Category Archives: Announcements

O’Brien Brings Advanced Packaging Research to CIAN

Dr. Peter O’Brien was recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Optical Science at the University of Arizona. Dr. O’Brien brings expertise across a wide range of photonic packaging and integration technologies to CIAN, enabling advanced photonic devices to be packaged into fully working prototypes. Although his appointment only started in late 2015, collaborations between Dr. O’Brien and CIAN researchers are already producing results. For example, Dr. O’Brien has collaborated with Prof. Ming Wu and his postdoctoral researcher Dr. Tae Joon Seok to demonstrate packaging of UC Berkeley’s MEMs optical switch.

This enabled a fully packaged device to be tested in systems experiments performed by Prof. George Papen at UCSD. Results from this collaboration were presented at CIAN’s annual review in Columbia University last May, and a paper about this work will be presented at the IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) in October. Further collaborations have started with Prof. Keren Bregman (Columbia) and Prof. Robert Norwood (Arizona), and it is expected that new collaborations will start over the coming months.

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Dr. Tae Joon Seok (second from right) visiting the Photonic Packaging Group at the Tyndall Institute (April 2016). The photo includes Dr. Peter O’Brien, Jun Su Lee (packaging group researcher) and Howyuan Hwang (packaging group PhD student).

 

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Peter O’Brien with his son, Conan, visiting Optical Sciences in Arizona.

Dr. Peter O’Brien is head of the Photonics Packaging Group at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland. He is also Deputy Director of the Science Foundation Ireland-Irish Photonics Integration Centre. Since establishing the Photonics Packaging Group in 2009, Dr. O’Brien has built a research team who address challenges in the area of highly integrated photonic devices for applications in communications, biomedical devices and sensors.
His group has developed a range of photonic packaging technologies which have been made available to users worldwide through a foundry service in collaboration with IMEC.

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Dr. Peter O’Brien hosting an outreach event at the Geasa-Marana Library in Marana, AZ.

They have also prepared a range of packaging design rules, which have recently been implemented in PIC design tools such as those available through Phoenix Software and Luceda Photonics.

These design rules provide valuable guidance to PIC designers, ensuring their photonic devices are compatible with standard packaging technologies. The group has established research collaborations with institutes including UC Berkeley, University of Arizona, CERN, IMEC, CEA-LETI and Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz.

 


peterDr. O’Brien received a degree in Physics from Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters and PhD in Physics from University College Cork. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology and a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he was involved in the development of submillimeter wave devices for imaging and sensing applications. Dr O’Brien also founded a photonics company specializing in the development of bio-imaging systems, which he sold in 2009.

CIAN Perfect Pitch Competition

CIAN Accepting Video Submissions!

STUDENTS

Participate in the Perfect Pitch competition for the chance to be awarded $5,000 for a 90 second “Elevator Pitch.” Submission should be made via email (usually videos are too large in format to email, please upload to the cloud via Google Drive or Drop box and email a shareable link) in the form of video recordings (cell phone videos with good quality are accepted). Please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions. Currently CIAN-funded students are eligible.

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline Submission: EXTENDED – CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
CIAN Winner Announcement: September 26, 2016
Dates subject to change based on dates for National Competition.
National Perfect Pitch Competition (for Winner): TBD (the winner will be notified of the date and travel information to attend the next national competition)

Find out more about the guidelines and judging rubric.

FACULTY

Please encourage your students to participate in the Perfect Pitch competition to receive national recognition for your lab and work at the NSF Perfect Pitch competition in Arlington, VA. To email this blog post to your students see the bottom of this post, under “Share This:” and select “Email.”

SOCk invites CIAN students to Conference

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Hello, CIAN students!

The Student Optics Chapter (SOCk) at the College of Optical Sciences is organizing an OSA International OSA Network of Students (IONS) conference coming up in the fall, and we would love to have some CIAN students attend. Registration is free, and the conference is packed with great opportunities for you.

  • All out of town conference attendees will have their hotel paid for Friday-Sunday night at the Double Tree Inn and Suites. In addition, we have travel grants for international students and undergraduates. More information is on our travel page!
  • This is a student conference! We have provided lots of opportunities for you to socialize with your fellow OSA students from around the globe, such as spending an evening in downtown Tucson, visiting the world renowned Desert Museum, a social poster session, and other chances throughout our four days together. 
  • A sit down breakfast is provided every morning by the Double Tree, and nearly all other meals will be covered by the conference.
  • Our invited speakers include the director of the BIO5 institute Dr. Jennifer Barton, and Oculus Rift Lead Engineer Dr. Scott McEldowney. We will have two additional keynote speakers, and are waiting to hear back from them to confirm. 
  • Our event programming includes panel discussion about careers in industry and academia, as well as learning how to best manage your student chapter.

More information on conference programming and events can be found on our website! You can register for the conference on this page on our website, which also includes instructions on how to submit your abstracts for consideration.

