Alex A Kazemi a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow and materials scientist has worked for aerospace industry for past 20 years. He is currently focusing on the development of a new generation of optical fibers for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Alex is a world-recognized Micro Technologist with a focus on fiber optics, miniaturized interconnects, leak detection systems, fiber optic sensors for the cryogenic environment and laser micro packaging. He is regarded as the leading expert in these areas by industry and academia, including US and European aerospace agencies. He is regularly sought as an expert on fiber optics, fiber optic chemical sensors and components, throughout the Boeing Co. At BCA, he is developing a new novel state-of-the-art fiber optic flexible circuits (wall fiber) to replace copper cables for airplanes with projected weight saving of 70% per meter with cost savings of almost an order of magnitude over wire replacement expenses. At BDS, he has performed pioneering work for Boeing EELV by successfully demonstrating the world’s 1st fiber optic hydrogen leak detection system during Delta IV rocket engine test at NASA/Stennis. Before beginning his career in industry, he spent several years teaching at USC. Followed by 10 years working for telecommunications and fiber optic sensors/MEMS industry. He has authored/edited 8 books in the area of Photonics and Fiber Optics plus published over 40 papers in international journals. He has received Boeing and worldwide recognition for development of H2 leak detection sensor system for rocket engines. He has received numerous industry prizes and patents.
Dr. Michelle R. Stem has a Ph.D. in materials science engineering, MBA in management and B.S. in chemistry. Post-doc research and continued work as Senior Materials Researcher at Complete Consulting Services, LLC. Dr. Stem applies interdisciplinary expertise through multiscale analysis, computational modeling and laboratory synthesis to study extremely rare inorganic, complex and semi-conductor (ICS) materials. Dr. Stem researches ICS structural and property variations to discover and ultimately engineer new methods, applications, models, materials and metamaterials with the goal of controlling photonic, phononic, optoelectronic, band gap and other properties. In addition, Dr. Stem's research develops materials that save energy (e.g. power differentials for photonic band gap versus electronic materials) and finds alternatives to using up rare resources.
Robert Alfano is an Italian-American experimental physicist. He is a Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at the City College and Graduate School of New York of the City University of New York, where he is also the founding Director of the Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers (1982). He is a pioneer in the fields of Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy, Ultrafast lasers and optics, tunable lasers, semiconductor materials and devices, optical materials, biophysics, nonlinear optics and photonics; he has also worked extensively in nanotechnology and coherent backscattering. His discovery of the white-light supercontinuum laser is at the root of optical coherence tomography, which is breaking barriers in ophthalmology, cardiology, and oral cancer detection (see "Better resolution with multibeam OCT," page 28) among other applications. He initiated the field known now as Optical Biopsy
He recently calculated he has brought in $62 million worth of funding to CUNY during his career, averaging $1.7 million per year. He states that he has accomplished this feat by "hitting the pavement"; he developed a habit of aggressively reaching out to funding partners and getting them interested in his work. Alfano has made discoveries that have furthered biomedical optics, in addition to fields such as optical communications, solid-state physics, and metrology.
Alfano has an outstanding track record for achievements regarding the development of biomedical instruments. His contributions to photonics are documented in more than 700 research articles, 102 patents, several edited volumes and conference proceedings, and well over 10,000 citations. He holds 45 patents and published over 230 articles in the biomedical optics area alone. His discovery of the white-light supercontinuum laser is at the root of optical coherence tomography, which is breaking barriers in ophthalmology, cardiology, and oral cancer detection (see "Better resolution with multibeam OCT," page 28) among other applications. Alfano has trained and mentored over 52 PhD candidates and 50 post-doctoral students. For the past ten years, he has trained innumerable high school students in hands on photonics.
