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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:)

Yu Jin

Email: Yujinuw (at) uw (dot) edu

Yu received BS degree in Optical Information Science and Technology from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, in 2012. He then joined UWEE Photonics group to pursue PhD study in Electrical Engineering. He is especially interested in nanoscale photonics, and currently focusing on the fabrication and potential applications of quantum dots and plasmonic nanostructures.

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 optical tweezers for biological use as well as photonic crystal waveguides.
Peifeng is from Taiyuan, China and spends his spare time on hiking, reading fictions and playing table tennis and badminton.

Yunbo Liu

Email: yunbol (at) uw (dot) edu

Yunbo received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. He is now pursuing his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington in the Photonics Lab. He is currently working on developing MEMS micro-mirror for Optical Coherent Tomography endoscope.
Yunbo is from Lanzhou, China. In his free time he enjoys hiking and cooking.

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 will focus on the synthesis, characterization and device integration of group IV quantum dots.
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.

Matthew Strathman

Email: mattstra (at) uw (dot) edu

Matt attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where he earned his B.S. in electrical engineering in 2010. He joined the photonics group in fall of 2010 and is currently pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering. The research project that he is currently working on is developing a new MEMS micro-mirror scanner with fast scanning speed, high pointing accuracy, and dynamic focus-tracking capability. The proposed application of this device is real-time high-definition 3-D imaging in advanced endoscopy. This MEMS micro-mirror device is expected to significantly improve our currently limited ability for detecting early and pre- cancers.
Matt is from Fort Collins, Colorado. During his free time he enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and playing sports.

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. Currently, he is working as a UW C4C Postdoctoral Commercialization Fellow and a Research Associate in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. He still works very closely with the Photonics Lab to expand his commercialization effort of 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. He is currently focusing on quantum dot synthesis and device fabrication, characterization. He is looking forward to developing novel photonic devices for daily use, such as the flexible display and photodetector arrays for sensing. He also works part-time in optical tweezer project for biological use.
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.

Group Alumni

Graduate Students:

Katherine Lugo
Cameron Simmons (MS 2012): Thesis "Large infrared optical tweezer array," currently with Coherent, Inc.
Ludan Huang (PhD 2011): Dissertation "Solution processed nanophotonic devices based on colloidal semiconductor quantum dots and plasmonic metal nanoparticles," currently with Lam Research
Chang-Ching Tu (PhD 2011): Dissertation "Colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics and photodetectors fabricated by electrostatic layer-by-layer self-assembly," founded LumiSands Inc. and is currently the CEO
M. Hassan Arbab (PhD 2011): Dissertation "Terahertz spectroscopy for chemical detection and burn characterization" (co-advise with Dr. Antao Chen), currently a post at UW APL
Joseph Peach (PhD 2010): Dissertation "Dielectrophoretic field-flow fractionation devices for DNA and microparticle characterization" (co-advise with Prof. Vikram Jandhyala), currently with Intel
Matthew Horning (MS 2010), currently with Intellectual Ventures Lab
Benjamin Wilson (PhD 2009): Dissertation "Manipulation of nanoparticles and biological samples through enhanced optical forces," currently with Intellecture Ventures Lab
Michael Hegg (PhD 2008): Dissertation "Near-Field photodetection with high spatial resolution by nanocrystal quantum dots," currently with Intellecture Ventures Lab
Xiaoyu Miao (PhD 2008): Dissertation "Plasmonics for micro/nano manipulation and optofluidics," currently with Google
Nathaniel Burt (MS 2007): Thesis "Compact fiber-optic hydrophones for towed surveying arrays," currently with Intel
Chia-Jean Wang (PhD 2007): Dissertation "Sub-diffraction quantum dot nanophotonic waveguides," currently with Google

Postdocs and Research Scientists:

Maryam Rahimi, postdoc, currently with Intel
Chih-Cheng Cheng, postdoc, currently with ITRI, Taiwan
Toshiyasu Kanetaka, research scientist, visiting from Japan Patent Office

Undergraduate Researchers:

Alex Tan
Wenjie Zheng
Chanwei (Denis) Chang, joined Boeing
Tim Mentele, joined Dendreon
Milad Hashemi, entered UT Austin Graduate School
Stanley Gu
Mei Liu
Jodi Sprague
Haojie Liao