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Sasan Fathpour joined the College of Optics and Photonics faculty in 2008. His current research interest include heterogeneous second-order nonlinear materials on silicon photonics, mid-wave infrared silicon photonics, optical delay lines and radio-frequency photonics on silicon, hybrid integration of III-V compound semiconductors and silicon, subwavelength plasmonic apertures on silicon, and energy efficiency in silicon and III-V photonics.  Since joining the CREOL faculty, he has received three National Science Foundation grants, including the NSF CAREER award in 2012. He received the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2013.  He has received UCF's Reach for the Stars Award in 2015, the university's Teaching Incentive Award in 2013, and the College of Optics and Photonics Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award in 2013.

Professor Fathpour received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2005. His dissertation was on quantum dot lasers and spintronic light sources and materials, in which he demonstrated the world’s first temperature invariant semiconductor laser and the fastest quantum dot laser to date. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined the Electrical Engineering Department of UCLA as a postdoctoral fellow and was promoted to a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2007. His UCLA research on energy harvesting in silicon photonics won him the 2007 UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research. Prior to joining CREOL, he was a Senior Researcher at Ostendo Technologies Inc., where he was working on novel visible light sources for display applications. Sasan Fathpour is the co-editor of a book entitled "Silicon Photonics for Telecommunications and Biomedicine" published by CRC Press in 2012. He is a co-author of about 120 journal and conference papers, 6 book chapters and 3 pending patents.