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President: Kaikai Liu
Kaikai is a PhD student in Daniel Blumenthal's group. He received his B.S. degree in Physics at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2018. His research focus is ultra-narrow linewidth stimulated Brillouin laser. Besides work, he loves basketball and surfing.
Vice President: Viviana Arrunategui-Norvick
Viviana Arrunategui graduated from Brown University in 2020 with a BS in electrical engineering. She is currently pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering with an emphasis on electronics and photonics. She is currently working on silicon photonic ring resonator switches.
Treasurer: Emily Trageser
Emily is a materials PhD student in the DenBaars group and a member of the Solid State Lighting and Energy Efficiency Center (SSLEEC) at UCSB. She is from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Engineering Science, where she worked with Dr. Douglas Wolfe on non-linear optical materials. Her current research focus is gallium nitride laser diodes.
Secretary: Andrei Isichenko
Andrei is a PhD student in Professor Daniel Blumenthal's lab. He received his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Engineering Physics at Cornell University in 2018. His research is focused on photonics for atomic and precision sensing systems. Outside of work, Andrei enjoys mountain biking and rock climbing.
Faculty Advisor: Prof. John Bowers
Professor John Bowers, Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency & of the Center for Energy Efficient Materials, Fred Kavli Chair of Nanotechnology and head of the Optoelectronics Research Group, began the UCSB Student Chapter of the Photonics Society in 2012 with Jared Bauters, and remains the faculty advisor for the group.
Society Advisor: Dr. Demis John
Demis was a founding officer of the UCSB IPS in 2012. He received a doctorate from the research group of Dr. Dan Blumenthal in 2012, having studied low-loss glass waveguides, then worked at Praevium Research, Inc making new light sources for medical imaging and spectroscopy until 2017. He currently works at the UCSB NanoFab. He is an advisor for the Photonics Society continuing some of the institutional knowledge, in addition to industry liason by keeping us in contact with local photonics companies. Apart from photonics, his interests include sailing, cycling, science outreach/teaching, and radio DJ'ing at KCSB 91.9FM.
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