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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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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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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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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Jiejun Zhang

 

PhD, University of Ottawa

Research Supervisors: Dr. Jianping Yao

Research Topic and Description: My PhD research focused on microwave signal processors based on fiber optical systems. My current post-doc research at the University of Ottawa focuses on realizing such microwave signal processors on a photonic integrated circuit, which is based on silicon photonics and group III-V materials platform. Different signal processing functions such as filtering, differentiation, integration, Fourier transformation, Hilbert transformation and time stretching will be investigated for signals with a frequency up to the THz range.  Such integrated signal processors have the potential to overcome the bandwidth bottleneck of modern digital signal processors. 

Research interests: Microwave photonics, photonic integrated circuit based on silicon photonics and group III-V materials for microwave signal processing applications. 

Previous Degrees and Universities: MSc Optical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Current Lab: Microwave Photonics Research Lab, University of Ottawa

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Minglei Ma

PhD, University of British Columbia

Research Supervisors: Dr. Lukas Chrostowski

Research Topic and Description: Minglei's research topic focus on design and implementation of automated WDM-PDM photonic integrated circuits for high-speed optical communication applications, and Bragg grating based filter on SOI platform. 

Research interests: Silicon photonic grating based (de)multiplexer, Polarization diversity integrated circuits.

Previous Degrees and Universities: MSc, Beihang University; BSc, Xidian University

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


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Hong Deng

 

MASc, University of Ottawa

Research Supervisor: Dr. Jianping Yao

Previous Degrees and Universities: Bachelor of Science in Optoelectronic Information Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 

Current Lab: Microwave Photonics Research Lab, University of Ottawa

 

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Jeremy Miller

MASc, McMaster University

Research Supervisor: Dr. Peter Mascher and Dr. Andrew Knights

Research Topic and Description: Development of Rare Earth doped silicon based material for use as a gain material for Silicon photonics applications.

Previous Degrees and Universities: Bachelor of Engineering, Carleton University



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Matthew Haines

MSc, McGill University

Research Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Kirk

Previous Degrees and Universities: Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Waterloo

 

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