Principal Investigator

Michelle Y. Sander

Email: msander[at]bu[dot]edu

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Division of Materials Science and Engineering

BU Photonics Center PHO 534

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Sc., Georgia Institute of Technology
Dipl-Ing., TU Braunschweig, Germany

Graduate Students

Junjie (Jacky) Zeng


BU Photonics Center PHO 504

Jacky pursued a B.S. in electrical engineering with a focus in Nanotechnology, with a graduation date in Spring 2017. He is now a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include the characterization and design of fiber based optical systems. He likes photography, traveling, and fashion.



Panagis Samolis


BU Photonics Center PHO 504

Panagis pursued a BS in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in the field of nanotechnology and graduated in Spring 2017. He is now a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His goal for the future is to pursue an academic career in the field of photonics and ultrafast optics. In his free time he enjoys traveling and reading literature.



Xuedong Zhu


BU Photonics Center PHO 504

Xuedong received his B.Eng. in Biological Engineering with an emphasis on genetic engineering and chemistry at Jilin University, China in 2017. He is now a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering and working on the infrared nerve stimulation (INS) project in the lab. He is interested in neuroscience and optics and the application of optical systems in biomedical science. He enjoys petting dogs, good movies and running when he is not working. And Agatha Christie is his favorite novelist.


Shutao Xu


BU Photonics Center PHO 504

Shutao received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Optoelectronics at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China in 2019. He is now a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering and working on Tm-doped ultrafast fiber lasers. His research interest is in designing and developing novel fiber laser sources. He enjoys sports and movies in his free time.

Timothy Lim


Tim received a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He started as a M.S. student in Electrical Engineering in 2019 and is now a PhD student. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and rock climbing.



Ahmet Turnali


BU Photonics Center PHO 420

Ahmet received his B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. His current research interests include design and development of novel fiber laser systems.


Undergraduate Students

Benyamin Trachtenberg (BU ECE)

Dev Bhatia (BU ECE)


Dev is pursuing his B.S. in Computer Engineering alongside a minor in Computer Science, with an expected graduation date of May 2022. He is currently working on a simulation software for the infrared nerve stimulation (INS) project. In his free time, he enjoys martial arts and playing video games.


Daniel Gruspier (BU ECE)


Daniel Gruspier is a junior studying electrical engineering. After graduation, he intends to pursue a career in RF hardware and signal engineering. At Boston University, he is the president of the Kendo Club and a desktop assistant at the IT Help Center.


Sureyya Birol (BU ECE)


Sureyya is a senior majoring in Computer Engineering. She loves to mentor and teach others, that is why she has been a teaching assistant for various courses over the years, and also just recently became a Student Advisor to mentor the incoming freshmen! Her interests include microscopy, nanotechnology, electronics and machine learning.



Former Group Members

  • Ahmet Akosman (BU PhD 2018)
  • Atcha Totachawattana (BU PhD 2017)
  • Thachachanok (Pan) Menasuta (BU ECE)
  • Allen Zou (BU ECE)
  • Benjamin Livney (BU ECE)
  • James Coll (BU Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2019)
  • Despina Pavlidis (REU Summer 2018, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Wanli Gao (Beijing University 2019)
  • Sara Denner (BU Mechanical Engineering, 2020)
  • Brian Dyer Ricci (BU Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2020)
  • Pallavi Aysola (BU Biomedical Engineering, 2021
  • Rachel Yang (BU Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Andres Vasquez (BU Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2018)
  • Peter Erf (BU Mechanical Engineering, 2018)
  • Ryan Ng (NSF REU summer 2017, Mechanical engineering at NYC)
  • Tanea Cezar (NSF RET Summer 2017, 8th grade science teacher at Fuller Middle School, Framingham Massachusetts)
  • Di Huang (BU ECE, Master thesis Spring 2017)
  • Casey Biederman (SUNY Polytechnic Institute, REU Summer 2016)
  • Karl Muench (RET Summer 2016)
  • Milan Wesseler (University of Konstanz, Bachelor Thesis Spring 2015)
  • James Bezuk (B.S. in Electrical engineering, Spring 2015; undergraduate research student from Oct 2013 – May 2015)
  • Rishab Kedia (BU RISE high school student summer 2015)
  • Dr. Hui Liu (postdoctoral associate 2013-2014)
  • Janani Chinnam (BU RISE high school student summer 2014)