30 Years Past Purdue: From Radars to Photonics and Back

Event Date: April 11, 2019
Speaker: Paul Juodawlkis
Speaker Affiliation: MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Time: 10:30 am
Location: WANG 1004
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School or Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Paul Juodawlkis
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

As a Purdue Electrical Engineering Master’s degree student studying solid-state electronic devices and circuits, I took two elective courses that had immeasurable impact on my life: Radar Engineering and Introduction to Lasers. The radar course was a key factor in my securing a position in an advanced sensing group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory following the completion of my Master’s degree. And the laser course created an initial spark that later led me to pursue a PhD in ultrafast optics and photonics and subsequently return to Lincoln Laboratory to embark upon a second career. If I hadn’t taken these two electives, I have no idea where I would be today.

In this talk, I’ll provide a brief overview of my career and relate it to the projects, opportunities, and culture at Lincoln Laboratory. I’ll then describe our group’s current work to develop photonic components and integrated circuits (PICs) using silicon-based, compound-semiconductor, and hybrid integration platforms. I’ll also highlight our application of these photonic technologies to laser radar, inertial navigation, quantum computing and sensing, and microwave signal processing that may benefit radar systems.

Dr. Paul Juodawlkis is an Assistant Leader of the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he leads the integrated photonics team. He has authored or coauthored over 130 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications, and has participated on a number of technical program committees, including serving as Program Co-Chair (2010) and General Co-Chair (2012) of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO). He was an elected member of the IEEE Photonics Society Board of Governors (2011-2013), served as Vice President of Membership for the Society (2014-2016), and is presently Secretary-Treasurer for the Society. He received the Photonics Society’s Distinguished Service Award (2017) and was recently inducted into the Alumni Academy of Michigan Technological University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (2018). Dr. Juodawlkis is a Fellow of both the IEEE and the Optical Society (OSA). He holds a BS degree from Michigan Tech, a MS degree from Purdue University, and a PhD degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering.

Host: Prof. Andrew Weiner (amw@purdue.edu; 45574)