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Principal Investigator
Seth Bank

Seth R. Bank
Temple Foundation Faculty Fellowship No. 5
Associate Professor

Email:
Phone: (512) 471-9669

CV: SRB_CV.pdf
Scholar: Profile

Seth Bank received the B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2003 and 2006 from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. In 2006, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, where he is currently an associate professor and holder of the Temple Foundation Faculty Fellowship No. 5.

His current research interests are centered on the growth of dilute-nitride semiconductors (e.g. GaInNAsSb) and metal/semiconductor hetero- and nano-structures (e.g. ErAs nanoparticles in GaAs) and their application to plasmonics, silicon-based lasers, mid-IR lasers, sensors, THz generation and sensing, and high-speed transistors. He has coauthored over 250 papers and presentations that have been cited >3000 times, with a Hirsch-Index of 30.

His group has received 3 Best Paper Awards and he has received the 2008 Young Investigator Award at the North American MBE Conference (NAMBE), a 2008 Young Faculty Award from DARPA, the 2009 Young Scientist Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS), a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2009 (nominated by ARO), an AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award in 2009, an ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award in 2010, and a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award from the NSF in 2010.

He has been the Program Chair of the AVS North American MBE meeting (NAMBE), as well as a Program and General Chair for the IEEE/OSA Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optical (CLEO) and the IEEE Device Research Conference (DRC). He is currently a Board Member of IEEE DRC and a Steering Committee member of OSA/IEEE CLEO, as well as an active member of the Electronic Materials Conference (EMC) and IEEE Electron Device Meeting (IEDM).


Andrew Briggs

Andrew Briggs

Email:
Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, Bates College 2015

Andrew is an ECE Ph.D. student studying MBE growth.

Rasha El-Jaroudi

Rasha El-Jaroudi

Email:
Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S.in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 2015
Fulbright Research Grant, United Arab Emirates 2015-2016

Rasha is an ECE Ph.D. student studying MBE growth of III-V materials.

Dan Ironside

Daniel Ironside

Email:
Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Saint Louis University 2010
B.S. in Physics, Saint Louis University 2010
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis 2012

Dan is studying the application of new metamaterial functionality to photonic devices.

Kyle McNicholas

Kyle McNicholas

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Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University 2011
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University 2012

Kyle is studying growth of rare-earth nanocomposite optical materials using molecular beam epitaxy.

Stephen March

Stephen March

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Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University 2013

Stephen spent Summer 2013 in the group as a NNIN REU. He returned to the group as an ECE graduate student after spending Summer 2014 working for IBM and is studying novel materials grown by MBE.

Ann Kathryn Rockwell

Ann Kathryn Rockwell

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Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S. in Physics, University of Alabama 2013

Ann Kathryn is an ECE Ph.D. student studying the MBE growth of photonic materials, including AlInAsSb-based avalanche photodetectors.

Nathanial Sheehan

Nathanial Sheehan

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Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara 2012
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2014

Nate is an ECE Ph.D. student investigating the the growth of ErAs nanoparticles and films.

Scott D. Sifferman

Scott D. Sifferman

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Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S.E in Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University 2004
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University 2006

Scott is an ECE Ph.D. student whose research focus is the development and study of devices for mid-infrared and terahertz generation.

Emily Walker

Emily Walker

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Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S. in Materials Science Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University 2012
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2014

Emily is an ECE Ph.D. student studying the growth and device applications of 2D materials.


Joel Guo

Joel Guo

Joel is an undergraduate ECE student at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been with the LASE group since the Spring 2015 semester learning optical materials characterization tools and techniques.

Sarah Muschinske

Sarah Muschinske

Sarah is an ECE undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin. She spent the Spring 2015 semester learning optical device testing and characterization. She is currently studying ultrathin bismuth layers on flexible substrates.

Alec Skipper

Alec Skipper

Alec is an ECE undergraduate who is studying optical characterization techniques, high contrast dielectric gratings, and gate oxide growth.

Susan Tan

Susan Tan

Susan is an ECE undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin. She is working on test station design and component integration, and laser device characterization.

Alice Yau

Alice Yau

Alice is an ECE undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin. She is studying the effect of growth conditions on electrical properties in epitaxial bismuth thin films.


Terry Mattord

Terry Mattord

Email:
Phone: (512) 471-1013

Terry supports the UT-Austin MBE lab. He is a world-recognized expert in MBE and ultra-high vacuum equipment and holds several key patents related to the technology of MBE: the valved arsenic cracker, the heated viewport, and several novel effusion cell designs. He has >20 years experience maintaining, upgrading, and supervising the MBE facility at UT-Austin. He has almost 10 years additional experience as a staff member at Perkin-Elmer in their MBE and physical electronics divisions.

