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Lih Y. Lin

Electronic, Photonic, and Integrated Quantum Systems
M414 ECE
Campus Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-2168
Research 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. Prior to joining the UW, she worked in AT&T Labs-Research as a Senior Technical Staff Member on micromachined technologies for optical switching and lightwave communication systems, then Tellium, Inc. as director of Optical Technologies to co-lead their R&D effort on high-port-count MEMS optical crossconnects. 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 100 journal publications, 180 conference papers, 5 book chapters and 34 US patents. Lin was a recipient of the MIT Technology Review Award. She is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA), and a Fellow of AIMBE.

Awards and Honors

  • AIMBE Fellow, 2024.
  • Optica (formerly 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.