Director

Prof. Yang Zhao

Yang Zhao is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Yang received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas, Austin working with Professor Andrea Alu. Following her Ph.D. studies, she worked with Professor Jennifer Dionne as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, Department of Materials Science. Yang’s research focuses on bionanophotonics: inspired by nature, her team develops biomimetic metamaterials and devices to manipulate electromagnetic and acoustic waves; her team are also passionate about using light and sound to image, sense, and manipulate molecules and molecular interactions.

Current Group Members

Henry (Hanwei) Wang

Henry received his bachelor’s degree in physics at Tsinghua University. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is interested in applying nanophotonics to biomedical imaging. Outside lab, Henry is an avid world traveler.

Yen-Ting Liu

Andy (Yen-Ting) is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his bachelor's degree from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2019, majoring in both Computer Science and Information Engineering and Life Science. He is an Oracle certified professional Java SE 6 programmer and LabVIEW associate developer.

Kevin Huang

Kevin is a Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his bachelor's degree in Physics from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2018, majoring in atomic, molecular, and optical physics.

Shensheng Zhao

Shensheng is a Ph.D. student in the ECE Department at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China. Outside lab, Shensheng enjoys swimming and playing table tennis.

Jason Pan

Jason is a senior with a major in electrical engineering, and minors in computer science and mathematics. His current research focuses on optical force microscopy and light-matter interactions at the nanoscale. Jason has been a Dean's List honoree since freshman, he is a founder and president of Economics and Finance Group at UIUC, a selected member of the UIUC campus Honors Program, and the recipient of the Mayer Engineering Scholarship, the Eggers Engineering Scholarship, and the Ellery B. Paine Outstanding Junior Award.   

Thomas Kmieciak

Thomas is a senior with a major in engineering physics, and minors in electrical engineering and mathematics. His broad research interest includes optical tweezers, optical force microscopy, and unraveling fundamental physics of localized force interaction with cells. He is an active member in the Society of Physics Students at UIUC and a Dean's List honoree. 

Matthew Ian Wildenradt

Matthew is a junior in computer engineering. His research interests center around the intersection of hardware and artificial intelligence, specifically imaging hardware acceleration. Matt has been a Dean's List honoree since his freshman year.

Michal Strzebonski

Michal is a senior in materials science and engineering. His interests include polymers, electronic, and optical nanomaterials, especially with applications in medicine. He has been working on an imaging nanoagent project in collaboration with Dr. Yun-Sheng Chen's Group.

Rohan Haresh Harpalani

Rohan is a sophomore studying computer engineering with a minor in physics. His research centers around deep convolutional neural networks used in the classification of chiral molecules. On campus, Rohan is involved with OTCR Consulting, ECE Pulse, the Association of Computing Machinery, and Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity. Rohan has also been a James Scholar and Dean's List honoree since his freshman year and is a recipient of the Grainger Freshman Engineering Scholarship. 

 

 

 

Alumni

 

Graduate Students

Nusrat Jahan

Undergraduate Students

Arkajit Dutta

Sean Yao (now in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate School)

Kevin Tung (now in Columbia University, Graduate School)

Yifu Guo (now in University of Michigan, Graduate School)