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Sasan Fathpour received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2005. He then joined the Electrical Engineering Department of UCLA as a Postdoctoral Fellow and became a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2007. He joined the faculty of the College of Optics and Photonics in 2008 and was promoted to Associate and Full Professor in 2014 and 2018, respectively.

His current research interests include heterogeneous integrated photonics, nonlinear integrated optics, silicon photonics, and unconventional optical waveguide platforms operating in the mid-wave- and near-infrared and visible wavelength ranges.

Prof. Fathpour is a recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award (2013), and the NSF CAREER Award (2012). He has also received several research and teaching incentive awards at UCF, including the Reach for the Stars Award (2015). He is the cofounder of Partow Technologies, LLC, a spinoff company from his CREOL team’s research. He is a Fellow of OSA, and a Senior Member of IEEE and SPIE. He is the co-editor of a book on silicon photonics, and an author or coauthor of over 160 journal and conference papers, book chapters and patents, including 11 invited journal and 21 invited conference papers.

Awards & Honors

  • The Optical Society (OSA) Fellow
  • 2017 Research Incentive Award (RIA)
  • 2017 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2015 UCF Reach for the Stars Award
  • 2015 Reach for the Stars
  • 2014 Student of the Year Award
  • 2013 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award
  • 2013 UCF’s Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award
  • 2013 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
  • 2012 Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award – College of Optics and Photonics, UCF
  • 2012 Designated as Senior Member of OSA
  • 2012 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2011 Designated as Senior Member of SPIE
  • 2007 Featured in the 62nd Edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America
  • 2007 Recipient of the 2007 UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research
  • 2000 International Graduate Student Fellowship, University of Michigan

Research Group

Developing emerging integrated photonic devices and circuits and novel heterogeneous platforms for various linear- and nonlinear-optic applications, and operating at wavelengths ranging from the visible to the mid-infrared.