Associate Professor, Assoc Chair Undergraduate

Contact InformationSimarjeet Saini

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35018
Location: E5 4032

Website

Biography Summary

Simarjeet Saini is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Waterloo. He completed his Doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2001 under the guidance of Professor Mario Dagenais. Professor Saini’s Ph.D. thesis was on the design and development of a new platform technology for monolithic integration of photonic devices called Passive Active Resonant Coupler (PARC).

The resulting technology led to the foundation of a start-up company called Covega Corporation in Jessup, Maryland. Professor Saini worked as the Lead Optoelectronics Device Engineer at Covega and later on, as a Lead Applications Engineer. He led the design and development of Covega’s single angled facet chips, semiconductor optical amplifiers and high power lasers.

In August 2004, Professor Saini co-founded a start-up company called Altanet Communications, which worked on ethernet based metro area networks with less than 5 ms restoration time using intelligence in the optical domain.

Professor Saini’s research interests include optoelectronics components for datacom and telecom, high speed optical networks, tunable mid-IR lasers, nanophotonics chem-bio sensors, and microwave photonics. He has been granted 5 US patents and has 5 more in various stages of application, of which 3 have already been commercialized.

Research Interests

  • Monolithic Integration of photonics devices
  • Optoelectronics components for datacom and telecom
  • High speed optical networks
  • Tunable mid-IR lasers
  • Nanophotonics Chem-Bio Sensors
  • Microwave photonics
  • Antennas
  • Microwaves & Photonics
  • Water
  • Nanotechnology

Education

  • 2001, Doctorate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1996, Other, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Courses*

  • GENE 123 - Electrical Circuits and Instrumentation
    • Taught in 2015
  • ECE 477 - Photonic Devices and Systems
    • Taught in 2016
  • ECE 770 - Special Topics in Antenna and Microwave Theory
    • Taught in 2016
  • ECE 375 - Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2018
  • ECE 106 - Electricity and Magnetism
    • Taught in 2015, 2017, 2018
  • ECE 102 - Information Session
    • Taught in 2018
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Walia, Jaspreet and Boulanger, Jonathan and Dhindsa, Navneet and LaPierre, Ray and Tang, Xiaowu Shirley and Saini, Simarjeet S, Resonant photo-thermal modification of vertical gallium arsenide nanowires studied using Raman spectroscopy, Nanotechnology, 27(24), 2016
  • Dhindsa, Navneet and Saini, Simarjeet S, Comparison of ordered and disordered silicon nanowire arrays: experimental evidence of photonic crystal modes, Optics letters, 41(9), 2016, 2045 - 2048
  • Khodadad, Iman and Dhindsa, Navneet and Saini, Simarjeet S, Refractometric Sensing Using High-Order Diffraction Spots From Ordered Vertical Silicon Nanowire Arrays, IEEE Photonics Journal, 8(2), 2016, 1 - 10
  • Dhindsa, Navneet and Walia, Jaspreet and Pathirane, Minoli and Khodadad, Iman and Wong, William S and Saini, Simarjeet Singh, Adjustable optical response of amorphous silicon nanowires integrated with thin films, Nanotechnology, 27(14), 2016
  • Dhindsa, Navneet and Saini, Simarjeet Singh, Localized absorption in aluminum mask in visible spectrum due to longitudinal modes in vertical silicon nanowire arrays, Journal of Applied Physics, 117(22), 2015