Professor Dirk Englund
Associate Professor, EECS
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Dirk Englund received his BS in Physics from Caltech in 2002. After a Fulbright fellowship at T.U. Eindhoven, he completed an MS in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Applied Physics at Stanford University in 2008. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, he joined Columbia University as Assistant Professor of E.E. and of Applied Physics. He joined the MIT EECS faculty in 2013. Recent recognitions include the 2011 PECASE, the 2011 Sloan Fellowship in Physics, the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award, the 2017 ACS Photonics Young Investigator Award, and the OSA's 2017 Adolph Lomb Medal, a Bose Research Fellowship in 2018, and a 2020 Humboldt Research Fellowship.
PhD (Appl. Physics), Stanford (2008)
MS (Electrical Engineering), Stanford
BS (Physics), Caltech
Dr. Ryan Hamerly
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R.H. was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1988. He graduated from Boulder High School in 2006 and received a B.S. degree from Caltech in 2010, working with Prof. Yanbei Chen on black hole mergers. In 2016 he received a Ph.D. degree in applied physics from Stanford, for work with Prof. Hideo Mabuchi on quantum control, nanophotonics, and nonlinear optics. In 2017 he was at the National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo), working with Prof. Yoshihisa Yamamoto on quantum annealing and optical computing concepts. He is currently an IC postdoctoral fellow at MIT with Prof. Dirk Englund.
PhD (Applied Physics) Stanford (2016).
BS (Physics) Caltech (2010)
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Avinash is a research scientist in Prof. Englund’s group at MIT RLE. He is currently working on large-scale photonics for developing and applying quantum control systems for cold-atom or atom-like systems. He completed his PhD in ultracold atoms and optical physics in Dr. Gretchen Campbell’s lab at the Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland in May 2018. Prior to joining RLE, he was a postdoc in Dr. Ognjen Ilic’s lab at University of Minnesota, working on self-stabilizing metasurfaces.
B. Tech. (Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2009)
M.S. (Physics), University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (2011)
Ph.D. (Physics), University of Maryland, College Park (2018)
Dr. Matt Trusheim
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MS (Applied Physics), Columbia University (2011)
BS (Applied Physics), Yale University (2010)
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Dr. Franco N.C. Wong is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received the B.A. in physics and B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1977, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University in 1979 and 1983 respectively. He joined RLE in 1986 as Research Scientist, and was promoted to Principal Research Scientist in 1998 and Senior Research Scientist in 2003. Dr. Wong carries out studies in quantum and nonlinear optics. His research includes the generation and application of entangled light for quantum communication, quantum imaging, and quantum information processing.
BA (Physics) & BS (Mechanical Engineering), University of Rochester (1977)
MS (Applied Physics), Stanford University (1979)
PhD (Applied Physics), Stanford University (1983)
Lab Operations Manager
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Andrew recieved a B.S. in physics @ RPI, has worked in various positions at MIT since 2012, Has deep roots in the hacker/maker community and has a broad range of skills (see andrewbirkel.com)
BS (Physics), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2012)
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Jawaher received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2015. Her thesis was on the additive manufacturing of metals for the next generation of spaceships as the recipient of The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium scholarship. In 2015, she joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) where she worked under the supervision of Prof. Osman Bakr. Her research focused on investigating the synthesis, structural and optical properties of perovskites. For her work, she was awarded a PhD degree in 2020. During her PhD, she was a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge, where she worked on yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) superconductors. She Received the Ibn Khaldun Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2021, and the Ibn Rushd Postdoctoral Fellowship award in 2022. In Quantum Photonics Group, she works on quantum materials, focusing on the 2D materials for quantum technoloy. Outside of work, she is an avid tea drinker and she enjoys stargazing and practicing archery.
