong fluid interaction (thin waveguides, sub-wavelength grating waveguides, TM polarized wave-guides). The devices will be SOI-based resonator sensors, optimized within the constraints of multi-project wafer foundries for possibility of future mass fabrication.

Research interests: Bio-MEMS, Bio-Sensors, Optical Sensors, Microfluidics, Self-assemble QDs

Previous Degrees and Universities: M.Eng. In Biomedical Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology, China

B.Sc. In Biotechnology at Harbin Institute of Technology, China

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Mahdi Nikdast
Post-Doc, McGill University / Polytechnique Montréal

Research Supervisor: Dr. Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur (McGill University) / Dr. Gabriela Nicolescu (Polytechnique Montréal)

Research topic and description: Mahdi’s current research focuses on the design, implementation, and challenges of silicon photonic integrated circuits. 


Research interests: Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits, Silicon Photonics, Optical / Photonic Interconnects, Embedded and Computing Systems, Many-core Systems, Computer Architecture

Previous Degrees and Universities: Ph.D. in Electronic and Computer Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Current labs The Photonics Systems Group, McGill University / Heterogeneous Embedded System Lab., Polytechnique Montréal

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Rui Li 

PhD, McGill University

Research Supervisor: David V. Plant

Research interests: high speed silicon photonics modulators

Previous Degrees and Universitites: Bachelor of Engineering, Department of Optical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China

Current labs: The Photonics System Group, McGill University

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Yannick D'Mello

MEng, McGill University

Research Supervisor:  David Plant

Research interests: Interaction, manipulation and conversion processes between energy and matter. More specifically, their application in nonlinear photonic components, fiber couplers, nonlinear materials and photonic crystals.

Previous Degrees and Universities: B.Eng. Engineering Physics Co-op with a minor in Economics, Carleton University

Current labsThe Photonics System Group, McGill University

 

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Zeqin Lu

PhD, The University of British Columbia

Research Supervisor: Dr. Lukas Chrostowski

Research Interest: Low power, large scale silicon photonic switch networks.

Previous Degree and Universities: 

MASc, Optical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, 2013.

B.S., Optoelectronic Engineering, Shenzhen University, China, 2011

Current Lab: Microsystem and Nanotechnology Lab (MiNa), UBC

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