Integrated Photonics Bootcamp


LEAP Bootcamp at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bridgewater State University 


March 22nd-24th 2022

Class size: 

The class will be limited to 12 registrants from the optics/photonics/electronics industry


The fast-emerging field of integrated photonics, which enables photonic and electronic devices to communicate with one another within an integrated circuit package, is revolutionizing fields like low-power cloud computing, ultra-high-speed wireless, smart sensing, and augmented imaging. In this Bootcamp, we'll cover key concepts and provide hands-on training using state-of-the-art tools.

Rather than listen to lectures, students will solve problems using lab equipment to test passive photonic chips, which will prepare them for the challenges they will face in the workforce. 

This Bootcamp is hands-on, so most of the learning is accomplished through doing. To guarantee attendees a rich hands-on experience and one-on-one interaction with instructors, we have limited the registration to 12. The registration fee does not cover housing.  It covers the technical teaching staff for their time with participants, and for coffee and light snacks, as well as lunch for three days and a networking dinner.

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List of instructors for the Integrated Photonics Bootcamp:

Anu Agarwal 


Dr. Anu Agarwal is the Principal Research Scientist at MIT and AIM Academy's leader of LEAPs (Labs for Education and Application Prototypes).  She has more than 100 journals and refereed conference publications, six awarded patents, and five pending patents. Her work on MIR materials and devices is creating a planar, integrated, Si-CMOS-compatible microphotonics platform which will enable on-chip imaging and sensing applications.

Samuel Bechtold


Sam is an undergraduate in Photonic Engineering at Bridgewater State University. He received his Bachelor of Art in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013, and a Associate of Science in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering from Cape Cod Community College in 2021. He is currently a research student in Dr. Serna's CHIRP Photonics lab at BSU. He has worked on research with the characterization of nonlinearities in semiconductor materials utilizing the Z-Scan. He is also currently working on simulations for a Supercontinuum Laser for the CHIRP lab.

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Peyton Brown


Peyton Brown is an undergraduate student at Bridgewater State University. He is planning to double major in physics, with a concentration in astrophysics, photonics and optical engineering.


Kenan Cicek


Kenan Cicek received his PhD at Bristol University, UK. He has a faculty position at Igdir University, Turkey, and is a Fulbright Scholar at MIT. His main focus is integrated photonic circuits and their applications. His research includes modeling and simulation of photonic devices for sensing purposes.  He is also a contributor to the Virtual Manufacturing Lab (VM-Lab), creating virtual reality simulations for photonics workforce training. 


Juejun Hu 


Juejun Hu is the Merton C. Flemings Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at MIT. His research interest is in optics and photonics for sensing, imaging, communications, and photovoltaics applications.

Lionel Kimerling 


Dr. Kimerling is the Thomas Lord Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and the founding Director of the MIT Microphotonics Center, where he conducts an active research program in the design and processing of semiconductor materials and devices. He is also an Executive of AIM Academy.


Luigi Ranno 


Luigi Ranno is a graduate student working in Prof. Juejun Hu’s group. He received an integrated bachelor’s and master’s degree in material science from Imperial College London. His current research involves the use of Two Photon Polymerization (TPP) to create optical structures for uses in integrated photonics, imaging optics, opto-electronic co-packaging and more. 

Sajan Saini 


Sajan Saini is an Instructional Designer at MIT. He has been a lecturer at Princeton University in writing and science communications and was formerly a member of the physics faculty at Queens College of CUNY. His photonics research interests include waveguide optical amplifiers, nanostructured materials, and photonic crystal devices.

Samuel Serna 


Samuel Serna received his doctoral degree in science - photonics at the University of Paris-Sud for research in novel techniques to test and exploit third-order nonlinear susceptibilities in silicon-photonic structures. As a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, he explored novel hybrid devices in the integrated photonics platform for telecom and midIR functionalities. He is currently an Assistant Professor of physics at Bridgewater State University and a 2019 OSA Ambassador.

Erik Verlage 


Erik Verlage received his doctoral degree in materials science at Caltech for research on nanophotonic antireflective coatings in photoelectrochemical devices for the synthesis of solar fuels. He is a research scientist in the Knowledge and Innovation for Manufacturing Initiative and is designing interactive learning tools to teach integrated photonics to a wide audience.

Kazumi Wada


Kazumi Wada is the Research Scientist in MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan. His expertise is on defect engineering and device physics of semiconductors including Si, Ge, III-V and IV-VI compounds. He works on photonics integration/packaging for on-chip LiDAR and sensing as well as data communication. 

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Drew Weninger


Drew is a PhD student working in Dr. Kimerling’s Electronic Materials Group. He received his Bachelor of Science in physics from the United States Naval Academy and his Master of Science in materials science and engineering from MIT. His doctoral work focuses on developing a silicon material platform for optoelectronic packaging, one capable of scaling with future bandwidth demands in datacom/telecom, biochemical sensing, and RF communications, to name a few.

Technical Contributors:

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Juan José Arango


Juan received his Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has participated in fiber-optic sensors projects and completed his thesis on integrated resonators. As a research intern at Bridgewater State University's LEAP, he worked on the characterization of nonlinear materials and photonic chips testing. He is an invited student supporting sensing research projects in collaboration with MIT's Electronic Materials Group.


Pablo Bedoya-Ríos


Pablo Bedoya Ríos is a Physics Engineer, Masters in Science student from the National University of Colombia, and a member of the Optics and opto-digital processing research group at the Medellín Campus. At the moment he is working in quantum integrated photonics and a novel model, based on optical coherence theory, for interference and diffraction in free space.

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Camilo Hurtado


Camilo is a physics engineering student at the National University of Colombia, he belongs to the optics and opto-digital processing research group in the area of theoretical optics and modeling of fields in non-paraxial regime, his undergraduate work is focused on interference and diffraction of singular photons. 



Julían Laverde

Julián is a junior researcher in the Optics and Optoelectronics Group of the National University of Colombia and works as a Consultant in the Audio & Vision division of the R&D department at Wolfram Research. He received his Diploma (Bachelor of Science + 1 year) in engineering physics from the National University of Colombia. His work combines optics and photonics with computation for modeling partially coherent and partially polarized electromagnetic fields and AI for the design and optimization of integrated photonic devices. He is also interested in photonics sensors and hyperspectral imaging.