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Principal Investigator

Arash Mafi

Principal Investigator
Ohio State University, PhD Physics
Arash Mafi

Arash Mafi is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy, the Director of the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM) at the University of New Mexico, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Sharif University of Technology, and his master's and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from The Ohio State University.

Following his postdoctoral appointments at the University of Arizona in Physics and The Optical Sciences Center, he joined Corning Inc. as a Senior Research Scientist working on optical fibers and liquid crystal displays.

He moved to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008, where he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, before joining the University of New Mexico in 2014.

He served as the General Chair of the Optical Science and Engineering (OSE) Graduate Program in the 2015-2016 academic year and has been the interim director of the Center for High Technology Matreials (CHTM) since July 2016.

He was a recipient of the Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation in 2013.

His research interests include quantum and nonlinear behavior of optical waveguides, and light propagation in disordered media with applications in optical image transport.

Professional Experience

  • July 2016 - present, Director, Center for High Technology Materials, University of New Mexico.
  • December 2015 - August 2016, General Chair, Optical Science and Engineering Program, University of New Mexico.
  • July 2018 - present, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of New Mexico.
  • August 2014 - July 2018, Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of New Mexico.
  • August 2013 - August 2014, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • August 2008 - August 2013, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • April 2005 - August 2008, Senior Research Scientist, Science & Technology, Optics & Communications, Corning Incorporated, Corning, New York.
  • August 2001 - March 2005, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Optical Sciences Center, Arizona Center for Mathematical Sciences, and Physics, University of Arizona.

PhD Students

Behnam Abaie, Ph.D. Student, Post-Candidacy, August 2014-Present. 

Esmaeil Mobini Souchelmaei, Ph.D. Student, August 2014-Present.

Mosfata Peysokhan, Ph.D. Student, August 2015-Present.

Cody Bassett, Ph.D. Student, August 2018-Present.

Former Group Members

Supervised Researchers:

Professor Lijun Li, Visiting Professor (2013-2014), Shandong University of Science and Tech., Shandong, Qingdao, China.

Dr. Elham Nazemosadat, Postdoc (2012-2015), presently with Chalmers University of Technology.

Dr. Krishna Mohan Gundu, Postdoc (2009-2010), presently with SIMULIA of Dassault Systemes.

Doctoral Advisement: 

Dr. Hamed Pourbeyram, (Ph.D. in 2018)

  • First position after graduation: Postdoc at Cornell University.
  • Current position: Postdoc at Cornell University.

Dr. Parisa Gandomkar Yarandi, (Ph.D. in 2013)

  • First position after graduation: Postdoc at Texas A&M University.
  • Current position: Postdoc at Senior Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA.

Dr. Salman Karbasi, (Ph.D. in 2014)

  • First position after graduation: Postdoc at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Current position: Senior Optical Engineer with Product Integrity Group, Apple Incorporated, Cupertino, CA.

Dr. Rodrigo Acuna Herrera, (Ph.D. in 2011, Co-advised with Professor Law)

  • First position after graduation: Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, National University of Colombia, Colombia.
  • Current position: Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, National University of Colombia, Colombia.

Masters Advisement:

Cameron Radosevich, UNM OSE Student, Spring 2017-Present.

Trevor Rubin, UNM OSE Student, Spring 2017-Present. 

Aaron Mueller, M.S. (Co-advised with Professor Law)

  • Graduated in June 2011.
  • Thesis title: Modeling and experimental verification of a fiber Bragg grating-based magnetostrictive current sensor.
  • UWM Misra Award and Electrical Engineering Outstanding Student Award, May 2010.

Craig Mirr, M.S.

  • Graduated in December 2011.
  • Thesis title: Advanced optical fiber modal and tip imaging.
  • Electrical Engineering Outstanding Student Award, December 2011.
  • Presently a Lead Electrical Process Engineer in Advanced Manufacturing at ‎GE Healthcare.

Santhosh Yegnaraman, M.S. (Co-advised with Professor Hao Zhang)

  • Graduated in August 2011.
  • Thesis title: Ghost imaging-based enhanced laser speckle imaging technique for applications in flowmetry.

Undergraduate Student Mentoring:

     University of New Mexico:

John Keeney, Undergraduate Researcher, March 2017-Present.

Bryan Rubio, Undergraduate Researcher, Fall 2015-Spring 2017.

David Hatley, Undergraduate Researcher, Fall 2014-June 2016.

     University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

Ryan Frazier, Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2014.

  • Co-author on 4 published journal papers, including one in Nature Communications.
  • 1st place award in undergraduate research in the College of Engineering \& Applied Science, UWM, April 2014.
  • 1st place award in undergraduate research in the College of Engineering \& Applied Science, UWM, April 2013.

Joel Kolata, Fall 2013.

Lauren Abramczyk, Undergraduate Researcher, Fall 2011.

Rex Allen, Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2010-Spring 2011. Electrical Engineering Outstanding Student Award, May 2011.

Joseph A. Wychesit II, Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2009, Spring and Summer 2010.

Lian Reaser, Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2009, Spring and Summer 2010.

Karanvir Singh Kaleka, Undergraduate Researcher, September-December 2009.

Naveen Kumar Gundumogula, Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2009.

John Harms, Undergraduate Researcher, Spring 2009.

K-12 Students:

Insun Yoon, Senior High School Researcher, Summer 2015-Summer 2016.

Arman Allahverdi, Junior High School Researcher, Summer 2016.