UO Graduate Student Biographies

University of Oregon Graduate Student Biographies

  • Maira Amezcua
    • I am a third year graduate student working with Dr. Hailin Wang on color centers in diamond. My research focuses on coherent spin control of the color centers and coupling these defects to a mechanical system. I am eager to learn more about industry jobs in optics.
  • Eryn Cook
    • I am pursuing my physics doctorate in Dr. Dan Steck's lab, where we use laser-cooled atoms to probe quantum mechanical phenomena. My thesis project is the construction of a strontium magneto-optical trap for a measurement of the Casimir-Polder effect, and the development of the experimental apparatus has involved laser design and stabilization techniques, nonlinear optics, and electro-optical systems integration. I am also passionate about science education, and I am interested in a career that would allow me to use and further develop both my research and my communication skills.
  • Andrea Goering
    • I am a fifth year graduate student working with Dr. Miriam Deutsch on plasmonic approaches to absorption enhancement in thin film organic photovoltaic materials. I am interested in careers in scientific project management, communication, or policy and am interested in learning more about these roles in the optics industry context.
  • Huiying Ji
    • I am a third year PhD candidate working in the lab of Dr. Andy Marcus on DNA local conformation heterogeneity in solution by time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) and anisotropy. Our group is focused on understanding of biological system by multidimensional spectroscopy, single-molecule microscopy and TCSPC. I am interested in a career in industry, possibly on biophysical related optical system development, product marketing and technical sales.
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  • Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy
    • I am a graduate student at the University of Oregon. My research experience includes medical imaging, nano-technology and materials research, and most recently laser development. I am currently working on construction and improvement of an Erbium-Ytterbium co-doped fiber laser under the supervision of Dr. Boggs. We are establishing the tunability of the laser in the communications range (1.5 microns) as well as pulsed power delivery. I am looking to start a career in the optics and lasers industry and also materials research industry. I can perform a variety of jobs, from research and development, to product applications and product development, to field work and technical support.
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  • Ignas Lekavicius
    • I am a second year graduate student in the physics department working in Hailin Wang's optics group.
  • Kyle Lynch-Klarup
    • I am a 5th year graduate student in the nonlinear and quantum optics research lab of Prof. Mike Raymer. My research focuses on modifying the dispersion profile of hollow core fibers for nonlinear light generation by introducing supercritical xenon. During my time in the lab, I have built a system to manage high pressure fluid, worked with Ti:sapphire lasers, created virtual machines in LabVIEW to run lab equipment, and done extensive work in Mathematica and python for data analysis.
  • Paul Martin
    • As a PhD student I work in Daniel Steck's cold atom group, building a magneto-optical trap for strontium atoms. The most satisfying part of my experience has been developing a novel diode laser system and seeing other groups adopt this design in their lab. I am nearing completion of my degree and am excited to pursue a career in industry, where I can be a part of similar product design and development.
  • Rudy Resch
    • I am a third year graduate student working with Benjamin Aleman. My research is focused on using light generated by field emitting carbon nanotubes to transduce their motion. After graduation, I would be interested in pursuing research in industry or at a national lab related to NEMS and quantum systems.
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  • Roger Smith
    • I am a fifth year PhD candidate working in the lab of Dr. Michael Raymer on quantum optics in optical fibers. My research nonlinear interactions of classical fields and quantum states of light in optical fibers. I use both commercial birefringent fibers as well as novel optical fibers with interesting dispersion properties. I am interested in a career in industry, focused on laser and optical system development, application engineering, and possibly technical sales.
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