Principal Investigator:


Mona Jarrahi

Mona Jarrahi

66-147E Engineering IV
(310) 206-1371

Associate Professor, University of California Los Angeles
Electrical Engineering Department

Mona Jarrahi received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2000 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003 and 2007. She served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California Berkeley from 2007 to 2008. After serving as an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan Ann Arbor, she joined University of California Los Angeles in 2013 as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory.

Prof. Jarrahi has made significant contributions to the development of ultrafast electronic and optoelectronic devices and integrated systems for terahertz and millimeter-wave sensing, imaging, computing, and communication systems by utilizing novel materials, nanostructures, and quantum well structures as well as innovative plasmonic and optical concepts. The outcomes of her research has appeared in 150 publications and 120 keynote/plenary/invited talks and have received a significant amount of attention from scientific news outlets including EE Times, Popular Mechanics, IEEE Spectrum, Optics & Photonics News Magazine, Laser Focus world, and Photonics Spectra Magazine. Her scientific achievements have been recognized by several international and national prestigious awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE); Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Moore Inventor Fellowship by Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation; Kavli Fellowship by the USA National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award from the USA National Academy of Engineering (NAE); Early Career Award in Nanotechnology from the IEEE Nanotechnology Council; Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society; Booker Fellowship from the USA National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science; Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society; Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award; Early Career Award from the USA National Science Foundation (NSF); Young Investigator Awards from the USA Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); the Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Award from the University of Michigan; Distinguished Alumni Award from Sharif University of Technology; and best-paper awards at the International Microwave Symposium, International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, and International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves.

Prof. Jarrahi is actively involved in several professional societies and has been on program committees of several conferences from IEEE, OSA, and SPIE societies. She is a senior member of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE societies and serves as a member of the Terahertz Technology and Applications Committee of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques, an editorial board member of Journal of Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, a Traveling Lecturer of OSA, and a Visiting Lecturer of SPIE. In addition, she serves as a panelist and reviewer for the USA National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Department of Energy (DOE). Read full biography ...



Postdoctoral Scholars:


Semih Cakmakyapan

Semih Cakmakyapan

Semih Cakmakyapan received his B.S. (2009) and Ph.D. (2015) degrees in physics from Bilkent University. He is the recipient of Ihsan Dogramaci Education Foundation Scholarship (2005-2009) and the Graduate Scholarship of Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey (2009-2015). His research interests include plasmonics, metamaterials, and graphene based tunable plasmonic devices. He is the author/co-author of 18 SCI papers.



Graduate Students:


Nezih Tolga Yardimci

Nezih Tolga Yardimci

Nezih Tolga Yardimci received his B.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University (2012). He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the recipient of the University of Michigan College of Engineering Graduate Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Deniz Turan

Deniz Turan

Deniz Turan received his B.S from Electrical and Electronics Department in Middle East Technical University (2014). He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Electrical Engineering Department at University of California, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the Samueli Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Ping Keng Lu

Ping Keng Lu

Ping Keng Lu received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from National Chiao Tung University (2012/2014). He is currently working toward a Ph.D. degree in the Electrical Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the UCLA Living Spring Electrical Engineering Fellowship (2015) and the Henry Samueli Fellowship (2016).

Leihao Wei

Leihao Wei

Leihao Wei received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (with an emphasis on physical and wave electronics) at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Yen-Ju Lin

Yen-Ju Lin

Yen-Ju Lin received her B.S and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 2014 and 2016, respectively. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. degree in the Electrical Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the Samueli Fellowship for the 2016-2018 academic year and School of Engineering Dean's Scholar Award in 2016.

Xurong Li

Xurong Li

Xurong Li received his B.S. degree in Microelectronics from Peking University in 2016. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles.



Alumni:


Sung Ho Park

Sung Ho Park

Sung Ho Park received his B.S. degree from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2012. He was a member of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory during his undergraduate studies and received the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Undergradute/Pre-Graduate Scholarship for his research on developing antenna models for photoconductive antennas radiating at terahertz frequencies. Additionally, he won the 3rd and 5th place in International Marine Advanced Technology Education ROV Competition in 2007 and 2008, and received a letter of recognition from U.S. congress and Texas Senate. Sung Ho is currently a hardware development engineer at Microsoft.

Shenglin Li

Shenglin Li

Shenglin Li received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2011. He received his M.S. degree from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2012. He was a member of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory during his graduate studies and conducted research on reconfigurable meta-surfaces for broadband terahertz modulation. He is currently a System Engineer at Marvell Semiconductor.

