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Optoelectronics and Photonics: Design, fabrication and characterization of VCSELs, LEDs, LDs, EDFA & Raman Amplifiers, and Solar-energy harvesting devices; High-power and short-pulse lasers
Optical Communication Networks: Physical layer, architecture and simulations, and test-beds; Networks for Smart- and Micro-Grids, e-Healthcare & Cyber Physical Systems
Integrated Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials: Semiconductors III-V (GaAs/AlGaAs, GaN/AlGaN/InGaN),Waveguides (Silica and specialty fibers, doped glasses and ceramics, TGG, and ), Magnetooptic and GMR material thin films etc.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Professor of Physics and Optical Science, UNC Charlotte, NC, USA, 2004-present
Other Roles: Adjunct Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, UNC Charlotte, 2011-present
Chair Undergraduate Committee Dept. of Physics and Optical Science (Current)
Graduate Program Coordinator/Director Dept. of Physics and Optical Sc. (1999-2001)
Leadership Advisory Activities:
Co-founder and General Chair of the Annual International Conference HONET-ICT, 2004-Present
Member International Advisory Board National University of Science & Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan
Adviser Research Development at NILOP, Islamabad, PK
Previous Positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte:
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Optical Science, 1996-2004
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, 1990-1996
Electronics Division, PINSTECH, Islamabad, Pakistan:
Principal Scientific Officer, Laser Group, January 1990—July 1990
University of New Mexico, Center for High Technology:
Sr. Research Associate, Electrical Engineering Dept., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM., USA,1988-1989
Doctoral Research Assistant, Electrical Engineering Dept., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM., USA,1984-1989
(Prior to PhD) Worked at Electronics Division, PINSTECH, Islamabad, PK:
Sr. Scientific Officer, Laser Group, April 1979—December 1983
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Research Fellow, M. Phil, Department of Physics, 1976-1979
o Published over 170 papers; delivered 50 invited talks in recent years and obtained/filed 8 patents/inventions; supervised 42 students including 30 graduate dissertation/theses (23 MS, 8 PhD), 5 (non-thesis) MS, and 6 BS honors projects; and served on 90+ theses/dissertation committees; chaired/served on program committees as well as several search and hiring committees; organized 12 international conferences, several workshops, symposia and panels.
o Established research in Photonic Devices, Components and Sub-systems involving Design, fabrication and characterization of LEDs for Solid-state lighting; Design and study of Er:Yb co-doped fiber and Raman Amplifiers, ultra-broadband optical amplifiers (C-band and L-band EDFAs); Nanophotonic devices e.g., VCSELs photonic structures. Solar Energy Harvesting Materials and Devices
o Also expanded the R&D to include Optical Networks and Application to Smart- and Microgrids from the perspective of architecture, design, simulations, deployment and test-beds; Optical Access Networks based on TDM & WDM PON; Study of high-speed transmission impairments due to nonlinear phenomena; e-Healthcare and ICT-Network Applications
o Developed and Taught courses in Optical Communications, Optical Materials, and Integrated Nanophotonics, and various core courses in Physics & Optical Science; also led the committees to revise and update several courses especially during past 5 years.
o Served as graduate program director for 2 years and initiated efforts for establishing new Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, and also concurrently served on committee to launch new MS and PhD programs in “optical science and engineering”.
o Also in past decade served on program committees to establish new college (College of IT- now college of computing & informatics) and new PhD program (ECE with optoelectronics, microelectronics, and computer engineering tracks).