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Group Members

Lih Y. Lin

Email: lylin (at) uw (dot) edu

(The current group members are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.)

Conner Ballew

Email: ckballew (at) uw (dot) edu

Conner received his B.S in Electrical Engineering and his B.S in Mathematics from the University of Washington in 2015. He is now pursuing his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering.
Conner grew up in Everett, Washington. He is a proficient whistler and juggler, and is well-versed in movie trivia. In his spare time he will often pursue various side projects, which include a pancake-cooking robot and a home arcade machine.

Peifeng Jing

Email: peifen11 (at) uw (dot) edu

Peifeng received his B.S. in the Department of Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 2012. He is now in UWEE Photonics group and pursuing his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering. He currently works on nanostructure-enhanced laser tweezers.
Peifeng is from Taiyuan, China and spends his spare time on hiking, reading fictions and playing table tennis and badminton.

Ethan Keeler

Email: egkeeler (at) uw (dot) edu

Ethan received his BS degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University in 2012. He then worked as a research associate at MSU, conducting research on the development and fabrication of nanostructures for interdisciplinary optical applications. He is now pursuing a graduate degree in electrical engineering, and his research is currently focused on MEMS resonators and applications in cellular mass sensing.
Ethan grew up in Montana, and in his free time, he enjoys all things the Great Outdoors have to offer, including rafting, hiking, fishing, and camping.

Erin Sanehira

Email: sanehira (at) uw (dot) edu

Erin received her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2011. She is currently pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering. Her research focuses the development of flexible, lightweight quantum dot solar cells.
Erin is from Mililani, Hawaii, but sadly, does not dance hula, play the ukulele or speak any Hawaiian. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and watching cat videos online.

Chang-Ching Tu

Email: tucc (at) uw (dot) edu

Chang-Ching Tu was born in Pingtung (Taiwan) and grew up in Taipei. He graduated from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School in 1998, and earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Electronics Engineering at National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2002 and 2004, respectively. After graduation from the university, he served as an electronic officer in R.O.C Navy for one year and three months of mandatory military service. For the following eight months prior to studying abroad, he worked as an engineer in a LCD panel manufacturer, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd. In fall 2006, he started to pursue his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of Washington, and joined the Photonics Lab. In 2010, he also worked as an intern in the Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, WA. In March 2011, he received his dual Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Nanotechnology, focusing on the design, fabrication and characterization of colloidal semiconductor quantum dot (QD) optoelectronic devices, including photodetectors, photovoltaics, phosphors and LEDs. He received a UW C4C Postdoctoral Commercialization Fellowship and subsequently founded a company LumiSands to commercialize SiQD-phosphors.

Jingda (Albus) Wu

Email: albuswu (at) uw (dot) edu

Jingda received his B.S. in Optical Information Science and Technology from the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China in 2011, and subsequently he joined the photonics group to pursue his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. His research currently focuses on flexible quantum dot devices using new fabrication methods. He is looking forward to developing novel photonic devices for daily use, such as the flexible display and photodetector arrays for sensing. He also participates in the research of nanostructure-enhanced laser tweezers.
Jingda is from Ningbo, China and he is quite specific with food. He enjoys most kinds of small ball sports like table tennis, badminton, tennis, snooker, etc. He will also go swimming or hiking at spare time, and play bamboo flute in somewhere free of people.

Chen Zou

Email: chenzou (at) uw (dot) edu

Chen Zou received his B.S. in the Department of Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 2015. He is now pursuing his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at UW.
Chen grew up in Jingdezhen, China, a city famous for manufacturing china. In his spare time, he often enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, photography, playing soccer and tennis. He is also a music fan, often plays guitar and sings songs in his leisure time.

Group Alumni

Graduate Students:

Below is a list of our former graduate students, their graduation year, dissertation/thesis title, and where they are after graduation.

