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Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801


Office hours 8:30a - 5:00p


Phone: 217-333-3097
Fax: 217-244-6375


Lynford L. Goddard

Lynford L. Goddard

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
2254 Micro and Nanotechnology Lab
208 N. Wright Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801
(217) 244-0799
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PhD in Physics with minor in Math, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2005

Research Statement:
My research group, the Photonic Systems Laboratory, studies the ways that light, and lasers in particular, can be used for sensing and measurement, communications, and data processing. The research focuses on fabricating, characterizing, and modeling individual lasers and photodetectors, photonics-based sensors, instrumentation, and integrated circuits, as well as developing new processing, inspection, and characterization techniques, and testing novel semiconductor materials and devices. Applications include hydrogen detection for fuel cells, carbon dioxide detection for reducing post harvest food loss, optical spectrum analysis and quantitative phase microscopy for metrology, integrated microring Bragg reflectors for narrow linewidth lasers and next generation chip-scale communication systems, and optical logic, memory and switches for high speed data processing.
Research Interests:
  • Semiconductor Band Structure Modeling
  • Nano and Micro Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (NOEMS/MOEMS)
  • All-optical Data Processing Systems
  • Photonic Integrated Circuits
  • Nanofabrication and Novel Semiconductor Processing
  • Materials Characterization
  • Low Loss Semiconductor/Dielectric Waveguides and Interconnects
  • Semiconductor Lasers, Modulators, and Detectors
  • Computational Electromagnetics for Photonics
  • Microscopy for Material Science
  • Photonics-based Metrology and Instrumentation
  • Photonics-based Sensors
  • Optoelectronics
Undergraduate Research Opportunities:
1. The Photonic Systems Laboratory is accepting applications for undergraduate students interested in completing a senior research thesis in AY 2015-2016. The student must have a solid academic record and be self motivated, eager to test out new measurement or simulation techniques, and able to commit the time and effort during the academic year necessary to complete the thesis (usually >10 hours per week). Programming skills in LabVIEW or Matlab, or prior research experience or coursework in Optics would be a definite plus. Interested applicants should email an updated resume to Professor Goddard.
2. The group is also looking for an undergraduate student (at any grade level) who has taken ECE 444 to develop processing recipes for depositing silicon dioxide using the new LPCVD machine in MNTL. The student would also assist with photolithography, etching, and measuring the optical loss of the resulting devices.
For more information:
Photonic Systems Laboratory homepage

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements:

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (1/13/2010)
  • SPIE Senior Member (2014)
  • EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Participant (2014)
  • NSF CAREER Award (5/2010)
  • Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium Participant (2011)
  • Santa Clara Unified School District Hall of Fame (inducted 2011)
  • IEEE Senior Member (Aug 2010)
  • National Physical Science Consortium Scholar (1998-2004)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Award (1996)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar (1996)
  • David S. Levine Award (1996)
  • Stanford University Presidential Award (1994)
  • National Society of Black Engineers Fellowship (1994)
  • American Physical Society Scholar (1993-1994)

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Teaching:

  • List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students (in both ECE 329 sections)
  • ECE Ronald W. Pratt Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award
  • List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students (ECE 329)
  • Paul H. Kirkpatrick Award, excellence in teaching of physics.

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Research:

  • University of Illinois Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Public Service:

  • AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science