(10/17) Professor Povinelli was invited to give a plenary talk at META '18 in June.
(10/17) Our work with collaborators at Sandia National Laboratory has been featured in Spotlight on Optics. The first author of the paper is Dr. Duke Anderson, who earned his PhD earlier in 2017.
(9/17) Professor Povinelli has been elevated to Senior Member of the IEEE.
(8/17) July and August are busy travel months
for Professor Povinelli, who is giving Invited Talks on the group's
work at META'17 in Korea,
SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, and OMN in Santa Fe.
(8/17) Welcome to our new PhD student,
Romil Audhkhasi, who will be joining the group this Fall. Romil
recently finished his undergraduate degree at IIT Delhi.
(5/17) Welcome to our summer intern, Arkadev Roy (bottom left), from the IUSSTF-Viterbi Program. Arkadev is an undergraduate at IIT Kharagpur.
(5/17) Aravind Krishnan, Ahmed Morsy, and Shao-Hua Wu all made oral presentations at CLEO 2017 -- in fact, Shao-Hua had two talks!
(5/17) Congratulations to Duke Anderson for defending his PhD thesis!
(5/17) We have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study Thermal Homeostasis. See our Research page for more information on our work.
(10/16) Our group has been awarded a SURP Research Grant to collaborate with Dr. John Hennessey of JPL on Aluminum Plasmonics for Ultraviolet Sensors and Systems.
(10/16) Prof. Michelle Povinelli has been elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America for "contributions to the theory and application of light forces in optical nanostructures and for the understanding and realization of nanostructures for solar energy conversion."
(9/16) Undergrad researcher Mingkun Chen has been awarded a Viterbi Scholarship.
(8/16) (L to R) Aravind Krishnan, Duke Anderson, and Shao-Hua Wu made presentations at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016, while Ahmed Morsy co-authored an invited talk given by Professor Povinelli.
(7/16) The entire Summer 2016 crew.
(6/16) Our lab has been selected for funding through the NG-ION Institute, a joint effort between Northrop Grumman and USC.
(6/16) Lab alums Prof. Mehmet Solmaz, Dr. Jing Ma, Dr. Roshni Biswas, and Dr. Chenxi Lin met up at CLEO 2016 for a mini-reunion.
(5/16) Congratulations to Shao-Hua (Nick) Wu for winning a Government Scholarship to Study Abroad (GSSA) from the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan).
(5/16) Duke Anderson, Roshni Biswas, and Ningfeng Huang participated in this year's Viterbi PhD Hooding ceremony.
(5/16) Four undergraduate interns will be joining the lab this summer: Shriddha Chaitanya (Viterbi India Program), Mingkun Chen (Provost's Undergraduate Research Fellowship, USC), Elise Uyehara (USC), and Luqi Wang (Nankai exchange program).
(4/16) Ningfeng Huang was selected as one of three finalists
in the Viterbi School of Engineering Best Dissertation Symposium, held to select the winner of the William F. Balhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Research.
(10/15) As of October 2015, 6 PhD students have graduated from the lab and gone on to R&D careers in optics and photonics. Pictured here are our 2015 graduates, Ningfeng Huang and Roshni Biswas.
(8/15) Duke Anderson has won a Best Student Paper Award at the SPIE Active Photonic Materials conference, part of the Optics + Photonics Conference in San Diego, CA, sponsored by the SPIE.
(8/15) Congratulations to Roshni Biswas on the successful defense of her PhD thesis!
(7/15) Professor Povinelli has been elected
to the grade of Senior Member of the SPIE and Senior Member of OSA.
(6/15) Professor Povinelliwas pictured in what she calls the "cool hobbies" section of the USC Viterbi magazine.
(5/15) Two undergraduate interns are joining the lab for summer research: Traci Takasugi from Cal Poly Pomona, and Ruyue Zhang from Nankai University.
(5/15) Shao-Hua Wu, Duke Anderson, and Roshni Biswas all made presentations at CLEO in San Jose.
(5/15) Welcome to Ahmed Morsy, who is joining the group as a new PhD student this fall.
(5/15) Congratulations to Ningfeng Huang on the successful defense of his PhD thesis!
(3/15) Our group was a part of the Viterbi Spotlight Series, in which K-12 students and teachers toured electrical engineering labs. Roshni Biswas, Duke Anderson, Shao-Hua (Nick) Wu, and Aravind Krishnan helped spark kids' interest in our work on photovoltaics and optical trapping.
(9/14) Congratulations to Eric Jaquay on the successful defense of his PhD thesis!
(9/14) Congratulations to Ningfeng Huang for being named as one of this year's Ming Hsieh Institute Scholars. This select group of top PhD students from the Electrical Engineering Department is chosen by a faculty committee on the basis of their outstanding research accomplishments.
Current group photo.
Aravind Krishnan will be joining the group as a new PhD student in the
We have two undergraduates participating in research this summer. Danika Luntz-Marti is currently a physics
major at Smith College and will be joining us through the SURE program. Ruobai Feng will be joining us from University of Nankai through an exchange organized by the USC Physics Department.
(5/14) Shao-Hua (Nick) Wu has earned his MS in Electrical Engineering and will be returning to the group in the fall as a PhD student. Congratulations, Nick!
(4/14) Michelle has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure.
(10/13) Chenxi Lin has successfully defended his thesis. Congratulations, Chenxi!
(9/13) Luke Bouma has joined the group as an undergraduate researcher working on solar energy.
(7/13) Professor Dan Dapkus, Professor Michelle Povinelli, and collaborators were awarded the Overall Winner Runner-up prize in the Ten-Hundred and One Word Challenge at the Energy Frontier Research Center PI Meeting in Washington DC. The challenge was to make a poster describing their research using only the 1000 most common words in the English language, plus "energy."
(6/13) Jing (Maggie) Ma and Camilo Mejia are the first two students in the group to graduate from the PhD program! Congratulations.
(6/13) Vivek Sahay and Debarghya Sarkar will be working in the group this summer, as part of the SURE program and the Viterbi India program, respectively. Vivek is an undergrad at the University of British Columbia, and Debarghya is an undergrad at Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
(5/10) Jing Ma presented a talk at CLEO
titled "Applications of Optical Forces in Microphotonic Devices".
(4/10) Professor Michelle Povinelli is
co-PI on a DURIP award with Professor Andrea Armani titled
"Instrumentation to Rapidly Characterize Micro- and Nano-Fabricated
Devices for Integrated Photonics and Biodetection."
(9/09) Jing (Maggie) Ma will be giving a
presentation at the Frontiers in Optics meeting in San Jose, CA in
October on her work, "Large tuning of birefringence in two strip
silicon waveguides via optomechanical motion."
(8/09) Camilo Mejia has joined the group.
Camilo is a 2nd year PhD student in Physics and holds a Provost's
(6/09) Chenxi Lin presented a poster titled
"Absorption Enhancement in Silicon Nanowire Arrays with Large Lattice
Constants for Photovoltaic Application" at the OSA Optics and Photonics
for Advanced Energy Technology topical meeting in Boston.
(1/09) Master's student Steven Choi is joining the lab this
semester for EE590: Directed Research.
(1/09) Lab renovations are
complete and we are starting to set up equipment for our optical
(9/08) We have moved into our
offices in VHE 309.
(8/08) Congratulations to Jing Ma, Chenxi Lin, and Eric Jaquay for receiving the Viterbi, Provost, and Annenberg fellowships, respectively.