Thanks so much! I hope to see you in the fall at IONS Tucson 2016!


SPIE Ben faceBENJAMIN CROMEY –GRADUATE STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

NSF Fellow Benjamin Cromey is pursuing his PhD in Optical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Arizona. As a member of the Optics Ambassadors and the Vice President for the Student Optics Chapter, optics outreach is one of his passions. He participated in the 2012 IOU program with CIAN and worked with 3D Holographic Displays as an undergraduate. Currently, he works with Dr. Khanh Kieu on fiber lasers and Multiphoton Microscopy. Ben’s posts.

CIAN Researcher Publishes New Book


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Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Blanche recently published a new book titled Photorefractive Organic Materials and Applications.

The books abstract reads, “This book provides comprehensive, state-of-the art coverage of photorefractive organic compounds, a class of material with the ability to change their index of refraction upon illumination. The change is both dynamic and reversible. Dynamic because no external processing is required for the index modulation to be revealed, and reversible because the index change can be modified or suppressed by altering the illumination pattern. These properties make photorefractive materials very attractive candidates for many applications such as image restoration, correlation, beam conjugation, non-destructive testing, data storage, imaging through scattering media, holographic imaging and display. The field of photorefractive organic material is also closely related to organic photovoltaic and light emitting diode (OLED), which makes new discoveries in one field applicable to others.”

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Dr. Pierre-Aleanxdre Blanche, editor of Photorefractive Organic Materials and Applications

CIAN Seeks Graduate Student Employee at UA

CIAN is currently seeking to hire a Graduate Student Employee at the University of Arizona headquarters.

The opportunity is posted to the University of Arizona Wildcat Joblink under number: 788964

Questions, Resume’s, and Cover Letters may be emailed to Amee Hennig. See the posting for full details and to apply.

Job Duties

CSC_3949Primary job duties will be to assist with the education evaluation and assessment efforts of CIAN, to include uploading (creating) surveys on Survey Monkey, collecting and analyzing data using Survey Monkey, writing a summary on each assessment/evaluation results, and assisting with putting together assessment/evaluation section of the CIAN annual report.

Secondary duties may consist of:

  • Coordinating logistics for summer programs and events and analysis of summer programs.
  • Assisting the outreach manager with outreach events and analysis of outreach events.
  • Tracking and follow up of CIAN students while part of CIAN and afterwards allowing for longitudinal tracking.
  • Assist the Director of Education and Outreach with assessment/evaluation tool development and analysis of overall data.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to learn and apply assessment and evaluation best practices.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Survey Monkey to design, collect, and analyze data.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a continually changing environment.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a collegial, team based environment and maintain positive working relationships.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (word, power point, excel).
  • Excellent time management skills

CIAN Supports Veteran Student Research

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Apply Here.

CIAN aspires to create a technological revolution in internet access speeds. Veteran students will conduct research in a cross-disciplinary setting collaborating with faculty, graduate students, research engineers, post-docs, and other students. Also, the program will develop partnerships between the mentors, faculty, and veteran students to develop effective means of transferring STEM (optical communication and networking) knowledge.

STIPEND

A stipend of up to $5,000 or $10,000 is available.

RESEARCH TOPICS MAY INCLUDE:

Optical telecommunication, fiber optics, fiber lasers and amplifiers, Nonlinear photonics and high speed optical switching, Integrated optics including waveguide amplifiers, lasers, and modulators

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

University students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) as an undergraduate or graduate student and who are also veterans of the United States Military. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. US Citizenship or permanent residency is required. Students are not required to be attending a CIAN university, but should be near enough to the university to be able to attend on a regular basis.

Application Deadline: Rolling

Additional Materials Required for Application

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript
  • Verification of Military Service (ex. DD214 form)

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writer, or emailed directly by the letter writer. Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

AMuSe Project Continues to Rise

After taking second place in the NYC Media Lab Summit for their project AMuSe (Adaptive Multicast Services) system Columbia graduates continue to garner attention and support for their initiatives.

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Varun Gupta

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Craig Gutterman

 

 

 

 

 

Most recently the AMuSe project, led by CIAN students Varun Gupta and Craig Gutterman and CIAN professor Dr. Gil Zussman, was selected to participate in the NYC Media Lab Combine program. Faculty and students composing nine teams were selected from 60 applicants from New York City universities. Each team initially received a grant of $25,000 for the project. After which  they were matched with industry members. The AMuSe project is collaborating with Dr. Yigal Bejerano from Bell Labs to develop the system for multimedia content delivery via Wi-Fi to large groups.

At the close of the program each team will pitch their concept to the NYC Media Lab corporate members on April 8th.

Learn more about the project and the AMuSe system’s place in the NYC Media Lab Summit in the following articles.

Combine Announcement

Columbia Engineering Announcement

Wireless & Mobile Networking Lab Announcement