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Chembo, Yanne

Chembo, Yanne

Director, Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
1201H Energy Research Facility


  • Habilitation in Engineering, University of Franche-Comté, France (2011) 
  • Ph.D., Photonics, University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2002-2006)
  • Ph.D., Nonlinear Dynamics, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon (2001-2005)


Professor Yanne Chembo joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in January 2019, with a joint appointment in the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP). Prior to joining the UMD Faculty, he was a Research Director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). There, he led a research group focused on the exploration of nonlinear, quantum and stochastic phenomena in optoelectronics, microwave photonics, and laser physics.

In 2006, Chembo received a PhD degree in photonics from the University of the Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca, Spain), and previously, an independent PhD in nonlinear dynamics from the University of Yaounde I (Cameroon).

In 2007 and 2008, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the FEMTO-ST Institute in Besançon, France. In 2009, he was a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at the Quantum Science and Technology Group of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech (Pasadena, California, USA). From 2010 to 2016, he worked for CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in France, with affiliation to the FEMTO-ST Institute where he founded and led the Microwave Photonics Group for Aerospace and Communication Engineering. In 2017, he joined the Georgia Tech-CNRS International Joint Laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He has co-authored around 200 articles in refereed international journals and international conference proceedings.

He was a member of the Committee for Regional Development of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) from 2014 to 2017, an Associate Vice-President for the IEEE Photonics Society Membership Council (2016-2019), an Associate Editor for the OSA Journal Optics Express (2016-22022), and a board member of the organization commitee for the UNESCO International Year of Light (IYL 2015).

He is an elected member of the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) Board of Governors.


  • Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)

Google Scholar

  • Nonlinear, quantum and stochastic phenomena in optoelectronics, microwave photonics, and laser physics
  • Applications to aerospace systems, optical communications, time-frequency metrology, signal detection and sensors


New Photonic Chip Spawns Nested Topological Frequency Comb

Research by Professors Mohammad Hafezi and Yanne Chembo published in June 21, 2024 issue of Science

Yanne Chembo Elected 2023 APS Fellow

Cited for work in Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

Chembo Promoted to Full Professor

Professor Yanne Chembo (ECE/IREAP) promoted to rank of Full Professor.

Ultra-Broadband Microcombs Opens Door to Opportunities for Optical Frequency Synthesis

Associate Professor Yanne Chembo publishes new paper in Nature Communications which explores broadband and low-noise microresonator frequency combs.

Chembo Elected to IEEE Photonics Society Board of Governors

The Board oversees an organization of the IEEE members involved with devices, systems and products connected to quantum electronics and photonics.

Search Initiated for New Clark School Dean

A national search has been initiated for a new Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Professor Yanne K. Chembo named 2020 Optical Society Fellow

Yanne K. Chembo has been recognized for contributions to the field of microwave photonic systems for aerospace and communication engineering.

Chembo Published in APS Reviews of Modern Physics

The review explores the complexity inherent to optoelectronic oscillators, as well as their impact in modern science and technology.