Who: Dr. Ray Beausoleil, HP Enterprise Senior Fellow, Large-Scale Integrated Photonics, Hewlett Packard Labs
When: July 27th (Wednesday), 2:00pm
Where: Elings Hall, Room 1601
Refreshments will be provided. Hosted by Prof. John Bowers.
Moore’s Law has set great expectations that the performance/price ratio of commercially available semiconductor devices will continue to improve exponentially at least until the end of this decade. But the physics of the metal wires that connect the transistors on a silicon chip already places stringent limits on the performance of integrated circuits, making their continued dramatic improvement highly unlikely. In this talk, I will introduce the basic concept of an optical resonance in a microscopic dielectric cavity in the context of the same type of spatial boundary conditions that give each musical instrument its unique sound. Then I will illustrate applications of these resonances to information technology in a variety of forms and functions using examples from my own laboratory at HPE, such as chip-scale optical networks, quantum bits based on spins in diamond, and ultrafast optical switches that could become the foundation for a new generation of optical computers. Our goal is to conduct advanced research that could precipitate an “optical Moore’s Law” and allow exponential performance gains to continue through the end of the next decade.
Ray Beausoleil is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Senior Fellow in Fundamental Technologies at Hewlett Packard Labs, and a Consulting Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. At HPE, he leads the Large-Scale Integrated Photonics research group, and is responsible for research on the applications of optics at the micro/nanoscale to high-performance classical and quantum information processing. His current projects include photonic interconnects for exascale computing, and low-power complex nanophotonic circuits. Ray received the Bachelor of Science with Honors in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1980; the Master of Science degree in Physics from Stanford University in 1984; and his Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford in 1986 as a member of Ted Hansch's research group. In 1996, Ray became a member of the technical staff at HP Laboratories. Among his early accomplishments at HP, he invented the optical paper-navigation algorithms incorporated into the HP/Agilent optical mouse, and now HP's large-format printers. He has published over 300 papers and conference proceedings and five book chapters. He has over 115 patents issued, and over three dozen pending. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and the recipient of the 2016 APS Distinguished Lectureship on the Applications of Physics.
[Seminar] How I used my technical experience as an engineer to help drive strategic innovation at DARPA
Industry Perspective Series, a collaboration with AIM-Photonics
Who: Dr. Yan Zheng
When: Thursday, May 26th, 2016 11:00 am
Where: ESB 2001
Pizza lunch will be provided!!!
For me, a career in science and technology was pretty straight forward: study hard, go to grad school, and develop the next killer invention that would land me among the ranks of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk. But as I looked at life after grad school, the choices before me just weren’t appealing. Do I look for a postdoc? Apply for a tenure track position? Work for a tech company? I knew that I was looking for something different and I was fortunate that UCSB gave me the resources and support to figure it out.
What I realized was that there are many exciting opportunities for those looking to apply their technical expertise in alternative ways and, ultimately, to align their career path with their interests. I was lucky to have found a position with Booz Allen Hamilton consulting for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where I am helping to develop tomorrow’s technology programs. In this talk I will share my journey navigating alternative technical careers. What worked, what didn’t and what I wish I knew!
Dr. Yan Zheng is a technology consultant with the firm Booz Allen Hamilton where he specializes in semiconductor-based microelectronics and optoelectronic devices. Currently Dr. Zheng supports the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in developing innovative technology programs for the Department of Defense. Programs that Dr. Zheng has helped develop include the detection of biological and chemical agents using ultra violet lasers, low cost semiconductor-based optical phased-arrays for light detection and ranging (LIDAR), advanced cooling for high energy lasers, and heterogeneous integration of advanced RF electronics. In the course of his work, Dr. Zheng regularly works with universities, small businesses, military, and government organizations on projects aimed at addressing the needs of both the commercial sector and national defense.
Dr. Zheng received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a BS from the University of California, San Diego both in electrical engineering. While at UCSD, he served as vice president and president of the IEEE student chapter and spearheaded a range of student led projects. In recognition of these efforts, the IEEE student chapter was awarded an IEEE student chapter growth award. Dr. Zheng continued his community involvement at UCSB through the development of the Leadership In Team Engineering (LITE) which he established as a program that engages both student-led teams and local nonprofit organizations in solving technical problems for the community. Dr. Zheng was also a mentor in the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) research experience for undergraduates program as well as for local community college students where he mentored traditionally underrepresented students in engineering. Dr. Zheng is a member of IEEE, AAAS, and a founding member of the UCSD chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN).
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