Ph.D (Materials Science & Engineering), KAUST (2020)
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BA Physics Cornell University (2016)
PhD Physics, MS ECE, Duke University (2022)
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BS (Electrical Engineering), Seoul National University (2014)
SM (EECS), MIT (2017)
PhD (EECS), MIT (2021)
Dr. Mohamed ElKabbash
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Mohamed earned his B.A. in physics and economics from Illinois Wesleyan University and PhD in physics from Case Western Reserve University. His research background is in femtosecond laser/matter interaction, nanophotonics, plasmonics, and metamaterials. His current research focuses on developing large-scale CMOS-backed photonics, including high-speed SLMs for quantum control.
LL.B. Alexandria Law School (2007), Masters (Law & political economy) Alexandria Law School (2009)
B.A. (physics and economics) Illinois Wesleyan University (2012)
Ph.D. (physics) Case Western Reserve University (2017).
Gu received his BA, M.Sci from the University of Cambridge. He later joined Mete Atature's group working on optically addressable spin defects in diamond and hBN for quantum sensing and communication. At MIT he works on identifying color centers in silicon.
BA and M.Sci, University of Cambridge, 2017
Dr. Carlos Errando Herranz
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Carlos Errando Herranz received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV, 2013), and his PhD degree in Micro and Nanosystems from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2018. He worked for a year as a postdoctoral researcher in the Quantum Nano Photonics group (KTH), and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Quantum Photonics, MIT.
Awards include the Swedish Research council Postdoctoral Fellowship, Best Student Paper Award at MEMS 2015 conference, Best Master Thesis at the Engineering School (2013), and second best thesis from the industrial engineer asociacion in Valencia (2013).
His research interests are quantum photonics, integrated photonics, and MEMS.
BS&MS (Electrical Engineering) UPV Valencia, Spain
PhD (Micro and Nanosystems) KTH Stockholm, Sweden
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Dr. Artur Hermans received his BSc degree in Engineering (Electronics and Information Technology) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2012. Afterwards, he entered the European MSc in Photonics program during which he spent a semester at Ghent University, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the University of St Andrews, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). At EPFL, he conducted his master's thesis research in the group of Professor T. J. Kippenberg. In 2014, he joined the Photonics Research Group at Ghent University, an associated lab of imec, to work on low-temperature processed thin films of second-order nonlinear optical materials for silicon nitride photonic integrated circuits (under supervision of Professor R. Baets and Professor S. Clemmen). For this work he was awarded a PhD degree in 2019. Subsequently, he started working on III-V-on-silicon-nitride mode-locked lasers as a postdoctoral researcher in the Photonics Research Group (under supervision of Professor B. Kuyken).
BS (Engineering: Electronics and Information Technology) Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (2012)
European MS (Photonics) Ghent University, Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, University of St Andrews, UK (2014).
PhD (Photonics Engineering) Ghent University, Belgium (2019).
Yong Hu received his B.S. in Material Physics from Hefei University of Technology in 2014 and his M.S. in Condensed Matter Physics from Nanjing University in 2017. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University at Buffalo in 2022. He is a recipient of the 2022 MMM-INTERMAG Best Student Presentation Finalist; 2021 Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Awards; 2021 MRS Science as Art Competition Award, and 2020 Dean’s Graduate Achievement Award. His current research focuses on low-dimensional quantum material devices, including quantum emitters in 2D materials and graphene plasmonics for nonlinear frequency conversion and photodetection.
B.S. (Material Physics), Hefei University of Technology (2014)
M.S. (Condensed Matter Physics), Nanjing University (2017)
Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering), University at Buffalo (2022)
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Ph.D. (Physics) University of Washington (2020)
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B.S. (Physics), Jilin University (2016)
Ph.D. (Physics), Georgia Institute of Technology (2022)
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B.S. (Physics), University of Jinan (2014)
M.S. (Optical Engineering), Shandong University (2017)
Ph.D. (Silicon Photonics), Technical University of Denmark (2022)
Dr. Adrian Menssen
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BS (Physics) Goethe Univ., Ger (2011)
M.Sc (Physics) Goethe Univ., Ger (2014)
PhD (Physics) Univ. of Oxford, UK (2019)
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Valeria Saggio received her Ph.D. at the University of Vienna (Austria) in 2021, where she worked on entanglement detection in photonic cluster states as well as on applications of quantum mechanics to reinforcement learning. She carried out her Master thesis at the University of Florence (Italy) and did an internship at the Queen's University Belfast (UK) during her studies at the University of Catania (Italy), where she obtained her B.A. and M.S. in Physics. She is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Quantum Photonics Laboratory, MIT.
