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 to EOP, with 5 of them being in the BS+MS program.  Two of these students received scholarships from the Chinese government. Also 1 MS and 1 PhD student joined us from Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) in Mexico.  Furthermore, under the joint agreement with HUST, three of our faculty went to teach courses in Wuhan last year.  Courses being co-taught at HUST include geometrical optics, solid state physics and electro-optic devices.

As a new department, EOP developed and finalized its bylaws.  Conditions and expectations for joint appointments have now been clearly enunciated. To date, Imad Agha, Andy Chong and Chenglong Zhao from Physics, and Monish Chatterjee and Russ Hardie from Electrical and Computer Engineering have been given joint appointments with EOP.

Very recently, EOP has overhauled its candidacy exam.  A candidacy exam committee will now oversee the exam; also, an oral exam component has been 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, along with 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 a STTR Phase I subcontract from Aegis Technologies, Huntsville, to work on an Air Force project titled “phase-change materials for optical limiting”.  Collaboration with Quantum Screening, a small company in Pasadena, California and a medical team from the University of Southern California on sensing of cancer biomolecules in saliva is beginning to take shape.  And 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

Related Links

New courses - Spring 2018

Introduction to Atmospheric Optics EOP 695:

Optical Design EOP, 601

Contemporary Topics in Optics and Photonics, EOP 510 (0 credit hour)

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