Areas of Expertise/Research
Bonding of Tissues with Light Biomedical Optics and Detection of Cancer with Light Spectroscopy Expertise in Properties of Light and Photonics Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers Physics and Electrical Engineering Science and Engineering
Manijeh Razeghi is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Electrical Engineering at Northwestern University and Director of the Center for Quantum Devices, which she founded in 1991 after a successful 10-year career as the Director of Exploratory Materials at Thomson-CSF, France. She is one of the leading scientists in the field of semiconductor science and technology, having pioneered the development and implementation of major modern epitaxial techniques. Her current research interest is in nanoscale optoelectronic quantum devices from deep-UV up to terahertz. At Northwestern University she has commercialized aluminum-free pump lasers, developed type-II superlattices for next generation infrared imagers (an area in which she holds key patents), and currently holds most of the quantum cascade lasers records for high power and tunability. She has authored 18 books, 31 books chapters, and more than 1000 journal publications. She is editor, associate, and board member of many journals, including Nano Science and Nano technology. Her awards include the IBM Europe Science and Technology Prize, the SWE Lifetime Achievement Award, the R.F. Bunshah Award, the IBM faculty award, Jan Czochralski Gold Medal, and many best paper awards. She is a fellow of SWE, SPIE, IEC, OSA, APS, IOP, IEEE, and MRS.
Peter J. Delfyett received the B.E.(E.E.) degree from The City College of New York in 1981, the M.S. degree in EE from The University of Rochester in 1983, the M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from The Graduate School & University Center of the City University of New York in 1987 and 1988, respectively. His Ph.D. thesis was focused on developing a real time ultrafast spectroscopic probe to study molecular and phonon dynamics in condensed matter using optical phase conjugation techniques.
After obtaining the Ph.D. degree, he joined Bell Communication Research as a Member of the Technical Staff, where he concentrated his efforts towards generating ultrafast high power optical pulses from semiconductor diode lasers, for applications in applied photonic networks. Some of his technical accomplishments were the development of the world’s fastest, most powerful modelocked semiconductor laser diode, the demonstration of an optically distributed clocking network for high speed digital switches and supercomputer applications, and the first observation of the optical nonlinearity induced by the cooling of highly excited electron-hole pairs in semiconductor optical amplifiers. While at Bellcore, Dr. Delfyett received numerous awards for his technical achievements in these areas, including the Bellcore Synergy Award and the Bellcore Award of Appreciation.
Dr. Delfyett joined the faculty at the College of Optics & Photonics and the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida in 1993, and currently holds the positions of University of Central Florida Trustee Chair Professor of Optics, ECE & Physics.
Dr. Delfyett served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (2001-2006), and served on the Board of Directors of the Optical Society of America. He served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, was Executive Editor of IEEE LEOS Newsletter (1995-2000) and sits on the Presidential Science Advisory Council of the Orlando Science Center. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Fellow of IEEE/LEOS, was a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE-LEOS (2000-2002), and is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi, and SPIE. Dr. Delfyett has been awarded the 1992 YMCA New Jersey Black Achievement Award, the 1993 National Black Engineer of the Year Award – Most Promising Engineer, the University Distinguished Research Award ’99, and highlighted in Design News’ “Engineering Achievement Awards”. In addition, Dr. Delfyett has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Faculty Fellow Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which is awarded to the Nation’s top 20 young scientists. Dr. Delfyett has published over 500 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings, has been awarded 30 United States Patents, and has been highlighted on ‘C-SPAN’, “mainstreekweek.com” and in “Career Encounters”, a PBS Special on technical careers in the optics and photonics field. Dr. Delfyett was awarded the 1999 University Distinguished Researcher of the Year Award, the 2000 Black Engineer of the Year Award – Outstanding Alumnus Achievement, and the 2000 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. He was awarded the University of Central Florida’s 2001 Pegasus Professor Award which is the highest honor awarded by the University. He is also a Founding Member in NSF’s Scientists and Engineers in the School Program, which is a program to teach 8th graders about the benefits of science, engineering and technology in society. In 2003, Dr. Delfyett received the Technology Innovation Award from the Orlando Economic Development Commission. He was selected as one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science in 2004” and as a “Science Trailblazer in 2005 and 2006” by Career Communications Group and Science Spectrum Magazine. Dr. Delfyett has also endeavored to transfer technology to the private sector, and helped to found “Raydiance, Inc.” which is a spin-off company developing high power, ultrafast laser systems, based on Dr. Delfyett’s research, for applications in medicine, defense, material processing, biotech and other key technological markets. Dr. Delfyett was also elected to serve 2 terms as President of the National Society of Black Physicists (2008-2012). Most recently, he was awarded the APS Edward Bouchet Award for his significant scientific contributions in the area of ultrafast optical device physics and semiconductor diode based ultrafast lasers, and for his exemplary and continuing efforts in the career development of underrepresented minorities in science and engineering.