Ph.D. (Physics), University of Vienna, Austria (2021)
Dr. Sivan Trajtenberg
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Sivan Trajtenberg Mills recieved her BsC in Physics and Computer science from Tel Aviv Univeristy (TAU). She holds a PhD in Physics from TAU in the field of nonlinear optics, supervised by prof. Ady Arie. She was an officer in the Israeli defence forces in the field of cyber-security, and continued instructing high-school students in cyber related academic programs throughout her PhD. She has been active in promoting women in STEM. Outside the lab, she was a second-league vollyball player and referee, as well as part of a semi-proffesional classical Choir.
B.Sc. (Physics and computer science), Tel Aviv University, Israel
Ph.D (Physics) Tel Aviv University, Israel
Sri Krishna Vadlamani
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Sri received a B.Tech. (with honors) in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Physics, from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India, in 2016. In 2021, he obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, under the supervision of Prof. Eli Yablonovitch, from the University of California, Berkeley. His Ph.D. work explored spectroscopic lineshape theory for tunnel transistors, and physics-based combinatorial optimization solvers.
B.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) IIT Bombay, India, 2016.
Ph.D. (EECS) UC Berkeley, 2021.
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Saumil received his S.B. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2017 and 2018, respectively. For his work on room-temperature nanowire infrared detectors, Saumil received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Youth Award in 2013. As an undergraduate, he worked in several areas, including 2D materials at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, novel materials for receivers in free-space optical communication at Facebook's Connectivity Lab, and modeling of long-haul fiber-optic networks for the Telecom Infra Project with Facebook's Network Hardware Engineering team. For his Master's thesis, Saumil worked on frequency conversion systems for enabling distributed quantum networks with diamond color centers. Since then, his work has transitioned to silicon photonic integrated circuits for classical and quantum information processing. Before starting his PhD, Saumil worked on silicon photonics as a Senior Photonics Engineer at Elenion Technologies. Saumil is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD student in the Quantum Photonics Laboratory.
SB, Electrical Science and Engineering, MIT (2017)
MEng, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT (2018)
Liane Sarah Béland Bernstein
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Liane received her Bachelor of Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal in 2016, specializing in Photonics. There, in the groups of Profs. Frédéric Leblond and Caroline Boudoux, she worked extensively on advancing biomedical imaging techniques such as Raman spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography. Subsequently, Liane took up a summer internship at Photon Etc, where she worked on improving the signal-to-noise ratio of hyperspectral imagers. In fall 2016, Liane started her graduate work in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, where in 2018, she earned her Master of Science for “Ultrahigh-Resolution, Deep-Penetration Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography” in Prof. Andy Yun’s group. She is currently developing both theoretical descriptions as well as experimental demonstrations of optical deep neural networks in the Quantum Photonics Laboratory. Outside the lab, Liane loves to climb rocks and play the flute.
BEng (Engineering Physics), Polytechnique Montreal (2016)
MS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), MIT (2018)
Order of the White Rose Scholarship (2016)
FRQNT Doctoral Fellowship (2016-2018)
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (2018-2021)
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B.S. (Electrical Engineering), Caltech (2021)
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Kevin graduated with a B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Caltech in 2017. He began his undergraduate research with Professor Harry Atwater, working on designing spectrum-splitting photovoltaic modules. In 2016, he received the Henry Ford II Scholarship award. For his senior thesis project, he transitioned to the field of AMO physics and worked with Professor Manuel Endres on constructing 2D array of optical tweezers for trapping neutral strontium atoms. With experiences in nanofabrication and AMO, Kevin joined the Quantum Photonics Lab to work on scalable photonic systems with diamond color centers. He is currently funded by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Outside of lab, he is an avid boba drinker and a die-hard Lakers fan.
