Current Ph.D. students

Mathew Whittlesey

Mathew Whittlesey received his B.S.E. Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2017. He is currently researching utilizing spectral shaping to create high average power, high peak power flat-top bandwidth-limited pulses. Outside of research, he enjoys rock climbing, golfing, scuba diving, and video games.

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Alex Rainville received his B.S. in Optical Engineering in 2016 from University of Rochester. After a year working in industry, he joined the Galvanauskas group as a PhD student in Electrical Engineering. Alex’s research involves the spatial combining of multi-kHz pulses from CCC fiber in pursuit of a high average power, high peak power laser system. In his free time you will find him cycling on the gravel roads around Ann Arbor or reading.

Mingshu Chen

Mingshu Chen received his B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Beijing University of Posts Telecommunications, Beijing, China and his M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His current research focus is the optimization of large core Chirally-Coupled-Core (CCC) fibers for high power coherently combined fiber laser arrays. In his free time, Mingshu enjoys playing the piano and calisthenics.

Lauren Cooper

Lauren Cooper received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Western Kentucky University in 2019. Lauren’s current research project involves using novel physical setups with fiber lasers to achieve higher energies/pulse for few-cycle pulses than previously completed with more complex setups. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, reading, and flying airplanes.

Chris Pasquale

Chris Pasquale received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware in 2019. He joined the Galvanauskas group as a PhD student this year, after working in industry as an optical engineer. Outside of work Chris enjoys playing guitar, hiking and cooking.

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Yanwen Jing received his B.S. degree in Information Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2019 and received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 2021. He is well-trained in coding, and has conducted research about distributed fiber sensing systems. In his free time, Yanwen likes traveling, cooking, and playing video games.

Former Ph.D students

  • Yifan Cui, PHD, 2022
  • Weizhi Du, PHD, 2022
  • Siyun Chen, PHD, 2021
  • Hanzhang Pei, PHD, 2020
  • Morteza Sheikhsofla, PHD 2018
  • John Ruppe, PHD 2017
  • Michael Haines, PHD 2015
  • I-Ning Hu, PHD 2015
  • Tong Zhou, PHD 2015
  • Cheng Zhu, PHD 2014
  • Wei-Zung Chang, PHD 2012
  • Xiuquan Ma, PHD 2011
  • Mat Rever, PHD 2010
  • Craig Swan, PHD 2008
  • Kai-Chung Hou, PHD 2008
  • Chi-Hung Liu, PHD 2007
  • Ming-Yuan Cheng, PHD 2007
  • Kai-Hsiu Liao, PHD 2007