Awards & Honors
International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Fellow
American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
IEEE Photonics Society Fellow
Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow
2019 Excellence in Graduate Teaching College Award
2014 Florida Academy of Science’s 2014 Medalist
2013 National Academy of Inventors Fellow
2013 Letter of Appreciation – SPIE
2013 Faculty Excellence for Mentoring Doctoral Students
2013 College Research Incentive Award (RIA)
2012 Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students
2012 College Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
2012 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
2011 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
2011 APS Edward Bouchet Award
2010 American Physical Society Edward Bouchet Award
2010 IEEE Photonic Society Graduate Student Fellowship
2010 SPIE Educational Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering
2010 Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Award to attend CLEO
2006 Science Spectrum Trailblazer
2005 District Advocate for the American Physical Society
2005 Science Spectrum Outstanding Black Professional in Science
2003 Technology Innovation Award
2003 UCF Millionaire’s Club
2002 Pegasus Professor Award
2002 UCF Distinguished Research Professor Award
2002 UCF Millionaire’s Club
2001 UCF Nguzo Saba Award
2000 Research Incentive Award (RIA)
Conducting research on ultrafast high power optical pulses from semiconductor diode lasers, for applications in applied photonic networks and laser induced materials modification.
Martin Richardson graduated from Imperial College, London, in Physics (1964) and gained his Ph.D in Photon Physics from London University in 1967 as the first student to graduate in lasers under the advisement of the late Daniel Bradley. For his thesis he studied the spectral characteristics of laser modes, investigated non-linear optical processes in dense plasmas and developed a new high power dual frequency laser. Although lasers were then still considered ‘a solution looking for a problem’, after the award of the 1964 Nobel Prize to Townes, Prokhorov and Basov for inventing the concept of the laser, many new laser research teams were being created worldwide. Richardson joined one of the first laser groups investigating laser and plasmas in the Division of Gerhardt Herzberg at the National Research Council Laboratories in Ottawa. Mode-locking as a technique for creating ultrashort laser pulses had just been invented, and he was the first to create plasmas in gases by amplified single ultrashort laser pulses. He stayed at NRC until 1979, making contributions to the development of new lasers, including patents on the discharge-pumped CO2 laser that launched the Lumonics corporation, nonlinear optics, mid-IR laser selective dissociation of molecules, the precursor to laser isotope separation, and the development of ultra-fast optical diagnostics. His work on laser-produced plasmas lead to the creation of the first Canadian team focused on laser fusion. Collaborations with the Lebedev Institute resulted in the development of the picosecond streak camera. In 1974 Richardson spent five months in the Soviet Union in the laboratories of Alexandr Prokhorov at the Lebedev Institute. In 1980 he joined the University of Rochester where he worked for nine years as group leader for laser fusion experiments for the then new 24-beam OMEGA laser system at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. He also held an adjunct faculty in the Institute of Optics. While at Rochester he was also involved in x-ray laser and laser-plasma x-ray spectroscopy investigations. In 1990 he and William Silfvast established the Laser Plasma Laboratory at CREOL, the Center of Research in Electro-Optics & Lasers at UCF, developing research programs in ultrafast laser development, laser-plasma studies, EUV/X-ray lithography and microscopy and laser materials processing. These research activities expanded to include femtosecond laser structuring of materials, laser spectroscopy and sensing and high-intensity laser filamentation studies in the atmosphere. In 2003 he was appointed the Northrop Grumman Professor of X-ray Photonics as part of major $24M donation to UCF. He was made a Trustee Chair of the University in 2006, and appointed as the first and founding director of the Townes Laser Institute in 2007. Professor Richardson has throughout his career taken an intense interest in the education of his students. In Canada he introduced schemes through which students from Canadian universities could study for their Ph.D’s at NRC-Canada. He directs an NSF International REU program, and has initiated an Atlantis program for students to obtain a international MS degree between UCF and the universities of Bordeaux, Jena and Clemson. Some of his students gain co-tutelle Ph.D degrees with the University of Bordeaux. He is particularly interested in advancing science in under-developed countries, and in enabling equal rights for women through science. Professor Richardson has held visiting scientific positions at the Max Born Institute in Berlin, the Institute for Laser Engineering (ILE) Osaka University, the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, and other institutions in Australia, Canada, France, Qatar and the former Soviet Union. He has published over 400 scientific articles in professional scientific journals, and has presented numerous invited and plenary talks. He holds ~ 20 patents, with several pending and has chaired many international conferences including IQEC, ICHSP, and several SPIE meetings. He is a former Associate Editor of JQE, a recipient of the Schardin Medal, and a Fellow of OSA.
