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Yujun Zhong

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

Yujun Zhong got her Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Delaware in January, 2014. She received her B.S. in Optical Information, Science and Technology from Sun Yat-sen University (China) in June of 2007, and did two years of materials research there afterwards. She currently studies plasmonic and photonic materials using molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth. She is interested in III-V semiconductors, plasmonic materials, IR optoelectronics, photovoltaics and thermoelectrics.


Will Streyer

3rd Year Graduate Student

Will Streyer studies highly-doped semiconductors and phononic materials for mid- and far- IR applications. He studied mathematics with a minor in German at the University of South Carolina earning a Bachelor’s of Science in 2006. Afterward, he worked in software development and technical support within the healthcare industry. He later studied electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin in preparation for graduate studies.

Runyu Liu

3rd Year Graduate Student

Runyu got his B.S. in Optoelectronics Science and Technology from Tianjin University in China, and the M.S. degree in EE from UMass Lowell in 2012. His current research is focused on understanding the epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) material, the light matter interaction with it, and making a waveguide structure based on the designer ENZ material.


Lan Yu

3rd Year Graduate Student

Lan Yu got his B.S in photovoltaics and solar energy from University of New South Wales, Sydney, in the March of 2011. At the same time, he got another B.S in EE from Zhejiang University, China. His research there was in the field of doping method of 3rd generation solar cells (QD material) and how to improve efficiency of solar cells. He is interested in semiconductor devices and theory, solar cells, QD materials, laser, plasmonics and applied optics.


Daniel Zuo

5th Year Graduate Student

Daniel Zuo received his B.S. in Applied Physics from Cornell University in May of 2009, completing a senior thesis in iterative phase recovery methods. His research is focused on defect and carrier transport characterization in type-II superlattice devices, which are used to detect mid- to long-wavelength infrared radiation. Major characterization techniques include electron beam induced current study of minority carrer diffusion length, and deep level transient spectroscopy.


Narae Yoon

1st year Graduate Student

Narae Yoon got her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. During the summer and the fall of 2014, she was working on developing code to model carrier recombination in narrow bandgap semiconductors with Dr. Wasserman. She became a first year graduate student in the spring of 2015. She will be working on characterization of narrow bandgap semiconductors for light detection and emission applications.


Joshua Surya

Undergraduate Student

Josh is a junior in electrical engineering.  During the summer of 2013, he characterized the optical properties of quantum dots for applications in quantum cascade lasers.  Since then, he has done tests on flat plasmonic structures and is currently working on finite-domain time-dfference (FDTD) simulations. He is also developing a fabrication process for self-assembled mid-IR metamaterials.



Sukrith Dev

Undergraduate Student

Sukrith joined the group in the Summer of 2014 and is working on developing an experimental set-up for mid-infrared time-resolved photoluminescence experiments.

Zipporah Goldenfeld

Undergraduate Student

Zippy is working on the RCWA modeling of mid-infrared filter structures.

Former Group Members

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Graduate Students

  • AARON ROSENBERG- Masters 2014. Currently employed at Nova Research.
  • ANDREW TAYLOR- Masters 2013.  Currently employed at Lockheed Martin.
  • JOSHUA MASON - PhD 2012, currently a post-doc for Prof. Jayant Kumar in the UMass Lowell Center for Advanced Materials.
  • DAVID ADAMS - PhD 2012, currently a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School.
  • TROY RIBAUDO- PhD 2011, currently employed at Lam Research.
  • KEVIN ANGLIN- Master's Degree 2010: Mid-IR Plasmonics for Sensing applications.  Currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UML, researching at Lincoln Labs.
  • DAVID SLOCUM- Master's Degree 2011: Mid-IR Epsilon Near Zero materials.  Currently pursuing Ph.D. at UML in the Sub-Millimeter Wave Technology Lab.

Undergraduate Students

  • Narae Yoon- 2014: Narae spent her summer and Spring and Fall of 2014 working on developing code to model carrier recombination in narrow bandgap semiconductor materials.  She will be joining the Wasserman group as a PhD student in Spring 2015!
  • Travis Hamilton- 2013-2014: Simulating and testing selective thermal emitters using surface plasmon polaritons. Travis graduated from the UIUC ECE Department in December 2014, completing his senior thesis with Dr. Wasserman.
  • Torin Kilpatrick-Summer, Fall 2012, Spring 2013: Development of MEEP (FDTD shareware) capabilities for simulations of mid-IR plasmonic structures.  Graduate Student in Lyding group at UIUC.
  • Nish Nookola-Summer, Fall 2012, Spring 2013: Design and characterization of a geometry-dependent selective thermal emitter structure for mid-IR spectroscopy applications.  Currently PhD student at UT-Austin.
  • GINO ROONEY-Summer, Fall 2012, Spring 2013:  Nanostructured doped Silicon for selective thermal emission.  Currently a Master's student at Stanford University.
  • Tom Jacobs -Summer, Fall 2012, Spring 2013:  Nanostructured doped Silicon for selective thermal emission.  Working in Finance in Chicago.
  • JOSE (ROBBY) REGALBUTO - Summer 2012: Mid-IR imaging system development, EOT with patterned, doped semiconductors, and monolayer deposition  of thiols on semiconductor films.
  • Eric Sanchez -Spring 2013: Development of outreach modules for K-12 Photonics education.
  • Simrin Wahal- Summer 2013: Development of GUI for Transfer Matrix Method modeling of multilayer dielectric/metal structures.
  • ERIC NAGY- Summer 2010: Mid-IR PLasmonics for Sensing and Steering applications.
  • SHAUN SMITH - Summer 2010: Selective thermal emission from patterned steel substrates.  Summer 2009: Physics I course development.
  • ZACHARIAH JOHNSON - 2009: Selective thermal emission from patterned substrates.  Graduated 2010 (UML Physics).
  • CYNTHIA MITCHELL - Physics I course development.
  • CHRIS REIDY - Mid-IR Quantum Cascade Lasers with polymer electrical isolation layers.  Graduated Spring 2009, currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Physics Department at Oregon State University.
  • MELISSA SPENCER - Capstone Project: Mid-IR Quantum Cascade Lasers with polymer electrical isolation layers.   Graduated Spring 2009, currently at MIT Lincoln Labs.