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Professor Yanne K. Chembo named 2020 Optical Society Fellow

Professor Yanne K. Chembo named 2020 Optical Society Fellow

Professor Yanne K. Chembo
Professor Yanne K. Chembo

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Yanne K. Chembo has been elected as a 2020 Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). Chembo is being honored for “pioneering contributions to the development of microwave photonic systems for aerospace and communication engineering, including monolithic optical frequency comb generators and optoelectronic oscillators.”

No more than 10 percent of the total OSA membership may be Fellows at any given time, making each year’s honorees a highly selective group. OSA members have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics through distinguished contributions to education, research, engineering, business and society.

Chembo has been a UMD faculty member since January 2019 and holds a joint appointment in the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics. His research interests are in the areas of nonlinear, microwave and quantum photonic systems.

Chembo was named a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) in 2019. He was a member of the Committee for Regional Development of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) from 2015 to 2017, and an Associate Vice-President of the IEEE Photonics Society Membership Council (2016-2019).

Before joining the University of Maryland, Chembo was a Research Director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). There, he led a research group focused on photonic systems for aerospace and communication engineering.

Chembo has co-authored more than 150 articles in refereed international journals and international conference proceedings. Just recently he published a paper in Reviews of Modern Physics, which explores the complexity inherent to optoelectronic oscillators and their impact in modern science and technology.

Founded in 1916, OSA is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world.

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