Fifth Annual Symposium of the Fitzpatrick Center Held at Pratt

More than 100 photonics researchers and educators attended the Fifth Annual Symposium of the Fitzpatrick Center for Photonics and Communication Systems at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering May 18-19.

Focusing on "Global Perspectives on the Frontiers of Photonics," the meeting was sponsored by the United States Army Research Office, the National Science Council of Taiwan and the Office of Science and Technology of the United Kingdom.

Among the attendees were Dr. Maw-Kuen Wu, chairman of the National Science Council; and Dr. C. I. Chang, director of the Army Research Office. Also attending were officials from the University of Saint Andrews, the School of
Medical Technology at National Yang Ming University, the Institute of Electro-Optics at National Chiao Tung University and the Institute for Optical Sciences at National Central University as well as members of the North Carolina Photonics Consortium.

The symposium included a competition for student poster presentations judged
by Professor Ci-Ling Pan of National Chiao Tung University and Pratt Dean
Kristina Johnson.

First place went to a team consisting of Ming-Fang Huang, Chia-Chien Wei, Chung-Yu Lai, Tse-Yu Lin, Jason (Jyehong) Chen and Sien Chi, all of the Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering and Department of Photonics at National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan; and Kai-Ming Feng of the Institute of Communication Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Second place went to C.A. Fernandez, S. T. McCain, M. E. Gehm, Y. Wang, N. P. Pitsianis, and D. J. Brady, of Pratt’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Fitzpatrick Center for Photonics and Communication Systems.

Third place went to Liangjin Wu, Shanthi Iyer, Kalyan Nunna, Sudhakar Bharatan, Jia Li, and Ward J. Collis, of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C.

Honorable mentions went to Andrew M. C. Dawes, Lucas Illing, Susan M. Clark, and Daniel J. Gauthier of Duke’s Department of Physics; S.P. Ashili, V.N. Astratov and A.V. Kanaev of the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte; and a team consisting of Nan-Kuang Chen of the Department of Photonics & Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering at National Chiao Tung University, and Sien Chi, of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Yuan Ze University, Chungli, Taiwan.