Christine Wood

Christine Wood

Email:
Phone: (512) 232-9007

Christine is the group Administrative Assistant. In her “spare” time, she keeps the LASE group running smoothly (despite Seth’s best efforts).

Claire Bank

Claire “Bear” Bank

The ClaireBear was named Chief Executive Officer in early 2009, largely due to her mighty roar. Some suspect nepotism. Her career aspiration is to be the world’s first doggie zoo keeper.

Simon Bank

Simon “Patience” Connors-Bank

Simon was named Executive VP of Epitaxy for the LASE Group in 2007, despite his lack of formal education, limited knowledge of the English language, and questionable understanding of basic physics. Some suspect nepotism here as well. His research interests are in the areas of squirrel watching and pursuit.


Kumar Appaiah

Kumar Appaiah (IIT Bombay EE Dept.)

Website: https://www.ee.iitb.ac.in/~akumar/

B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Tech. Madras, India 2008
M.Tech. in Comm. Engineering, Indian Institute of Tech. Madras, India 2008
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2013

Kumar was co-supervised with Prof. Sriram Vishwanath and worked on signal processing, electronic dispersion compensation and MIMO for optical fibers. After graduation, he joined the Qualcomm Research to apply advanced modulation techniques to visible light communication links. He is currently an Assistant Prof. at IIT-Bombay.

Adam Crook

Adam Crook (Lockheed Martin R&D)

Email:
Phone:(512) 471-5383
CV: AMC_CV.pdf
Website: lase.ece.utexas.edu/acrook

B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Santa Barbara 2007
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2009
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2012

Adam was an ECE Ph.D. student studying the MBE growth and optical properties of midinfrared compound semiconductor and rare-earth nanocomposite optical materials. Upon graduation, he joined the R&D division at Lockheed Martin in Goleta, CA. Check out a pic of Seth built taken with one of their IR cameras here.

Vaishno Dasika

Vaishno Devi Dasika (Texas Instruments)

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Phone: (512) 471-5383
Publications: Here

B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2002
M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2004
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2010

Vaishno was a postdoctoral scholar working on the molecular beam epitaxial growth, fabrication, and nanoscale characterization of metal:semiconductor nanocomposites and related materials in collaboration with Prof. Ed Yu. After her postdoc, she joined Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX.

Erica (Krivoy) Davis

Erica (Krivoy) Davis (Fish & Richardson)

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Phone: (512) 471-5383
Website: http://emkrivoy.com

B.S. Physics, Carnegie Mellon University 2007
M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2010
Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2013

Erica was an ECE PhD student studying the MBE growth and properties of new rare-earth/group-V compounds, including LaAs, LuAs, and LaxLu1-xAs, as well as the applications of these materials to plasmonics, buried transparent contacts, and metamorphic buffer layers. She is now a technical specialist with Fish & Richardson, an intellectual property law firm.

Scott Maddox

Scott Maddox (Intel)

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Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2009
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2011
Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2015

As an ECE PhD student and postdoctoral scholar with the LASE group, Scott researched and developed compound semiconductor materials and devices including InAs and GaSb-based high-gain, low-noise avalanche photodiodes grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Following his postdoc, he joined the Portland Technology Development (PTD) group at Intel in Hillsboro, OR.

Hari Nair

Hari Nair (Cornell University MSE Dept.)

Email:
Phone: (512) 471-5383
Website: uts.cc.utexas.edu/~hnair

B.Tech in Engineering Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India 2006
M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2009
Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2013

Hari was an ECE Ph.D. student that developed a new approach to extend the emission wavelength of mid-infrared diode lasers. After making the group's first laser, he joined Prof Darrell Schlom's lab at Cornell as a postdoctoral scholar.

Rodolfo Salas

Rodolfo Salas

Email:
Phone: (512) 471-5383

B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Oklahoma 1999
M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Oklahoma 2006
Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2015

Rodolfo was an ECE Ph.D. student studying the MBE growth and optical properties of RE-As based nanocomposite materials for heterodyne THz generation. After graduation, he moved to Boston, MA and joined MIT Lincoln Labs as a full-time member of the technical staff.

Alumni (Teacher Researchers)
Ashley Bachmayer

Ashley Bachmayer

Ashley is a high school science teacher in Killeen, TX. She spent Summer 2016 working with the LASE group as a NASCENT RET investigating wafer bonding of nanomembranes using indium for molecular beam epitaxy regrowth.

Pedro Merced

Pedro Merced

Pedro is a high school pre-calculus and calculus teacher in Manor, TX. Through the NSF Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, he spent Summer 2014 with the group testing mid-infrared laser devices and investigating their operation.

