Ali Adibi is the director for the Center for Advanced Processing-tools for
Electromagnetic/acoustics Xtals (APEX) at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his B.S.E.E.
from Shiraz University (Iran) in 1990, and received his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia
Institute of Technology (1994) and the California Institute of Technology (2000), respectively. His
Ph.D. research resulted in a breakthrough in persistent holographic storage in photorefractive
Dr. Adibi worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology from 1999 to
2000. In 2000, he joined the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the
Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is now an associate professor.
Dr. Adibi has a wide range of research interests in both theoretical and experimental aspects of
photonic devices and materials. His research has resulted in more than 50 journal and more than 100
conference publications, as well as several invention disclosures and patents.
Dr. Adibi has received several prestigious awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award
for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House, CAREER Award from the National Science
Foundation (NSF), and Packard Fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Dr. Adibi
has been the conference chair for several conferences, including the "Photonic Crystal Materials
and Devices" conference in the Photonics West Meeting. He has served as a technical committee
member for several conferences organized by IEEE, Optical Society of America (OSA), and The
International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of
Sigma Xi, OSA, SPIE, and ASM. He is also the chair of the IEEE LEOS Atlanta Chapter.
Professor Citrin earned a B.A. from Williams College (1985) and a M.S. (1987) and a Ph.D. (1991)
from the University of Illinois, all in physics, where his dissertation was on the optical
properties of semiconductor quantum wires. Subsequently, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at
the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany (1992-1993) and Center Fellow
at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at the University of Michigan (1993-1995). Dr. Citrin
was an assistant professor of physics and materials science at Washington State University (1995 to
Prof. Citrin joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2001 where his work focuses on terahertz
technology and nanotechnology. He is a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for
Scientists and Engineers and of a Friedrich Bessel Award from the Alexander Von Humboldt Stiftung.
Prof. Citrin is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and a member of the
Steering Committee of the Terahertz Network.
Dr. McLaughlin received the B.S.E.E. degree from Northwestern University in 1985, the M.S.E. degree
from Princeton University in 1986, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1992. He
has held positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Co., and Booz, Allen and Hamilton.
From 1992-1996 he was on the Electrical Engineering faculty at the Rochester Institute of
Technology. He joined the School of ECE at Georgia Tech in September 1996 where he is now Byers
Professor of ECE. He holds 26 US patents and has more than a dozen pending and has published more
than 200 papers in journals and conferences in the general area of communications and information
Dr. Voss received the B.A. degree in Humanities with an emphasis in French Literature from Brigham
Young University in Provo, Utah in 1994. In 1997, he received the B.S. degree in Electrical
Engineering from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He was awarded the M.S. and
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in
2000 and 2003, respectively. After pursuing postdoctoral studies at Northwestern University, he
joined the Georgia Tech faculty in January 2006.
His research has involved experimental and theoretical study of optical amplifiers that make use of
nonlinear mixing to provide gain. These amplifiers, called fiber parametric amplifiers, can also
wavelength convert signals. In addition, they can also serve as sources of entangled photons for
quantum key distribution. Dr. Voss has identified theoretically and verified experimentally the
fundamental limits on the performance of these devices for optical communications and quantum key
distribution. He also developed ultrasensitive detection techniques for photon counting and quantum
optical homodyne tomography. His research at Georgia Tech involves the development of novel and
improved devices and systems for optical communications and for quantum communications.
In his short career, he has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications and conference
presentations and holds 1 patent.