Conner Ballew (MS 2016): "Design and fabrication of perovskite nanolasers." Pursuing PhD in Cal Tech.
Matthew Strathman (PhD 2014): "Dynamic focus-tracking MEMS scanning micromirror for an endoscopic, optical coherence tomography based imaging system." Maxim Integrated
Yunbo Liu (MS 2014): "Time-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) for MEMS-based endoscopic application." Pursuing PhD in U Michigan
Danling Wang (PhD 2013): "Trace explosive sensor devices based on semiconductor nanomaterials" (co-advise with Dr. Antao Chen). Tenure-track faculty at North Dakota State University
Cameron Simmons (MS 2012): "Large infrared optical tweezer array." Coherent, Inc.
Katherine Lugo (2012)
Ludan Huang (PhD 2011): "Solution processed nanophotonic devices based on colloidal semiconductor quantum dots and plasmonic metal nanoparticles." Lam Research
Chang-Ching Tu (PhD 2011): "Colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics and photodetectors fabricated by electrostatic layer-by-layer self-assembly." LumiSands Inc.
M. Hassan Arbab (PhD 2011): "Terahertz spectroscopy for chemical detection and burn characterization" (co-advise with Dr. Antao Chen). Tenure-track faculty at SUNY Stony Brook Biomedical Engineering
Joseph Peach (PhD 2010): "Dielectrophoretic field-flow fractionation devices for DNA and microparticle characterization" (co-advise with Prof. Vikram Jandhyala). Intel
Matthew Horning (MS 2010): Intellectual Ventures Lab
Benjamin Wilson (MS 2007, PhD 2009): MS thesis "Polarization control via tunable form-birefringent PDMS nanostructures," PhD dissertation "Manipulation of nanoparticles and biological samples through enhanced optical forces." Intellecture Ventures Lab
Michael Hegg (PhD 2008): "Near-Field photodetection with high spatial resolution by nanocrystal quantum dots."
Xiaoyu Miao (MS 2006, PhD 2008): MS thesis "Opto-plasmonic tweezers for manipulation and rotation of micro/nano objects-design and fabrication," PhD dissertation "Plasmonics for micro/nano manipulation and optofluidics." Playground Global
Nathaniel Burt (MS 2007): "Compact fiber-optic hydrophones for towed surveying arrays." Intel
Chia-Jean Wang (MS 2004, PhD 2007): MS thesis "Nanophotonic waveguides by self-assembled quantum dots," PhD dissertation "Sub-diffraction quantum dot nanophotonic waveguides." Amazon

Undergraduate Researchers and Independent-Study Graduate Students:

We thank these undergraduate and graduate students (from UW EE unless otherwise noted) who have contrubuted to our research.

Chuchuan Hong (2016)
Kasia Gibson, Northestern University Bioengineering, NSF NNIN REU program (2015)
Ian Guertin, UW Physics (2015)
Sen Mau (2015), Founder of
Xu Dong (2014-2015), Columbia University EE MS program
William Thing (2014)
Xin Dang (2014)
Michael Bathurst, UW EE/Math (2014)
Qiong Lin (2014)
Nan Jiang (2013-2014), USC Computer Science MS program
Sun Ming Kim (2013-2014), UW EE PhD program
Alex Tan (2013), Cornell Master of Engineering program
Wenjie Zheng (2012-2013), Tesla Motors
Chanwei (Denis) Chang (2011-2012), Boeing
Chih-Chi Chang (2010)
Stephanie Bachar, MIT Bioengineering, Amgen Scholar (2009)
Tim Mentele, UW Bioengineering, Amgen Scholar (2008-2009), Juno Therapeutics, Inc.
Milad Hashemi (2007-2008), UT Austin ECE PhD program
Stanley Gu, UW Bioengineering, Amgen Scholar (2007), UW Bioengineering PhD program
Mei Liu (2004-2007)
Jason Harrigan, UW EE/Physics (2007), Intermec Technologies
Jodi Sprague (2005), Intel
Haojie Liao (2004-2005)