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2015.06 - Ethan Keeler's poster "MEMS resonator and photonic crystal integration for enhanced cellular mass sensing" received the Best Scientific Poster Award from the 9th NAMIS International Summer School ("Nano and Micro Systems") EE News .

2014.05 - Jingda Wu received the OSA Incubic Milton Chang Student Travel Grant for attending CLEO/QELS 2014.

2014.04 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu and his company LumiSands were featured by UW 360 TV in the video "Seattle City Light/LED."

2013.12.03 - Our patent application "Color-selective quantum dot photodetectors" was issued a US patent (No. 8,598,567). The color-selectivity is achieved by integrating plasmonic nanoparticles with quantum dot photodetectors.

2013.06.12 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu's company LuminSands was featured by UW News: Silicon-based nanoparticles could make LEDs cheaper, greener to produce.

2013.04.23 - Erin Sanehira was selected by NASA to receive the Space Technology Research Fellowship. Link to UW EE News

2013.04.02 - Erin Sanehira was selected for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Link to UW EE News

2013.02.13 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu's company LumiSands won a Jones Milestones/Foster Accelerator Award .

2013.01 - Our research on quantum dot neuron switch was ranked as the 4th most popular story of 2012 by Biophotonics.

2013.01 - Our research on quantum dot neuron switch was highlighted in Photonics Spectra, "Doing the math: Aging world population demands photonics innovation."

2012.12.05 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu's company LumiSands won a NSF SBIR Phase I award.

2012.08.23 - Erin Sanehira was awarded the UW EE Keith & Nancy Rattie Endowed Fellowship.

2012.07 - American Physical Society published an article on Physics Central about our research on quantum dot optical switches for neurons: "Quantum Dots and Cells"

2012.05 - Our work on quantum dot optical switches for neurons was reported in OSA Optics & Photonics News: "Stimulating specific neurons with light"

2012.04.30 - Prof. Lin's invited paper "Quantum dot optical switches for remote control of neurons" was published in SPIE News Room

2012.04.25 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu's LumiSands team passed the UW Business Plan Competition Investment Round and is now advanced to the Sweet 16 Round.

2012.04 - Our work on quantum dot optical switches for neurons was reported in Biophotonics: "Quantum dots switch neurons on, off"

2012.04.11 - Our paper "Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots" was listed as Top Downloads in Biomedical Optics Express from March 2012.

2012.03.30 - Our Biomedical Optics Express paper "Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots" was highlighted in Nature Photonics: "Neurophotonics: Quantum-dot control"

2012.03.30 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu and his team member Ji-Hao Hoo, founders of LumiSands, were awarded the Siemens Honorable Mention at the UW Foster Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Environmental Innovation Challenge Competition.

2012.02.29 - Our work on quantum dot optical switches for neurons was reported in UW Daily: "UW Scientists study quantum dots to find cures for diseases"

2012.02.15 - Erin Sanehira received the NSF EAPSI Fellowship

2012.02.14 - Our Biomedical Optics Express paper "Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots" was reported in New Scientist: "Quantum dots control brain cells for the first time"

2012.02.08 - Optical Society of America issued a press release on our paper "Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots," Biomedical Optics Express:
"Flipping a light switch in the cell: Quantum dots used for targeted neural activation"
The article was also reported in Science Daily and PHYSORG.com

2012.02.08 - Our work on silicon quantum dots was reported by Laser Focus World, "Bright red phosphor is based on silicon quantum dots"

2012.01.17 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu's proposal "Low-cost and ultra-bright phosphor materials based on silicon quantum dots for lighting and display applications" won him a UW Center for Commercialization Postdoctoral Fellowship

2011.10 - Erin Sanehira received the UW Electrical Engineering Gray Fellowship

2011.04.10 - Ludan Huang received the Bor-Uei Chen Memorial Scholarship from the Photonics Society of Chinese Americans. Ludan was one of only two awardees for 2011.