Mehmet Unlu

Mehmet Unlu

Mehmet Unlu received his B.S. (2001), M.S. (2003), and Ph.D. (2009) degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at METU-MEMS Center (2009) and as a research scientist at Utah State University, Logan, UT while he conducted his research activities at Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility (CNF), Ithaca, NY (2010-2011). Dr. Unlu was a postdoctoral scholar at the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory and conducted research on MEMS-reconfigurable meta-surfaces for high-performance terahertz modulation. Dr. Unlu received the "METU Thesis of the Year Award" in 2009 for his Ph.D. dissertation, which was awarded by the Prof. Mustafa N. Parlar Education and Research Foundation. He was also awarded by a graduate fellowship given by the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) during his Ph.D. study. He is currently an assistant professor at the Electronics and Communication Engineering department at Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara, Turkey.

Christopher Berry

Christopher Berry

Christopher Berry received his BSE, MSE, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2007, 2010, 2013). He was a member of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory during his graduate studies and conducted research on plasmonic photoconductors for high-performance terahertz radiation sources. He has received several prestigious awards and scholarships during his undergraduate and graduate studies including the William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize, James B. Angell Scholar Award, Michigan Merit Award, Regent Merit Scholarship, Motorola Merit Scholarship, Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award, International Microwave Symposium Best Student Paper Award (3rd place), and IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting Best Student Paper Award (2nd place). He is currently a Postdoctoral Appointee at Sandia National Laboratories. He is currently a Senior Firmware Engineer at Infinera Corporation.

Soroosh Hemmati

Soroosh Hemmati

Soroosh Hemmati received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering with minors in pure mathematics and physics, from the University of Calgary in 2014 and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California Los Angeles in 2015. He was a member of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory during his masters studies and conducted research on three-dimensional plasmonic photoconductors for high-efficiency terahertz sources. He was the top student of class of 2014 at the University of Calgary for which he was awarded the APEGA Past Presidents' Gold Medal in Electrical Engineering and featured as a distinguished graduating student on the university website. In addition, he was a recipient of Seymour Schulich Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship (2010-2013), Louise McKinney Scholarship (2010-2013), NSERC Scholarship for Undergraduate Research (2012), Dean Wirasinghe Scholarship in Engineering (2011), Henry Samueli Fellowship (2015), and was the sole male nominee of University of Calgary for C.D. Howe scholarship (2011). He competed in numerous mathematics and physics Olympiad competitions in Canada, in which he scored consistently among the top three in the province of Alberta, and top ten nationally, in AHSMC, COMC, CMO, USAMO, APMO, and CAP exam, and was therefore selected as a finalist for both the mathematics and physics international Olympiad teams of Canada (2010). He is currently a Ph.D. student at Stanford University.

Xiao Li

Xiao Li

Xiao Li received her B.S. degree in optoelectronic engineering from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology in 2014 and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016. She was a member of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory during her graduate studies and conducted research on tunable terahertz wave generation based on photomixing of telecommunication lasers. She is currently an Optical Engineer at Magic Leap, Inc.

Mohammed Reza Hashemi

Mohammed Reza Hashemi

Mohammed Reza M. Hashemi received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with highest honor from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004, M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Dr. Hashemi was a postdoctoral scholar at the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory from 2011 to 2016 and conducted research on reconfigurable metamaterials for terahertz wave modulation and beam-forming. In 2015 he was nominated by UCLA Electrical Engineering Department for the prestigious Chancellor's Postdoctoral Award and he was selected among the top 26 UCLA postdocs from all departments and recognized for his excellent research achievements. He was also the recipient of Melvin P. Bloom Memorial Graduate Fellowship, Hervey Engineering Scholarship, Educational Opportunity Grant, Charles Chun Engineering Scholarship, and University of Nevada, Reno General Scholarship. He is currently a senior postdoctoral scholar at California Institute of Technology.

Ning Wang

Ning Wang

Ning Wang received her B.S. in electrical engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, China in 2010 and her MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2012 and 2016, respectively. She was a member of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory during her graduate studies and conducted research on high-sensitivity terahertz receivers based on plasmonic photoconductors. She has received the University of Michigan College of Engineering Graduate Fellowship, Nanotechnology and Integrated Microsystems Student Association (NIMSA) Outstanding leadership award and the best student poster award (2nd) from the International Workshop on Optical Terahertz Science and Technology. She is currently a Research Engineer at Bosch Research and Technology Center North America.

Shang Hua Yang

Shang-Hua Yang

Shang-Hua Yang received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 2007, M.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, in 2009, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2016. He was a member of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory during his doctoral studies and conducted research on advanced plasmonic photoconductive sources for pulsed and continuous-wave terahertz generation. He has received several prestigious awards and scholarships during his undergraduate and graduate studies including the United Microelectronics Corporation Scholarship (2007), Rotary Education Foundation Best Student Award (2008), SPIE Scholarship in Optics and photonics (2012), IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award (2014), Rackham Summer Graduate Student Award (2015), and Taiwanese Government Scholarship to Study Abroad (2015). He was also invited to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2016. He is currently an assistant professor at the Electrical Engineering department at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

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