Center for Photonics, Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics


  • Prof. Alkim Akyurtlu’s research interests are in the design, fabrication and characterization of metamaterials. Her work involves developing novel low-loss metamaterials in the microwave to the visible regime and application of these materials in antennas and other optical devices. She has been funded by NSF, AFOSR, DARPA, AFRL as well as several industry partners. Prof. Akyurtlu received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State.

  • Prof. Craig Armiento’s research interests include photonic and electronic devices, optical fiber networks, printed electronics and semiconductor processing. He served as ECE Department chair from 2005-2011. Prior to joining UMass Lowell, Prof. Armiento worked for over 20 years in industry at GTE Laboratories (now Verizon), Lightchip Optical Networking and MIT Lincoln Laboratories. Prof. Armiento received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

  • Prof. Xuejun Lu’s research interests include longwave infrared (LWIR) focal plane array (FPA), Multi-color (band) IR sensors; LWIR image amplifier; Flexible thin-film transistors; Printable electronics; chemical sensor; Single quantum dot emitters; Tera-hertz (THz) quantum dot photodetectors; LWIR Electro-optic modulators based on intersubband transitions and high-quality ultra-uniform quantum dot growth techniques. Prof. Lu received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas (UT) Austin.

  • Prof. Martin Margala’s research interests include terahertz frequency devices and circuits in non-CMOS technologies. His group invented new switching device called Ballistic Deflection Transistor (BDT) and is now working on applications of BDT devices in communication and signal processing circuits. The group has been continuously supported by NSF, AFOSR, ONR and ARO during the past five years. Prof. Margala received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Alberta.

  • Prof. Joel Therrien’s research interests include two dimensional semiconductors, SiC derived from polymers, and biosensors. His group is working on developing wide bandgap 2-D semiconductors to compliment graphene. Also, Prof. Therrien is exploring applications of a novel approach to making semiconductor grade SiC. They are using this technique to make MEMS, transistors, and solar cells. Finally, in collaboration with colleagues in biology and chemistry, his group is working on developing a living cell based biosensor. Prof. Therrien received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Prof. Xingwei Wang’s research interests are design, fabrication and characterization of optical sensors and devices. She is the recipient of the 2010 NSF CAREER award and the 2008 Massachusetts Life Science Center New Investigator Research Award. She has served as PI and co-PI of projects funded by NSF and industries. She has authored and co-authored over 80 papers in journals and conference proceedings. Prof. Wang received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. You can find more information on Prof. Xingwei’s research on his website.