B.S. (Applied Physics), Caltech (2017)
S.M. (EECS), MIT (2019)
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Ian received his BS in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Washington. There, he worked with Professor Kai-Mei Fu on nitrogen-vacancy center quantum computation. Ian will continue similar work in the Quantum Photonics Lab.
Ian runs kinda fast.
BS (Math, Physics) University of Washington (2017)
Recipient of the QISE-NET award.
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B.A. (Computer Science & Physics) University of California, Berkeley
Yuqin (Sophia) Duan
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Sophia received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2019, where she worked on 2D ferroelectric material and p-bits simulation with Prof. Peide Ye and Supryio Datta. Later on, she spent a year exploring micro-robotics at Prof. Robert Wood lab, where she worked on designing robust and power-autonomous micro-bee. Inspired by the beauty of nature, Sophia joined the Quantum Photonics Lab at MIT to work on vertical cavity with artificial atom array. She is a recipient of Edwin Webster Fellowship. Outside of the lab, Sophia is a traditional/contemporary dance choreographer at MIT ADT, a classical musician, and renaissance art and Assyriology enthusiast.
B.S. (EE) Purdue University (2019)
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B.S. (Applied and Engineering Physics), Cornell University (2021)
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B.A.Sc. (Nanotechnology Engineering) University of Waterloo, Canada (2018)
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Hugo completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics at the University of Ottawa where he worked with Ebrahim Karimi and Robert Boyd on generating and characterizing topologically structured waves. The methods that he developed there involve applications in several fields including quantum cryptography, electron microscopy, materials science, nonlinear optics, and fundamental physics. Hugo joined the Quantum Photonics Lab as a graduate student in 2018.
B.Sc. (Physics) University of Ottawa, Canada (2016).
M.Sc. (Physics) University of Ottawa, Canada (2018).
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Linsen Li received his BS in Microelectronics from Tsinghua University in 2019. He was a gold medal winner in the 16th Asian Physics Olympiad in 2015. As an undergraduate, he was awarded the Tsinghua Presidential Award, the highest honor in Tsinghua University. He has pursued the advanced curriculum and undertaken several research projects during his undergraduate period at Tsinghua University, MIT, and Stanford University. Linsen Li is a recipient of the Analog Devices Fellowship in MIT EECS. Outside of work, he enjoys swimming, skiing, and golf.
BS (Microelectronics), Tsinghua University (2019)
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Thomas received a BA in Physics from the University of Chicago in 2021. There, under the guidance of Fred Chong, he developed techniques for improving the performance of quantum algorithms on NISQ devices. He completed his senior thesis in the lab of David Schuster, where he developed a numerical optimization protocol for making quantum gates robust to control imperfections and applied it to fluxonium-type superconducting circuits. For his undergraduate work, Thomas was awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and a full-tuition scholarship for his senior year from the UChicago Physics Department. Following graduation, he joined the Quantum Photonics Group at MIT as a Ph.D. student with the support of the NSFGRFP and the MIT Jacobs Presidential Fellowship. At MIT, Thomas is excited to develop photonic technologies for controlling quantum devices.
B.A. (Physics), University of Chicago (2021)
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Hamza received his BS in Applied Physics from Caltech in 2020. There, he worked in the lab of Dr. Hyuck Choo on a nanophotonic sensor implant for monitoring intraocular pressure, and later in the lab of Professor Oskar Painter on coherent, piezoelectric-based microwave-to-optical transduction. For his senior thesis, Hamza continued working with Professor Painter on vertical nanogap capacitors for low TLS density superconducting transmon qubits. Hamza joined the Quantum Photonics Laboratory in 2020 and is currently researching spin-phonon interfaces for quantum computing and networking applications. Hamza is a recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and will be an NDSEG fellow in the fall.
