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Lih Y. Lin

Email: lylin (at) uw (dot) edu
  • Editorial board, Scientific Reports, a Nature publication
  • IEEE Fellow, elected 2010
  • MIT Technology Review Award, 2003
  • (The current group members are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.)

    Cheng Chang

    Email: cchang36 (at) uw (dot) edu

    Cheng Chang received his B.S. in the Department of Optical Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 2018. With an interesting in physics and optics, he is now pursuing his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UW.
    Cheng is from Zhengzhou, Henan province, a place famous for its long history and historical relics. Cheng loves watching movies, hiking and listening to music.

    Mark Odendahl

    Email: merko (at) uw (dot) edu

    Mark is a Combined BS/MS student in his senior year of undergraduate studies and first year of graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at UW. For his Bachelor's degree he is concentrating in Electromagnetics, which he enjoys due its emphasis on physics. For his Master's degree he plans on writing his thesis on Perovskite materials, and hopes to focus his study on Photonics and Nano-Engineering.
    He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but grew up nearby Seattle in Kirkland, Washington. During free time he enjoys playing trombone in the Husky Marching Band and spending time with friends.

    Maxwell Zhang

    Maxwell Zhang is a student at Interlake High School in his senior year. He grew up in Bellevue, Washington. In his spare time, Maxwell loves to play tennis, debate, and volunteer around his community.

    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.

    Ethan Keeler (PhD 2018): "MEMS resonant mass sensor with enabled optical integration for cellular study." IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow, working with Senator Cantwell.
    Peifeng Jing (PhD 2017): "Photonic crystal optical tweezers for live biological samples." Quantcast
    Erin Sanehira (PhD 2017): "Efficient, stable perovskite solar cells enabled by electrode interface engineering and nanoscale phase stabilization." HEE Energy
    Jingda Wu (PhD 2016): "Flexible photodetection on colloidal quantum dot-cellulose composite structures." Postdoc at University of British Columbia.
    Conner Ballew (MS 2016): "Design and fabrication of nanocavity lasers." 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 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    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." Founder of 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 Department of 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/High-school Researchers and Independent-Study Graduate Students:

    We thank these undergraduate, high-school and graduate students (from UW ECE unless otherwise noted) who have contrubuted to our research.

    Jesse Heidohrn, UW Physics (2018)
    Ethan Solomon, Interlake High School (2017-2018)
    Tianyu Feng, UW Physics (2017)
    Shihao Zhu, UW Physics (2017)
    Michael Choquer (2017)
    Chuchuan Hong (2016)
    Kasia Gibson, Northestern University BioE/EE, NSF REU (2015 and 2017)
    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)