JILIAN NGUYEN – UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Jilian Nguyen is an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences. She previously worked for Pierre Blanche as an undergraduate fellow, working on holographic solutions for better internet networks. She is an active participant in optics outreach both for CIAN and for the college. For the summer of 2017 she will be an intern at Lawrence Livermore National Labs in Livermore, California. Jilian enjoys video games, Game of Thrones, and long boarding.
ROBERT CASTELLANOS – CIAN 2014 REU Student, Haskell Indian Nations University
Robert Castellanos is to be a new transfer student pursuing a B.S. degree at Northern Arizona University in the fall of 2014. He is transferring from Haskell Indian Nations University, a tribal school in Lawrence, KS; there he earned his A.S. degree in Natural Science. He plans to study Physics and Astronomy in Flagstaff, AZ at NAU. Meanwhile, Robert is currently an intern for CIAN in the Integrated Optics for Undergraduates for Native Americans (IOU-NA) program at the University of Arizona where he is researching thin-film optics. Hobbies include video games and reading. Robert Castellanos is a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes whose tribe is Mohave. Robert’s post.
Feibien Cheah is pursuing his Bachelors in Optical Science at the University of Arizona. Working with Pierre Blanche on avionic head up display funded by Honeywell, he loves to learn about the future of technology! He also enjoys outreach and community service programs as well. Feibien is a counselor for the College of Engineering during the summer where high school students visit the University of Arizona campus and learn more about Engineering. Some of his hobbies are water polo, mountain biking, and fishing. Feibien’s posts.
Cathy Chen is pursuing her Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York, after completing a B.S. at Cornell University and a M.S. at Columbia. Her interests include photography, music, and travel. Cathy’s posts.
BENJAMIN 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.
Victor Figueroa is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona majoring in computer science. Victor has participated in the high school Young Scholars program and as of September 2014 he was admitted into the Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and is preforming research under the mentorship of Dr. Milorad Cvijetic in the Advanced Optical Networks laboratory. In his spare time Victor likes to read and enjoy nature. Victor’s Posts.
Stephanie Guzman – Undergraduate Student, University of Arizona
Stephanie is currently an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. She is studying optical science and engineering. For the summer of 2014 she is participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Rochester. Her favorite hobbies are singing and creating YouTube videos. Stephanie’s posts.
Solianna is in her last semester as an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida. This past summer, Solianna participated in the Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) program. She belongs to the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and she is majoring in Chemistry. She believes one day she will go to graduate school and attain a PhD in Chemistry or a Chemistry related field. Currently, she is taking classes at the University of Arizona, and is an intern in the department of Atmospheric Sciences thanks to the University of Arizona’s NASA Space Grant internship. Solianna’s post.
Kishore Kumar Komirisetty is currently pursuing his last semester of a Master’s degree at Norfolk State University, VA. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) from India. Currently, he is doing research in Dr. Geddis’ lab at NUS on Tunable photodetectors. Kishore is also the SLC representative for the NSU chapter. Kishore’s posts.
Daniel Lam – Alumni, University of California Los Angeles
Daniel Lam received his PhD degree from UCLA in Electrical Engineering under the guidance of Professors Bahram Jalali and Asad M. Madni. He is currently working at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. His current interests are high speed measurements, fiber optic telecommunication networks, radar, and laser optics. While with CIAN he worked on the Testbed for Optical Aggregate Networks and time-stretch technology. He is an active member in spreading optics awareness through CIAN outreach and the OSA/SPIE Student Chapter at UCLA.
H. Marie Lemon – CIAN 2015 RET PARTICIPANT, GREENVILLE EARLY COLLEGE
Marie is a Middle School Science facilitator at Greenville Early College, in Greenville, South Carolina. As a facilitator of knowledge, her philosophy is to take advantage of her students’ curiosity, allowing them to explore their natural world, to learn. Their engagement is best done through collaborative efforts with their peers guided by Marie’s instruction. Marie shares, “This makes learning fun for us all, as I learn as much from them as they do from me, I think. What I love best is the laughter; always a fun mishap and it is truly never dull! I particularly enjoy six grade and am a National Board Certified Science Teacher in Early Adolescent Science. I have taught six grade for 19 years, hold a Bachelors in the Natural Sciences, and a Masters in Educational leadership. As in my second lab, my kitchen, I am always looking for new ways to teach and old, but relevant concept, just as I want a new way to revive and old recipe. This brings me to Tuskegee this summer for RET 2015 (https://hmarielemon.wordpress.com/ ). I’ve been participating in Dr. Korivi and Dr. Jiang’s Microelectronics Lab, observing research on capacitors, photo wave guides, 3D printing technology, and growth of microbes on silicon wafers. I am using aspects of the lab’s research to develop, as well as improve some problem-based projects, that my students will develop solutions to this school year. When I am not working, I spend time outdoors, hiking, bicycling, and am an avid yoga practioner, traveling with my mat wherever life takes me, including Auburn and Tuskegee this summer.” Marie’s Post.