2011.03.07 - Katherine Lugo received a scholarship from the 2011 Richard Tapia Conference

2010 - Welcome to Stephanie Bachar from MIT to join us as an Amgen Scholar in summer 2010

2010.01.01 - Prof. Lin was elected as an IEEE Fellow UWEE News

2009.05 - Our work on quantum dot nanophotonics was reported by Photonics Spectra, "Nanoparticles leading the way to light-driven computers"

2008 - Milad Hashemi received the UW EE Karl Ellerbeck Scholarship

2008.05.30 - Chang-Ching Tu received a UW Center for Nanotechnology UIF Fellowship

2008.05.30 - Matt Horning received a 2008-2009 NSF IGERT Fellowship from UW Center for Nanotechnology

2008 - Welcome to Tim Mentele from UW Bioengineering to join us as an Amgen Scholar

2008.03.13 - Milad Hashemi received the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Training Award

2008.02 - Our paper "Near-field photodetection with high spatial resolution by nanocrystal quantum dots," Optics Express, was highlighted in Nature Photonics

2007 - Welcome to Stanley Gu from UW Bioengineering to join us as an Amgen Scholar

2007.06.21 - Mike Hegg received the Best Paper Award at the Nanoelectronic Devices for Defense & Security (NANO-DDS) Conference for his paper "A nanocrystal quantum dot photodetector"

2007.06.06 - Jean Wang received the UW EE Yang Outstanding Graduate Research Award

2007.05.30 - Matt Horning received a 2007-2008 NSF IGERT Graduate Fellowship from the UW Center for Nanotechnology

2007.03.28 - Prof. Lin and Jean Wang's invited paper "Waveguiding by subwavelength array of active quantum dots" was published in SPIE News Room

2007.03.20 - Our lab member made the front page of the Seattle Times

2006.12.07 - Jean Wang received the Best Presentation Award at the UW Center for Nanotechnology Student Symposium for her presentation "Sub-diffraction quantum dot waveguides"

2006.11.11 - Our paper: "Sub-diffraction photon guidance by quantum dot cascades," Nano Letters, was highlighted in Nature Photonics

2006.06.27 - Mei Liu received a 2006-2007 UW Research Fellowship for Advanced Undergraduates

2006.07.01 - Welcome to our lab visitor Mr. Toshiyasu Kanetaka from the Japan Patent Office. Toshiyasu is sponsored by JPO to spend one year in US learning leading research activities.

2006.05.25 - Mike Hegg received a 2006-2007 UIF Fellowship from the UW Center for Nanotechnology

2006.04.27 - Jean Wang received an Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship

2006.04.18 - Mei Liu received the WA NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Award

2006.04.12 - Mei Liu won the first prize for her poster presentation at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Symposium

2006 - Mei Liu received the Donald C. Whitworth Endowed Scholarship

2006.04.12 - Mei Liu was selected as Honorable Mention for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

2006.02.27 - Jean Wang received the NSF EAPSI Fellowship

2005.11.29 - Mike Hegg received a NSF IGERT Fellowship from UW Center for Nanotechnology

2005.09.23 - Mei Liu received the OMA-Boeing Resarch Scholarship

2005.08.17 - Mei Liu received the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

2005.06.27 - Mei Liu received a 2005-2006 UW Research Fellowship for Advanced Undergraduates

2005.05.26 - Mike Hegg received a UIF Fellowship from the UW Center for Nanotechnology

2005 - Mei Liu received UW COE Howard W. Wahl Endowed Scholarship

2005 -Jean Wang received the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Outstanding Female Graduate Student Award

2005 - Jean Wang received the UW Electrical Engineering Spirit of Community Award

2005.05.26 - Mei Liu received the Southwest Washington Medical Center Health Career Scholarship

2005.03.08 - Ben Wilson and Mei Liu received the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Training Award

2005 - Mei Liu received the NASA Undergraduate Research Award

2005 - Mei Liu was selected as a Howard Hughes Biology Fellow

2004 - Jean Wang received the Boeing Fellowship

2003 - Jean Wang received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship