Principal Investigator


David Burghoff

  • Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
  • S.M, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
  • B. S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007

David Burghoff is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to this, he was a postdoc and research scientist at MIT and faculty at Notre Dame. The overarching theme of his research is the development of new platforms that will allow long-wavelength light to be used in scalable sensors and systems. Broadly speaking, it focuses on devices and systems that blend nanoscale optoelectronics, ultrafast & nonlinear optoelectronics, and integrated long-wavelength photonics, with applications in healthcare, energy, sensing, security, and transportation. His broader ambition is to usher in an era of ubiquitous mid-infrared and terahertz photonics, and he is excited about the possibility of using these technologies to address some of our most pressing challenges.

Awards and recognition:

  • Moore Inventor’s Fellowship (2022)
  • ONR Young Investigator Award (2021)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2021)
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2021)
  • Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017)
  • MIT’s Best Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Thesis (2014)

Graduate students

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Zhenyang Xiao

B.S., Tianjin University
M.S., Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Md Istiak Khan

B.S., University of Dhaka
M.S., University of Dhaka

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Chao Dong

B.S., Lanzhou University

Zheheng Xu

Zheheng Xu

B.S., Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Mithun Roy

Mithun Roy

M.S., Concordia University
B.S., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology