Current students

Optical MEMS's populace

Graduate students make up the majority of Optical MEMS Group. Meet the gang below. Note: anyone whose picture looks conspicuously cartoonish has managed to evade the photographer thus far.


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Wing Chan

Wing Chan received a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering (First Class Honors) and a Bachelors degree in Business Management (First Class Honors) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2007. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering.

Her research interests include MEMS microactuators, quantum optics and crystal optics.

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Merlin Mah

Merlin Mah received B.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota. Working with the Optical MEMS group since his undergraduate days, he eventually gave into inertia and joined the group as he works toward a Ph.D.

Merlin's diverse research interests include MEMS/MOEMS devices and embedded systems. Outside of the lab, he enjoys amateurish ventures into programming, photography, graphics and web design (the products of which include this site), and playing the piano.

Luke and some laser optics

Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor got his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D.

His research interests include metamaterials, tunable quantum electronics, photonic circuits, and analog circuits. He most enjoys the fields of classical electromagnetics and circuit theory. His current work is on metamaterials. Most metamaterials incorporate metals to engineer artificial dispersion characteristics. This approach is not suitable for high power, continuous wave, laser applications. His project seeks to inform the designs of metamaterials for such applications. Luke's hobbies include camping, jogging, and exploring new films and music. He also volunteers with HKN and was chapter President in 2010-2011.

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Phil Armstrong

Phil Armstrong received the B.S. degree (cum laude) in electrical engineering from St. Cloud State University in 2007. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D with the Optical MEMS Group. Current research interests include the deposition of luminescent thin films and the use of MEMS devices to characterize these materials.

In his free time, he enjoys gaming and science fiction.

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Kyle Olson

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Andy Brown

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Jon Lake

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