Materials and Devices Category

Dr. Adam Rasheed

Dr. Rasheed is a research engineer with the General Electric (GE) Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, USA. He led a collaboration between GE and NASA investigating a large-scale PDE system that fired into an axial turbine – the first test rig of its kind in the world. The implications of the prototype system are huge for faster and cheaper global travel, which promises to be a sure plus for global businesses.

Dr. Rasheed was recognized for his technical contributions as “World’s Top 35 innovators under 35,” by MIT Technology Review in 2005. He was also one among the 80 “nation’s brightest young engineers” to participate in the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) 2006 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Dr. Rasheed holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA and a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

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Dr. Rajeev Ram

Prof. Rajeev Ram is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT and Associate Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics. His research focuses on the development of novel optical and electronic devices for applications in communications, energy, and sensing. Prof. Ram is widely acknowledged for his work in the field of optoelectronics and he is one of the pioneers in the semiconductor based laser science and technology using both III-V and Si-Ge material systems. He also serves as the Director of the MIT Center for Integrated Photonics Systems (CIPS), as part of which he coordinates an industrial working group examining next-generation networks and component technologies.

Prof. Ram has won numerous awards which include the John and Fannie Hertz Foundation Fellowship, NSF Early Career Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, ITT Career Development Chair, and Ruth and Joel Spira Distinguished Teaching Award in the MIT School of Engineering. Prof. Ram holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor’s in Applied Physics from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA.

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Dr. Aref Chowdhury

Dr. Aref Chowdhury is a Technical Staff Member at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in the Quantum Information and Optics Research Department. His research focuses on nonlinear optics and biochemical detection research. Dr. Chowdhury was conferred the prestigious MIT Technology Review 100 Young Innovator Award in 2004 for his work on minimizing distortions in optical signals, which is critical for improving long-haul optical transport networks. Dr. Chowdhury also specializes in analyzing the interactions between materials and light to uniquely identify biochemical materials based on their spectral properties. Techniques, like these ones could be used in the future to help protect against airborne pollutants, or to monitor other environmental conditions.

Earlier this year, Dr. Chowdhury was selected as one of the nation's 81 brightest young engineers and invited to the National Academy of Engineering’s U.S. frontiers of engineering symposium Dr. Chowdhury holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics & Statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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