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Lih Y. Lin

Photonics and Nano Devices
M414 ECE
Campus Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-2168
External Web Page: Photonics Lab


Lih Y. Lin joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at the University of Washington in 2003. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA. Then she joined AT&T Labs-Research as a Senior Technical Staff Member, working on micromachined technologies for optical switching and lightwave communication systems. In 2000, she joined Tellium, Inc. as director of Optical Technologies to co-lead their R&D effort on high-port-count MEMS optical crossconnects, where she had a sip of telecom start-up frenzy, was gladly terminated and happily found her next home back in academia. Her research projects in UW have involved nanophotonics with solution-processed materials, nanostructure-enhanced laser tweezers, bio-photonics and optical MEMS/NEMS. She has served on the technical program committee and as chair and co-chair of various technical conferences, and has served as guest editor for several journals in the field of photonics. She has over 90 journal publications, over 170 conference papers, 5 book chapters and 33 US patents. Lin was a recipient of the MIT Technology Review Award. She is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of the Optical Society of America.

Awards and Honors

  • OSA Fellow, 2020.
  • Best Scientific Poster Award, 9th NAMIS International Summer School on Nano and Micro Systems, 2015.
  • IEEE Fellow, 2010.
  • Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Washington, 2009.
  • Best Paper Award, Nanoelectronic Devices for Defense & Security (NANO-DDS) Conference, 2007.
  • MIT Technology Review Award, 2003.
  • IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer, Finalist, 2001.
  • Outstanding Doctor of Philosophy (highest honor), UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1997.

Research Projects

  • Perovskite Optoelectronics
  • Nanostructure-Enhanced Laser Tweezers
  • Quantum Dot Nanophotonics
  • Micro-instrumentation by Optical MEMS

Please visit the Photonics Lab website for detailed descriptions and publications of our projects.

Recent Publications

Selected journal publications from recent years. Please visit the Photonics Lab Publications website for a complete list of our journal publications.