Zenghu Chang is a University Trustee Chair, Pegasus and Distinguished Professor at the University of Central Florida, where he directs the Institute for the Frontier of Attosecond Science and Technology. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and Optical Society of America. Chang graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China with a bachelor’s degree in 1982. He then earned a master’s and a doctorate at the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 1985 and 1988 respectively. From 1991 to 1993, Chang visited the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory sponsored by the Royal Society fellowship. He worked at the University of Michigan after 1996. Then joined the Kansas State University in 2001 and later became the Ernest & Lillian Chapin Professor. In 2010, Chang started the joined faculty position in CREOL and physics department at the University of Central Florida.
Research Interests: Attosecond Science, Ultrafast high power laser, AMO physics
Dr. Lingyan Shi’s pioneering work in developing and applying novel optical techniques has led to a number of significant breakthroughs in biophotonics with major implications for the fields of neuroscience and cancer research and is allowing us to visualize the mechanisms underlying everyday processes and disease. One of Dr. Shi’s most significant discoveries has been the development of a new experimental technique that combines heavy water labeling and a relatively new imaging method, stimulated Raman scattering microscopy, to probe the metabolic activities of living tissues at subcellular resolution in situ. This discovery facilitates the visualization of tumor boundaries, embryonic development, and even aging in biological tissue. Another significant scientific contribution is her discovery of the “Golden Optical Window” – a unique band of infrared wavelengths that can penetrate deeper into biological tissues than other wavelengths of light during imaging, thereby dramatically increasing the imaging depth possible in brain tissue by as much as 50%. In addition, Dr. Shi has developed an early-detection spectral technique that could provide doctors with a tool for the early-stage detection of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Ed Mendoza leads the technology and business strategy vision for Redondo Optics, with over thirty years of experience as a senior executive, strategic business development, and technology innovation in fast-growth star-up companies focus on emerging markets in aviation & aerospace, smart structures, renewable energy, life sciences, oil & gas, and defense and security. Ed received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York. Currently works in fields ranging from fiber optics sensors, silicon photonics, smart wearable fabrics, optical metrology, remote sensing, Lab-on-Chip opto-fluidics, diffractive and refractive optics, and nanomaterials
Nicolas Javahiraly is an associate professor in physics at the University of Strasbourg. He did his PhD in Photonics at the same university on fiber optic sensors. After a post-doc at Harvard University on the interaction between ultra-short laser pulses and matter, he worked as a project manager and expert in the Sagem Defense group in Paris. He joined the University of Strasbourg in 2007 and is currently working on nano-optical sensors and plasmonics for various applications such as gas detection, pollutants detection and photoconversion systems for example.
Mahmoud Fallahi is a professor in the college of optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toulouse and LAAS-CNRS, in 1988. He joined the National Research Council of Canada in 1989 and became a member of technical staff as a Research Scientist during 1992-1995. He joined the University of Arizona as an Assistant professor in 1995. His recent research interests are in high power semiconductor lasers, tunable sources, nonlinear frequency generation, photonic integrated circuits, micro/nanofabrication, and hybrid organic-inorganic components for heterogeneous integration. He has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, international conference proceedings and invited talks. He has authored or co-authored several book chapters, patents and invention disclosures. He has served as Conference Chair and Program Committee member in several international conferences in the field of semiconductor lasers and integrated optics. He is also the co-founder of TPhotonics Inc. During August 2014 –Aug. 2017 he has been with the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Program Director of the photonics program in the ECCS Division of Engineering Directorate, promoting and managing translational research programs in the field of optics and photonics.
