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About Andrew Sarangan

I am guided by the philosphy that truly useful innovation can only come after mastery of the art using all physical and intuitive senses. Far too much of science today is done while sitting at a desk without achieving mastery of the senses.
I believe in the ancient practice of master-apprenticeship method of training, complelety opposite of the current trends in massive open courses.
I practice a holistic approach to engineering research, which extends from theory and design to fabrication and commercialization. I strive to produce work that could improve peoples lives instead of simply adding to the archive of scientific knowledge that never gets used.
I consider mentoring to be my most important academic job. I go beyond simply advising students on their study and research. I attempt to motivate them and keep them energized by involving them in industry visits, grant proposals, conference travel and counseling. I encourage student initiatives, and support their endeavors.

Senior Member, IEEE, Photonics Society & Electron Devices Society
Member – SPIE
Member – OSA
Technical Society Leadership & Conference Organization
• Technical program committee of IEEE Photonics Society on Photodetectors, Sensors, Systems and Imaging (since 2010)
• Technical Program Chair of the International Symp. on Photonics and Optoelectronics (SOPO), Beijing, China 2013.
• Chair of the Nanotechnology Conference in the SPIE Great Lakes Photonics Symposium, Dayton, OH, 2006.
• Co-chair of the Nanotechnology Conference in the Great Lakes Photonics Symposium, Cleveland, OH, 2004.
• Chair of the IEEE/Photonics Society chapter of Dayton, OH (since 2002)
Reviewer for
• National Science Foundation (NSF)
• Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada
• A large number of IEEE, OSA, SPIE, APS journals.


2000 - Present Professor, University of Dayton Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards – Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education
  • 2013 Affiliate Societies Council Outstanding Scientists & Engineers Award – Research category, Dayton, OH
  • 2008 Sigma Xi Noland Award for Excellence in Research, University of Dayton
  • AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellowship (2001 & 2002) for research at Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB on surface emitting lasers.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Research in Optoelectronics (1997 &1998) - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.
  • TRIO (Telecommunications Research Institute of Ontario) Internship award (1995-1997).
  • Post-Graduate Scholarship, NSERC of Canada (1991-1995)
  • Institute for Computer Research Graduate Awards (Univ. of Waterloo, 1991-1992).
  • Faculty of Engineering Awards for Academic Excellence (Univ. of Waterloo, 1992-1995)
  • Undergraduate Dean's Honors Awards (Univ. of Waterloo, 1986-1991).


  • Nano-fabrication (EOP 632/ ECE 682)
  • Optical Thin Films (EOP 595)
  • Quantum Electronics (EOP 626/ECE 676)
  • Integrated Optics (EOP 604/ECE 674)
  • Nanophotonics (EOP 631)
  • Electro-Optics Laboratory II (EOP 542L)
  • Applied Nanotechnology (EGR 411)
  • Electrical & Electronic Circuits (EGR 203)


1997 PhD, University of Waterloo ‐ Electrical & Computer Engineering
1994 MA-Sc, University of Waterloo ‐ Electrical & Computer Engineering
1991 BA-Sc, University of Waterloo ‐ Electrical & Computer Engineering

Contact Information

Location: Office: CPC 572A; Lab: SC 037
Phone: 937-229-3190 or 937-229-1037


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