Kun (Linda) Li is a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California Berkeley, advised by Prof. Connie Chang-Hasnain. Prior to joining graduate school, she received her B.S. degree from Optical Engineering of Zhejiang University in China (2006-2010). She had one year of exchange experience in University of Hong Kong (2008-2009). Kun’s main research interests focus on III-V nanostructures directly grown on silicon for integrated optoelectronics, and vertical-cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) with high-contrast grating (HCG) structure for optical communication and imaging. Her skills include optical characterization, semiconductor fabrication, and optoelectronic device modeling. Besides research, Kun is also active in a variety of education, outreach, and mentoring programs.
Cejo Konuparamban Lonappan is a Ph.D.student at the University of California, Los Angeles, working under the guidance of professors, Dr. Bahram Jalali and Dr. Asad M. Madni. His research interests include the design and development of real-time high throughput instruments, high speed and RF circuits and systems, integrated photonics, and optical communication networks. He developed the real-time time-stretch (TiSER) technology which was used at the CIAN Testbed for Optical Aggregate Networks (TOAN) test-bed to demonstrate rapid optical performance measurement to enable agility in optical transport networks. He received the 2014 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Graduate Fellowship Award. He is an active member of the OSA and SPIE student chapters in UCLA and various IEEE societies.
Brandon O’Shea is a senior at Stony Brook University majoring in Physics and Mathematics. He was born and raised in Ozone Park, New York. Brandon is currently interested in pursuing a career in optics. Fields in optics he is interested in exploring include nonlinear optics, quantum optics, and holography. Brandon participated in the Hooked On Photonics REU program at the University of Arizona in Summer 2014. Brandon’s post.
Jean-Pierre Papouloute – Undergraduate Student, Tuskegee University
Jean-Pierre Papouloute is pursuing his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at Tuskegee University. He is working with Dr. Naga Korivi on the development of a fully integrated germanium (Ge)/silicon (Si) hetero-junction field effect transistor (HJFET) photo-detector device. He is involved in the NSBE and IEEE student chapters at Tuskegee University, and enjoys debates, long-boarding and cycling. Jean-Pierre’s posts.
Jasmine Sears is pursuing her Ph.D. in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, having previously received her B.S. from Caltech. She works in the Quantum Nano-Optics of Semiconductors group under Professor Galina Khitrova, growing and characterizing quantum structures. She is also active in student government as the current Assembly Chair of the Graduate and Professional Student Council and an Outreach Co-chair of the Student Optics Chapter. Her interests include explaining cool science phenomena and making chocolates. Jasmine Sears’ posts.
JANELLE SHANE – PHD STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
Janelle received her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Michigan State University, where she worked with Marcos Dantus on shaping femtosecond laser pulses. In fall 2007 she joined the research group of Kishan Dholakia at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where she researched applications of pulse shaping and dispersion compensation in trapping and photoporation. She joined the Ultrafast Nanoscale Optics group in fall 2008, and is pursuing a PhD, funded by a National Science Foundation fellowship. Visit her blog Postcards from the Frontiers of Science. Janelle’s posts.
BRIAN STERN – PHD STUDENT, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Brian is currently researching ways to improve integrated photonics systems and developing new on-chip technologies. Brian’s posts.
Scott Tan participated in the Summer 2014 Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native American (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Since then he’s gone on to do a study abroad program at the University of Oxford. In the video below Scott speaks about his experiences at the IOU-NA REU program, part of the UROC program at the University of Arizona. Learn more about and to apply to the IOU-NA program. Read his post.
DR. ALLISON HUFF – EDUCATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, AIM PHOTONICS
Allison Huff Mac Pherson is the Education and Workforce Development Director for AIM Photonics. She holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a Doctorate in Education from A.T. Still University in Kansas City, Missouri. Allison has worked in higher education and administration in four different countries and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Ameé graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in physics and English and an M.A. in technical writing from Northern Arizona University. She participated in a number of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs and has done research on white dwarf stars, radio quiet & loud galaxies, and biophysics. Now she oversees REUs from a different perspective as the coordinator for the IOU-NA REU program for Native American undergraduate students. As the director for education and outreach at CIAN she also creates and oversees programs for CIAN students and local precollege students. In her free time she hosts Science Saturdays at one of the Pima County Public Libraries and writes astropoetry for her blog.
CIAN Student Leadership Council
Oscar Jimenez Gordillo – Phd Student, Columbia University
Chair, Student Leadership Council
Oscar is pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in the Lipson Nanophotonics Group at Columbia University. He is working on finding new solutions for robust packaging and coupling between fibers and waveguides. Oscar serves as the Chair of the Student Leadership Council.
Yishen Huang – PhD Student, Columbia University
Vice-Chair, Student Leadership Council
Jarod Weber – Undergraduate Student, University of Arizona
Student ILO, Student Leadership Council
Jarod is in his final year for completing his B.S in Optical Sciences and Engineering at the College of Optical Sciences. He has been with CIAN for 2 summers now helping research advancements in optical switching and optical computing. He is delegated as the Social Chair of the Society Optics Chapter and the Student ILO Chair for the CIAN SLC.
Natalie Janosik – Phd Student, Columbia University
Education & Outreach Chair, Student Leadership Council
Natalie Janosik is currently a graduate student in the Lightwave Research Laboratory at Columbia University working for Dr. Keren Bergman. She is working towards her MS/Phd in Electrical Engineering focusing in Silicon Photonics. Her current research focuses on Optical Computing and is interested in the use of nanotechnology for next generation computing. She is committed to actively participating in outreach programs targeting secondary education students interested in STEM.