Group Leader

Mikhail Kats [Google Scholar] [CV]
Jack St. Clair Kilby Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering

BS (Engineering Physics), Cornell University; Ph.D (Applied Physics), Harvard University

1415 Engineering Drive, Room 3441, Madison, WI 53706   
email: mkats [at] wisc [dot] edu | phone: 608 890 3984 | Twitter (personal): @mickeykats
  • IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Awardee (2020)
  • IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator (2019)
  • Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% in the field, 2018, 2019)
  • ASEE Prism "20 Under 40" (2018)
  • NSF CAREER recipient (2018)
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator (2017)
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator (2016)
  • Forbes "30 Under 30" (2016)
Graduate Students

Chenghao Wan
BS (Physics), Peking University; MS (Materials Science), UW - Madison
Engineering Hall, Room 3553 
email: cwan3 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Jad Salman
BS, MS (Electrical Engineering), UW - Madison
  [2015] Frank Rogers Bacon Fellowship 
  [2018] Chancellor's Opportunity Fellowship 
  [2019] Innovative Signal Analysis Fellowship 
Engineering Hall, Room 3553 
email: jsalman [at] wisc [dot] edu

Alireza Shahsafi
BS (Electrical Engineering), University of Tehran; MS (Electrical Engineering), UW-Madison
Engineering Hall, Room 3553 
email: shahsafi [at] wisc [dot] edu

Zhaoning (April) Yu
BS (Physics), University of Science and Technology of China (USTC); MS (ECE), UW-Madison
Engineering Hall, Room 3553 
email: zyu83 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Raymond Wambold
BS (Physics) and MS (Materials Science), Penn State University
  [2016] Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship 
  [2018] DoD SMART Scholarship (sponsored by AFRL)
  [2018] Directed Energy Professional Society Sam Blankenship Award
Engineering Hall, Room 3553 
email: rwambold [at] wisc [dot] edu

Bryan Rubio
BS (Physics and Applied Math), University of New Mexico 
  [2018] Advanced Opportunity Fellowship
Engineering Hall, Room 3553    
email: rubioperez [at] wisc [dot] edu

Hongyan (May) Mei
BS (Optical Science and Engineering), Zhejiang University
Engineering Hall, Room 3553    
email: hmei6 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Jonathan King
BS (Nuclear Engineering) and MS (Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics), University of Wisconsin-Madison
Engineering Hall, Room 3553    
email: jking2 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Demeng Feng
B. Eng (Materials Science and Engineering), Harbin Institute of Technology, M. S. (Materials Science and Engineering), Stanford University
Engineering Hall, Room 3553    
email: dfeng24 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Purva Bhumkar
BS, MS (Physics), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune
Engineering Hall, Room 3553    
email: bhumkar [at] wisc [dot] edu

Postdoctoral Scholars

Yuzhe Xiao
BS (Physics), Harbin Institute of Technology; MS and PhD (Optics), University of Rochester
Postdoc (ECE), University of California - San Diego
  [2018] People's Choice Award (best talk), UW-Madison Postdoc Symposium 
Engineering Hall, Room 3553    
email: xiao5 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Visiting Scholars + Research Interns

UW-Madison Undergraduate Students

Nick Stanisic

Shaoheng (Shawn) Zhou

Jack Yang


Brad Gundlach
MS Student [2015 - 2018]
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Position after departure: Medical student at UCLA

Patrick Roney
MS Student [2015 - Spring]
Sandia National Labs Critical Skills Master's Program Fellow 

Position after departure: Engineer at Sandia National Lab

Manuel Martinez
Intern [Summer 2016], visiting from UT - El Paso
UW-Madison Graduate Engineering Scholars (GERS) Summer Fellow

Position after departure: returned to UT - El Paso

Nolan Urbanek
Undergraduate researcher [Fall 2016], UW - Madison ECE student

Position after departure: Electronic Design Engineer at Boeing

Graham Joe
Co-op student [2017], visiting from the University of Waterloo

Position after departure: returned to Waterloo, then PhD student at Harvard

Bryan Rubio
Intern [Summer 2017], visiting from the University of New Mexico
UW-Madison Graduate Engineering Scholars (GERS) Summer Fellow

Position after departure: returned to New Mexico, then PhD student at UW-Madison

Anthony Wang
Undergraduate researcher [Fall 2016 - Spring 2017], UW - Madison ECE student

Position after departure: visiting researcher at UW-Madison (Physics)

Michel Frising
Visiting researcher, doing his MS research while @ ETH Zurich [2017]

Received for his MS thesis: Foundation Enovos Prix d’Excellence (2018)
Position after departure: PhD student at the Autonomous University of Madrid, with La Caixa INPhINIT doctoral fellowship (2018)