Current members

Email: mkats [at] wisc [dot] edu

Phone: 608 890 3984

1415 Engineering Drive, Room 3441, Madison, WI 53706

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Prof. Mikhail Kats

Jack St. Clair Kilby Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Also, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, the Wisconsin Energy Institute, the Wisconsin Quantum Institute, and the McPherson Eye Research Institute.

B.S. (Engineering Physics), Cornell University
Ph.D. (Applied Physics), Harvard University

Awards and Recognition

  • 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)

Email: cho252 [at] wisc [dot] edu

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Dr. Jin-Woo Cho

Research Associate (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Ph. D. and M.S. (Physics) Kyung Hee University

B.S. (Advanced Materials Engineering) Kyung Hee University

Awards and Recognition

  • MRS Fall Meeting Best Poster Award; the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, USA, 2019.

  • 2021 Best Poster Presentation Award; the 12th International Conference on Advanced and Devices, South Korea, 2021.

Jin-Woo's research interests are focused on manipulating thermal emission spectra for mid-infrared photonics, which includes radiative cooling, energy-harvesting, and directional thermal beaming.

Email: hmei6 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Hongyan (May) Mei

Ph.D. Student (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

B.S. (Optical Science and Engineering), Zhejiang University
M.S. (ECE), University of Wisconsin–Madison

Awards and Recognition

  • OSA Best Student Paper Award Winner; 2021 OSA Advanced Photonics Congress

May's broad research interests are in the areas of optical materials and nanophotonic structures.

Email: jlking2 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Jonathan King

Ph.D. Student (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

B.S. (Nuclear Engineering), University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. (Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Awards and Recognition

  • Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship (2019)

Jon's research interests are in the area of thermal-radiation engineering and measurement.

Email: dfeng24 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Demeng Feng

Ph.D. Student (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

B.Eng. (Materials Science and Engineering), Harbin Institute of Technology
M.S. (Materials Science and Engineering), Stanford University

Demeng's research interests are in the areas of optical forces and vision engineering.

Email: sanket.deshpande [at] wisc [dot] edu
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Sanket Deshpande

Ph.D. Student (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

B.E. (Electrical Engineering), BITS Pilani
M.S. (Physics), BITS Pilani

M.S. (ECE), University of Wisconsin - Madison

Sanket's research is in the area of photonic engineering for quantum technologies. He serves as a student leader for the NSF Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks (HQAN) project.

Email: rhamid2 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Rabeeya Hamid

Ph.D. Student (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

B.S. (Electrical and Electronics Engineering), Lahore University of Management Sciences

Awards and Recognition

  • Chancellor's Opportunity Fellowship (2021)

Rabeeya's research interests span the areas of photonics, machine learning, and signal processing, with particular interest in applications in the fields of biosensing, imaging, and optical neural networks.

Email: tanuj.kumar [at] wisc [dot] edu
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Tanuj Kumar

Ph.D. Student (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

B.E. (Electrical & Electronics Engineering), BITS Pilani
M.S. (
Chemistry), BITS Pilani

Awards and Recognition

  • Chancellor's Opportunity Fellowship (2021)

Tanuj's interests lie in nanofabrication, light-semiconductor interactions and optical forces.

Email: cfang58 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Chengyu Fang

Ph.D. Student (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

B.S. (Physics), ShanghaiTech University
M.
Eng. (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Oregon State University

Chengyu's research interests are in the area of nanophotonics including device fabrication, device testing and material characterization.

Email: mkim725 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Minjeong Kim

Ph.D. Student (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

B.S. (Electrical Engineering), Pusan National University


Minjeong's research interests are in nanophotonics and device fabrication.

Email: syin39 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Shenwei (Erick) Yin

Ph.D. Student (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

B. S. (Applied Math, Engineering, and Physics), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Shenwei’s research is focusing on the characterization of optical materials using spectroscopic ellipsometry.

Kats Group Student Office:

Engineering Hall,1415 Engineering Drive, Room 3553, Madison, WI 53706.