EECS Ph.D Student Vala Fathipour Awarded 2016 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Her research interests include design, fabrication and characterization of single photon infrared detectors and imagers.

Vala Fathipour

EECS Ph.D. Student Vala Fathipour has been awarded a 2016 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship in the amount of $2000, by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for her potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

Fathipour is currently a Research Assistant working in the Bio-inspired Sensors and Optoelectronics Laboratory (BiSOL) under Prof. Hooman Mohseni. She is interested in surface plasmon based devices, QCL and in general optoelectronic devices.

Fathipour received URA Visiting Scholars fellowship from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in 2014. She won the Ryan Fellowship (1 of 8 from the entire university with ~ 8000 graduate students) in 2013. Fathipour received “Best Student Paper Award” at SPIE Optics+Photonics 2014 and gave an “invited talk” at SPIE Optics+Photonics in 2013. In 2011, she was awarded the Walter P. Murphy Fellowship by Northwestern University.  In 2005, she won the Horsburgh from the University of Edinburgh. Fathipour has 30 conference and 10 peer-reviewed articles. Her research interests include design, fabrication and characterization of single photon infrared detectors and imagers.

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