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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: xiao5 [at] wisc [dot] edu

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Dr. Yuzhe Xiao

Assistant Scientist

B.S. (Physics), Harbin Institute of Technology
M.S. and Ph.D. (Optics), University of Rochester

Postdoc (ECE), University of CaliforniaSan Diego

Postdoc (ECE), University of WisconsinMadison

Awards and Recognition

  • People’s Choice Award (best talk), UW-Madison Postdoctoral Research Symposium (2018)

  • Finalist, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Innovation Award (2021)

Yuzhe’s research interests are light-matter interactions across the fields of nonlinear optics, quantum plasmonics, and thermal emission.

Starting in January 2023, Yuzhe will be assistant professor at the University of North Texas.

Email: cwan3 [at] wisc [dot] edu
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Dr. Chenghao Wan

Research Associate (Materials Science and Engineering)

B.S. (Physics), Peking University
Ph.D. and
M.S. (Materials Science and Engineering), University of WisconsinMadison

Awards and Recognition

  • Finalist, James Harper Award (American Vacuum Society (AVS) Thin-Film Division) (2021)

  • Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarship (AVS National Graduate Student Award) (2021)

  • Best Student Paper, 2nd Prize; OSA Novel Optical Materials and Applications (2020)

  • Finalist, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Innovation Award (2021)

Chenghao's research interests are focused on engineering light-matter interactions with micro/nanostructures and phase-transition materials.

Starting in January 2023, Chenghao will be moving to Stanford University to start a postdoc position with Jonathan Fan

Email: zyu83 [at] wisc [dot] edu

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Zhaoning (April) Yu

Ph.D. Student (Physics)

B.S. (Physics), University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)
M.S. (ECE), University of WisconsinMadison

Awards and Recognition

  • Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium Seed Project (2016)

  • OSA Foundation and the Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Fund Award (2020)

  • SPIE Officer Travel Award (2020)

Internship: Facebook (2021)

April serves as the secretary of UW-Madison SPIE/OSA Student Chapter since 2019, and reviewer of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. April's research focuses on wavefront manipulation using micro and nano structuring (metamaterials, diffraction gratings, metasurfaces, and more). On a normal workday, April spends half of her time running full-wave simulations and the other half in the cleanroom making stuff. When not doing science, April enjoys playing with her cat, going to the gym with friends, and cooking.

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

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.