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.

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 sophomore 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 sophomore 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. 

Christine Wu

Christine is a junior in computer engineering. Her research interest span nano-optics and manipulation of waves to image and sense molecules. She was a volunteer to the Guatemala Engineering Service Trip (Antigua, Guatemala) in 2017, where she participated in engineering and constructing housing for a local family, and contributed in setting up the water system and electricity of the house. Christine is a recipient of the prestigious John Deere Foundation WECE Scholarship.

Kevin Thomas Tung

Kevin is a junior in electrical engineering, with a minor in computer science. His current research focuses on metasurfaces and optical spectroscopy. Kevin's research interest in optics started since his high school years, when he worked on fluorescence imaging and dark field microscopy. Kevin participated in 2018 COZAD New Venture Competition and 2017 James Scholar Project at UIUC.

Sean Yao

Sean is a junior in electrical engineering, with a minor in computer science. He was the team leader of 2017 UIUC Campus Honor Project and Cozad New Venture Challenge in 2018. He is an active member of the HKN Engineering Honor Society, Dean's List honoree, and a James Scholar at UIUC.  

 

 

Alumni

 

Graduate Students

Nusrat Jahan

Undergraduate Students

Arkajit Dutta