2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry in Electronics and Photonics Workshop

Thursday, December 5
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Hynes, Level 1, Room 105

Friday, December 6
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hynes, Level 1, Room 105

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) is an initiative to accelerate U.S. advanced manufacturing. It is focusing on catalyzing the development of new technologies, educational competencies, production processes and products via shared contributions from the public and private sectors and academia. With this initiative, there has been a large effort dedicated to bridging the gap between applied academia research and industry needs.

This workshop is focused on basic and applied research topics that can revolutionize America’s manufacturing industries. Contributions in the areas of photonics and electronics research that have the potential to lead to product commercialization are of particular interest.

This workshop will bring together a diverse group of academic and industry participants to discuss and collaborate to resolve challenging issues that span from research to commercialization.


  • Wei Guo, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Shiyun Ruan, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America
  • Liang Feng, University of Pennsylvania

Schedule of Talks

Thursday, December 5

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Invited: Dawn Tan, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Advances in Integrated CMOS Nonlinear Optics

9:00 am – 9:45 am
Keynote: Alan Willner, University of Southern California
OAM Light for Classical and Quantum Communications

9:45 am – 10:15 am

10:15 am – 11:00 am
Keynote: Alexander Gaeta, Columbia University
Applications of Microresonator Frequency Combs

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Invited: Yu Cao, Qorvo, Inc.
The Impact of Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) of RF Front Ends in Smart Fabrics

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Invited: Kevin McComber, AIM Photonics and Spark Photonics
AIM Photonics—America's Foremost Integrated Photonics Ecosystem

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Keynote: Harish Bhaskaran, University of Oxford
Optoelectronic Applications of Phase Change Materials

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Invited: Weidong Zhou, The University of Texas at Arlington
Nanomembrane Transfer Printing Automation for Heterogeneous 3D Photonic Device Integration and Copackaging

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Keynote: Nicholas Fang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Architectured Metamaterials—From to Catalytic Converters to Soft and Flexible Body Sensing Devices

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Invited: Qiaoqiang Gan, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Thermal Photonics for Emerging Energy Applications

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Invited: Wei Jiang, Nanjing University
Low Crosstalk Subwavelength-Pitch Waveguide Arrays for Lidar and Optical Interconnect Applications


Friday, December 6

8:30 am – 9:15 am
Keynote: Yoel Fink, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fabrics the New Software

9:15 am – 9:45 am  
Invited: Ayman F. Abouraddy, University of Central Florida
Going All the Way—Towards Whole-Garment E-Textiles

9:45 am – 10:15 am   

10:15 am – 11:00 am
Keynote: Jesse Jur, North Carolina State University
E-Textiles—Industry-Driven Research Perspectives

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Invited: Stephanie Rodgers, Apex Mills
Optics Protocol—A Mission in Warp Knitting

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Invited: Geneviève Dion, Drexel University
System Integration of Textile Devices

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