Steve Trenfield

Steve Trenfield

Steve is a high school mathematics teacher in Austin, TX. He spent Summer 2015 working as a NASCENT RET investigating the effects of elevated temperature on mid-infrared LEDs.

Alumni (Undergraduate Researchers)
George Adams

George Adams

George was an ECE undergraduate at UT-Austin who graduated from UT-Austin with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015. He spent the Spring 2014 semester learning cleanroom fabrication processes and etching gallium antimonide. He is currently a Software Engineer at Cerner Corporation.

Gavin Campbell

Gavin Campbell

Gavin is currently a MatSE graduate student at Northwestern. He spent the summer of 2010 with the group as an NNIN REU studying the annealing stability of nanoparticle enhanced tunnel junctions.

Robert Chen

Robert Chen

Robert completed the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and is now gainfully employed at Apple. He was an undergraduate researcher from Spring 2007 through Summer 2008, where he studied the optical properties of dilute-nitride materials. He co-developed the group's photoluminescence and photoreflectance measurement setups.

Harold Fu

Harold Fu

Harold was a Cornell University undergraduate who spent Summer 2015 in the group as an NNIN REU. He studied the optical characteristics of AlInAsSb digital alloys films using photoluminescence and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy.

Chris Gaytan

Chris Gaytan

Chris is an undergraduate at the University of Texas at El Paso. Chris was a 2012 Summer Research Academy student studying the optical properties of annealed highly mismatched alloys for photonic device applications.

Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson

Abigail is an ECE undergraduate at UT-Austin, expecting to graduate with a BS in Computer Engineering in May 2017. She spent the Spring 2014 semester with the LASE group learning cleanroom fabrication processes and depositing silicon nitride. During Summer 2016, she worked as a Software Engineer at IBM.

Ze Lyu

Ze Lyu

Ze is an ECE undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin. He worked on test station hardware integration.

Thien-An Nguyen

Thien-An Nguyen

In 2011, Thien-An was an NSF REU student studying scanned probe microscopy of ErAs/GaAs tunnel junctions, working jointly with Prof. Ed Yu. He is currently a graduate student at UT-Austin working with Prof. Zheng Wang.

Julio Novo

Julio Novo

Julio was an ECE and Physics undergraduate at UT-Austin who graduated from UT-Austin with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Physics in Fall 2015. He was with the Bank group from Spring 2014 to Spring 2015 and worked on developing cleanroom fabrication processes for III-V optoelectronic devices. In Summer 2015, he interned at Samsung. He was hired in early 2016 as a Process Engineer at Intel.

Sam Steakley

Sam Steakley

Sam is an undergraduate Physics student at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. He spent the summer with the LASE group as a NNCI REU studying the effects of doping on optical absorbtion in III-V mixed alloys.

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres

Fernando is an undergraduate at the University of Texas at El Paso expecting to graduate with a BS in Electrical Engineering in May 2017. He was a Summer 2015 REU student through the NASCENT program researching membrane liftoff and transfer. He had an internship at Texas Instruments in Summer 2016.

Nathaniel Wendt

Nathaniel Wendt

Nate was an undergraduate at Gonzaga University and a 2012 NNIN REU student studying optimum annealing conditions of highly mismatched alloys in order to maximize optical quality as determined by photoluminescence. He is currently a graduate student at UT-Austin.

Evan Wineland

Evan Wineland

Evan was a undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University who spent Summer 2013 in the group working on software data collection development.

Ben Ziang

Ben Xiang

Ben is currently employed at Cisco. He was an undergraduate researcher in Summer 2008, where he co-developed the group's photoreflectance measurement setup.

Sagi Zisman

Sagi Zisman

Sagi was an undergraduate researcher building an automated electroluminescence test setup. He is currently a graduate student at UT-Austin, working with Prof. Mark Raizen in Physics.

Alumni (Young Scholars)
Claire Lungwitz

Claire Lungwitz

Claire is a high school student in Austin, TX. She spent Summer 2016 working with the LASE group as a NASCENT Young Scholar working on citric acid etching of III-V semiconductors.

Clarence Marshall

Clarence Marshall

Clarence is a high school student in Manor, TX, in his second year with the Nascent Young Scholars program. In Summer 2016 he investigated citric acid etch rates for III-V semiconductor substrates.

Daniela Rodriguez

Daniela Rodriguez

Daniela is a high school student in Manor, TX, in her second year with the Nascent Young Scholars program. She worked on etching of III-V semiconductor substrates using citric acid during Summer 2016.