B.S. (Applied Physics) California Institute of Technology (2020)
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Alex received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2018. His research interests include the application of optics to data management and access for computation as well as novel techniques for interfacing CMOS and Photonic Systems.
BS (EECS) MIT 2018
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B.S. (Applied Physics), USTC (2020)
Jasvith Raj Basani
B.E (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
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Mark earned his B.S. from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in EECS. His research, both theoretical and experimental, covers a broad range of topics including nonlinear optics in fibers, semiconductor laser physics, device fabrication, and optical frequency comb metrology. He has received several Rackham research awards from UM, a Graduate Student Instructor of the Year award, and was a finalist for the Carl E. Anderson Dissertation Award. Currently, he is working in a collaboration between MITRE and MIT on quantum information processing in photonic integrated circuits.
B.S. (Applied Physics & EE) Cornell University (2012)
M.S. (EECS) University of Michigan (2013)
Ph.D. (EECS) University of Michigan (2018)
Currently Photonic Device Engineer at Cisco, Inc.
Currently at Robert Bosch GMBH.
Dmitri K. Efetov
Currently Assistant Professor at ICFO
PhD 2010, MIT
Currently the CTO at Dust Identity.
Currently Professor at Gachon University
Currently at Dust Identity.
Currently an Assistant Professor at Humboldt University, Berlin.
Currently a Nokia Senior Technical Staff.
MS (Electrical Engineering), Columbia University (2013)
BS (Applied Physics), Northwestern Polytechnical University (2012)
Currently Assistant Professor at CUNY
PhD (Physics) École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
MSc (Physics) University of Padua
Currently a Senior Research Scientist at QuEra Computing Inc.
PhD (Photonics Engineering), Ghent University (2016)
MSc (Engineering Physics), Ghent University (2011)
Dr. Chitraleema Chakraborty
Currently an Assistant Professor at University of Delaware.
MS (Nanophysics and Nanostructructures) Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France
PhD (Materials Science), University of Rochester, NY, USA (2018).
B.Sc. (Physics), Guanajuato University, Mexico (2012).
Ph.D (Physics) University of Maryland (2020).
Currently at Analog Photonics
MS (EE) Columbia University
MS (EE) National Taiwan University
BS (Physics) National Taiwan University
Currently a Technical Staff at Lincoln Laboratory.
MA (Physics), Columbia University (2013)
BA (Physics), Wellesley College
Currently a Scientist at Psi Quantum.
BEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), NTU
Currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Berkeley
MEng (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), MIT (2011)
BS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), MIT (2010)
Nicholas C. Harris
Currently CEO and Founder of Lightmatter
MSc (Electrical Engineering), University of Washington
BSc (Electrical Engineering), University of Idaho
Currently a Research Scientist at Facebook
MEng (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), MIT (2013)
SB (Physics and Electrical Engineering), MIT (2012)
Currently a Senior Research Scientist at QuEra Computing Inc.
MS (Physics), Korea University (2013)
BS (Physics), Korea University (2011)
Currently a Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at LightMatter.
BS (Physics), The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
BS (Mechanical Engineering), The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
Currently at Apple Inc.
BA (Mathematics), Cornell University (2013)
BA (Physics), Cornell University (2013)
Currently a Research Scientist at HRL Laboratories.
BS (Physics), MIT (2013)
BS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), MIT (2013)
Currently a Senior Research Scientist at Systems & Technology Research
SM (Applied Physics), Harvard University (2014)
BS (Engineering Physics), Cornell University (2011)
MS (EECS), Seoul National University (2012)
BS (EE), Seoul National University (2010)
BS (Electrical Engineering and Physics), United States Naval Academy (2017)
Dedicated Undergraduate Alumni
Visiting Scholar Alumni
M.S. (Communication Engineering) Tohoku University, Japan (2015)
B.S. (Information Engineering) Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China (2013)