Fu Yuegnag, Dean of the school of opto-electronics Engineering, Changchun University of Science and Technology, China. His research interest is Spectral imaging, Polarization imaging and bioinspired optics. He has published more than 90 papers and was granted with 20 patents. He is the Director of the Key Laboratory of Opto-electronic Measurement and Optical Information Transmission Technology Ministry of Education and Vice-Chairman of the Committee for Standardization of Photoelectric Measurement (TC487).
Hyungsik Lim received PhD in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University and did postdoctoral studies on optical coherence tomography (OCT) at Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine and on multiphoton microscopy (MPM) at Cornell University, in the laboratory of Watt W. Webb. He is currently an associate professor in physics, Hunter College and the City University of New York.
Named one of Florida's five most influential scientists, Florida Trend magazine, November 2004.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, 1997-1998
International Patent: Murshid Syed and Rumpf Raymond “Fiber Optic Fabry-Perot interferometers and associated methods” European Patent Office June, 2006.
US Patents: Murshid S., and Lovell G., "All-optical spatial domain multiplexing de-multiplexer" United States Patent No. 9,529,147, December 27, 2016.
Murshid S., and Finch M., "Omnidirectional free space optical communications receiver" United States Patent No. 9,515,729, December 6, 2016.
Murshid S., and Khayrattee A., "Orbital angular momentum in spatially multiplexed optical fiber communications" United States Patent No. 8,396,371, March 12, 2013.
Murshid S., “Array of concentric CMOS photodiodes for detection and de-multiplexing of spatially modulated optical channels” United States Patent No. 8,278,728, October 2, 2012
Murshid S., et al “Methods and apparatus for spatial multiplexing in optical communication”. (7,639,909) December 2009.
Murshid S., Grossman B., Narakorn P., “Methods and apparatus for spatial domain multiplexing in optical fiber communications”. (7,174,067). February 06, 2007.
Rumpf R and Murshid Syed, “Fiber Optic Fabry-Perot interferometers and associated methods”. (6,886,365), also awarded International patent on a similar invention. May 03, 2005.
Murshid Syed H., “Fiber optic level detection system.”(6,801,678) October 05, 2004.
Boris Gramatikov obtained his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Biomedical Engineering in Germany, and his Ph.D. in Bulgaria. He has completed a number of postdoctoral studies in Germany, Italy and the United States. He joined the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department of The Johns Hopkins University in 1996, and has been working in the Laboratory of Ophthalmic Instrumentation Development at The Wilmer Eye Institute since 2000. His areas of expertise include electronics, optoelectronics, computers, computer modeling, signal/image processing, data analysis, instrumentation design, biophotonics, ophthalmic and biomedical optics, polarization optics, all applied to the development of diagnostic methods and devices for ophthalmology and vision research. His team has developed a series of pediatric vision screeners. He has over 120 publications, 41 of which in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. He serves as a reviewer and editorial board member with a number of technical and medical journals.
Dr. Xiaoyi Bao is a Canada Research Chair professor in Fibre Optics and Photonics at the Physics Department, University of Ottawa. Her research interests include: development and applications of distributed fiber sensors in civil structural health-monitoring, dynamic polarization mode dispersion monitoring in aerial, buried and submarine fibers, impairments in high-speed communication systems, and mode locked laser developments. She received the University of New Brunswick Merit Award in 1997, Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2001, Ontario Distinguish Researcher Award in 2002, the University of Ottawa Inventor of the Year Award for 2003, and Researcher of Year Award from Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa in 2004. In 2006 she received the NCE (National Centers of Excellence) Chair’s Medal. She has published over 145 referred journal papers with over 150 conference proceeding papers. Her group has transferred 4 applied photonics technologies to industry.
Bonggu Shim has completed his undergraduate education from Seoul National University in South Korea and graduate education from the University of Texas at Austin. His Ph.D. project was experimental harmonic generation from atomic clusters under intense femtosecond laser fields. During his postdoctoral training at Cornell University, he worked on experimental and computational laser filamentation and laser micromachining. He is currently working as an associate professor for Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY) and his group at Binghamton focuses on experimental and computational nonlinear optics.