Prof. Alex Yasha Yi Fellow of the Optical Society of America (Optica)

Welcome to Intelligent Optoelectronics Chip Laboratory!

We have a dynamic research lab at University of Michigan, at dearborn campus, Energy Institute, and Lurie Nanofabrication Facility at ann arbor campus. 

We have close collaboration with MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratory. 

Our research (~ 32 issued patents : 16 issued US patents & 16 international patents; and > 130 top journal publications; as well as 10 pending patent applications) is focused on chip-scale intelligent & integrated nano optoelectronics, photonics and electronics with applications on: 

Silicon Photonics Chip, Artificial intelligence Chip; Renewable energy; Smart chip sensors; VR/AR display chip; Chip-scale Lidar for autonomous driving/UAVs/Robotics; Telecommunications; Solid state lighting; Integrated quantum photonics 

Our lab has been awarded a variety of research projects and have established worldwide collaborations, our recent results have been selected by MIT Technology Review as a research breakthrough, potential to revolutionize semiconductor chip-making.

 We are recruiting: We are looking for highly motivated Ph.D. students and Postdoc Associates, please send me an email if you are interested!

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Fellow, OSA (the Optical Society of America)

Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports, a Nature Research journal

Editorial Board Member for Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, a Springer Research journal

Associate Editor for North America region, IEEE Photonics Society Newsletter


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Ph. D., Electronics and Optoelectronics, June 2004 (Ph.D. Advisor: Prof. L. C. Kimerling; Prof. J. D. Joannopoulos; Prof. M. Dresselhaus)

Professional Experiences

Professor, ECE&Energy Institute&Lurie Nano Fabrication, University of Michigan, dearborn&ann arbor, MI, May 2018 - Present

Associate Professor, ECE&Energy Institute&Lurie Nano Fabrication, University of Michigan, dearborn&ann arbor, MI, July 2013 - April 2018

Professor Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA September 2009 - Present

Asst. Professor, CUNY graduate center, New York City, September 2009 - June 2013

Senior Research Scientist, 3M Central Research Laboratory, St. Paul, MN  September 2005 – August 2009 

President, MIT Association of Science and Technology, Cambridge, MA September 2002 - August 2004

Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, Cambridge, MA  June 2004 – August 2005 

Ph.D Research Assistant at MIT, Cambridge, MA September 1999 - May 2004 

Staff Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM,  September 1997 – August 1999