Taran Huffman received his B.S. in Physics from USC in 2010. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus in Electronics and Photonics. His current research efforts are focused on the further development of the ultra-low-loss waveguide platform, specifically coupled micro ring resonators. In his free time Taran enjoys hiking, Dungeons and Dragons, and dancing.
Sarat Chandra Gundavarapu
Sarat received his bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India, in 2007. He worked for 4 years in financial software and joined the masters program in Electrical Engineering at UCSB in 2011. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at University of California Santa Barbara. His research interests include tunable lasers and photonic integrated circuits.
Grant M. Brodnik
Grant received his B.S. in Optical Engineering in 2014 from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. In 2016, he completed a dual-degree M.S. at Rose-Hulman and Seoul National University of Science and Technology. While at Rose-Hulman, Grant conducted research involving high-power diode laser characterization and performance metrics. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UCSB in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus in Electronics and Photonics. In his spare time Grant enjoys exercising and pick-up sports, cookouts and bonfires on the beach, and exploring Santa Barbara with friends.
Cátia has a degree in Physics Engineering and Master’s in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the MAP-tele Doctoral Programme in Telecommunications at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Research experience includes optical communications (e.g., photonic integrated circuits, fiber optics and optical systems testing), biomedical signal processing and development of health information technologies. In the scope of her PhD studies she performed supplementary training at the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) – Electrical Engineering Division of the University of Cambridge. Cátia is currently collaborating as a researcher in the Optical Communications and Photonic Integration (OCPI) group at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Debapam completed his B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad in India, in 2016 and interned at Hokkaido University, Japan in 2015 working to fabricate plasmonic nanostructures. Currently, as a 2nd year Masters student, Debapam is interested in the designing and fabrication of ultra low loss waveguide devices.
Nitesh received his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Indore in 2016. He joined UCSB to pursue his Masters in Fall 2016 and joined the OCPI group in December 2016. He is currently studying topological behavior of light and its applications. During his free time he likes biking, trekking, and photography.
Zhenlin received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from both Colorado State University and East China Normal University. He is currently pursuing a M.S. degree at UCSB with focus on Electronics and Photonics. His research interests include waveguide fabrication and photonic integrated circuits.
Mark received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at UC Santa Cruz in 2017. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB, and is interested in photonics systems engineering. Outside of research, Mark enjoys board games, soccer, and hiking.
Jiawei received his B.Eng. in Electronic Science and Technology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2015 and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at UCLA in 2017. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in ECE at UCSB, with research interest in photonic molecules and photonic integration. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar and basketball.
John Wood received his B.Sc. in Engineering Physics and his M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Alberta in 2014 and 2017 respectively. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB, learning how to design and fabricate ultra-low-loss waveguides. Beyond research, John enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, sewing, and reading fiction—preferably science fiction.