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Integrated Photonics Bootcamp


LEAP Bootcamp at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bridgewater State University 


January 16th - 18th 2024

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.

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.

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Samuel Bechtold


Samuel Bechtold is an undergraduate student in Photonics Engineering at Bridgewater State University, and a research student in Dr. Serna's CHIRP Photonics lab at BSU. He has characterized nonlinearities in semiconductor materials and is working on simulations for a Supercontinuum Laser.

Juejun Hu 


Dr. 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 


Dr. Samuel Serna is Assistant Professor of physics at Bridgewater State University and a 2019 OSA Ambassador.  He 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 mid-IR functionalities. He leads the BSU Lab for Education and Application Prototypes (LEAP).

Erik Verlage 


Dr. Erik Verlage 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. He received his doctoral degree in materials science at Caltech for research on nanophotonic antireflective coatings in photoelectrochemical devices for the synthesis of solar fuels.

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.

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Jelena Notaros


Dr. Jelena Notaros is the Robert J. Shillman Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MIT. Her research interests are in integrated silicon photonics devices, systems, and applications. Jelena was one of three Top DARPA Risers, a 2018 DARPA D60 Plenary Speaker, a 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 Listee, a 2020 MIT RLE Early Career Development Award recipient, a 2015 MIT Grier Presidential Fellow, and a 2019 OSA CLEO Chair's Pick Award recipient, among other honors.

Milica Notaros


Milica Notaros is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Photonics and Electronics Research Group at MIT. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017 and her M.S. degree from MIT in 2019. She is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the MIT Jacobs Presidential Fellowship, the 2022 Optica Emil Wolf Paper Finalist Award, the 2016 IEEE Region 5 Paper Competition Award, and the 2021 MIT MARC Best Paper Award.

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Pablo Bedoya Rios


Pablo Bedoya Ríos is a Physics Engineer, Master´s in science-Physics student from the National University of Colombia, and a visiting scholar for the year at Bridgewater State University (BSU). Pablo is working on an integrated source of entangled photons for his master’s thesis, among other projects at the Physics, Photonics, and Optical Engineering Department at BSU in Prof. Serna's CHIRP research group.  .

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