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Lih Lin

  • Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor, Physics

Lih Y. Lin joined the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington in 2003, where she is now a Professor. She received Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1996. From 1996 to 2000, she works in AT&T Labs-Research as a Senior Technical Staff Member. Her main research activity was in micromachined technologies for optical switching and lightwave communication system. In March 2000, she joined Tellium, Inc. as Director of Optical Technologies to work on high-port-count MEMS optical crossconnects, where she had a sip of telecom start-up frenzy, was gladly terminated, and happily found her next home back to academia. Her current research interests are in quantum dot nanophotonics, nanostructure-enhanced laser tweezers, bio-photonics, and optical MEMS/NEMS.Dr. Lin is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of OSA. She has served on the technical program committee and as chair and co-chairs of various technical conferences, including International Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics Conference, OFC, CLEO Pacific Rim, IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, OSA Annual Meeting, and OSA Photonics in Switching Topical Meeting. She has served as guest editor for Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, and IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. She has over 75 journal publications, over 160 conference papers, and 5 book chapters. She holds 32 US patents.


Representative Publications

  • Peifeng Jing, Jingda Wu, and Lih Y. Lin, “Patterned optical trapping with two-dimensional photonic crystals,” ACS Photonics 1(5):398-402, 2014.
  • Lih Y. Lin and Ethan G. Keeler, “Progress of MEMS Scanning Micromirrors for Optical Bio-imaging,” Micromachines 6(11): 1675-1689, 2015.
  • Chang-Ching Tu, Ji Hao Hoo, Karl F. Böhringer, Lih Y. Lin, Guozhong Cao, “Red-Emitting Silicon Quantum Dot Phosphors in Warm White LEDs with Excellent Color Rendering”, Optics Express, 28 January 2014.
  • Chang-Ching Tu, Ying-Nien Chou, Hsiang-Chieh Hung, Jingda Wu, Shaoyi Jiang, and Lih Y. Lin, “Fluorescent porous silicon biological probes with high quantum efficiency and stability,” Optics Express 22(24):29996-30003, 2014.
  • Matthew Strathman, Yunbo Liu, Ethan G. Keeler, Mingli Song, Utku Baran, Jiefeng Xi, Ming-Ting Sun, Ruikang Wang, Xingde Li, and Lih Y. Lin, “MEMS scanning micromirror for optical coherence tomography,” Biomedical Optics Express 6(1):211-224, 2015.
  • Jingda Wu and Lih Y. Lin, “Flexible Nanocrystal Photovoltaic Ultraviolet Photodetector on Plant Membrane,” Advanced Optical Materials 3(11):1530-1536, 2015.
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University of Washington
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  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1996
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1993
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • MS, Physics, 1992
    National Taiwan University
  • BS, Physics, 1990
    National Taiwan University