Who ?


Rajesh Menon, USTAR Associate Professor

rajeshmenon2016Rajesh Menon combines his expertise in nanofabrication, computation and optical engineering to impact myriad fields including super-resolution lithography, metamaterials, broadband diffractive optics, integrated photonics, photovoltaics and computational optics. His research has spawned over 100 publications, over 40 patents, and 4 spin-off companies. Rajesh is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. Among his other honors are a NASA Early Stage Innovations Award, NSF CAREER Award and the International Commission for Optics Prize. He currently directs the Laboratory for Optical Nanotechnologies (http://lons.utah.edu/) at the University of Utah. He received S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT.

Postdoctoral Scientists

Levi Bourke

Levi_Bourke_smallLevi Bourke completed his Ph.D in Physics at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2017. Previously he has completed a MSc and BSc hons. in Physics, as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Medical Physics. His expertise is in the areas of thin-film optics, nanolithography, and nanofabrication; having carried out research into: evanescent field interference lithography, evanescent field coupled antireflection coatings, genetic algorithm optimization of grating coupled interference lithography systems, and chiral thin film polarizers. His current research topic is on nanopatterning using optically saturable transitions. Outside of the University his interests include family, music, guitar, baseball, cricket, and exploring what the USA has to offer. Levi.Bourke [at] Utah.edu.

Apratim Majumdar

Apratim Majumder graduated with his Ph.D from the ECE department at the University of Utah in 2017. He received his B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the West Bengal University of Technology in India (2011). His major interest lies in developing systems to efficiently generate patterns in the nanoscale. His present research is on fabricating nanopatterns using optically saturable transition. Besides academia he takes keen interest in the fine arts and cinema. apratim88 [at] gmail.com

PhD Students

Jacqueline Cooke

Jacqueline (Jackie) Cooke is currently a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah. She has been working as a research assistant to build a miniature microscope through a glass cannula. Her interests are in developing novel sensing systems capable of collecting, processing, and analyzing signals and her interests include design and fabrication of nano-scale devices and systems as well as optics and signal processing. She completed a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as a BS in Physics at New Mexico State University. Before working with Dr. Menon she worked with the physics department at New Mexico State University using ellipsometry to study the properties of materials and electrical engineering department working on a lighter and smaller spectrometer capable of being used in space. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, camping, cooking, and reading. JABCooke [at] gmail.com

Monjurul Meem

Monjurul Meem is currently a PHD student in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah. He got his B.Sc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Monjurul joined Menon group in fall 2016. He is currently working on design, fabrication and characterization of diffractive optical devices such as flat lens and 2D/3D holograms. Monjurul enjoys soccer, cricket, movies and travelling in his free time. monjurul.meem [at] utah.edu

Ganghun Kim


Ganghun Kim is a graduate student studying for Ph.D in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Utah. He joined Menon group in 2013 as a research assistant, and has been working to build a miniature microscope through a glass cannula. Though his major research interest lies in the field of optics, he has expanded the scope of his interest through multiple interdisciplinary projects into sustainable energy and biomedical imaging. Upon joining the University of Utah, Ganghun was awarded with Florian Solzbacher and Xiaoxin Chen Graduate Fellowship. Before joining Menon group, he worked for Micron Technology, a semiconductor company based on Boise, for two years as a characterization engineer. He received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah in 2011. He enjoys skiing, camping, and road trip around the country when he is free from research duties. ganghun.kim [at] gmail.com

Jason Martineau


Jason’s current research is in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, specifically in improving the temporal and spatial resolution of the stochastic super resolution techniques (PALM, STORM). More broadly, he is interested in developing methods that will allow scientists to probe not just the spatial structure of cells and organelles at the smallest levels, but also measure other physical observables that can be used to characterize living systems. This include developing force and EM field sensing techniques that are sufficiently noninvasive and that can operate with high enough precision so as to be used in living cells. jtmartineau.work [at] gmail.com

Undergraduate Students

Sama Alkilani

IMG_8144Sama Alkilani is currently an undergraduate pursuing a degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Utah. Her research experience includes designing a water soluble polymer-based redox flow batteries. In her free time, Sama enjoys photography, playing sports and learning new languages.


Allison Kachel

Allison Allison Kachel is pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. Allison is currently working on reconstructing images that have been blurred due to light scattering effects in the presence of a diffuser. Her goal is to use this research in order to see through a biological tissue sample. In her spare time, Allison enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and playing video games.


Rachael Palmer


Rachael Palmer is studying Biomedical Engineering and is working on the lensless computational imaging project. The goal of this project is to find the limits of the current technology and then work on expanding the boundaries. In the long run, lensless imaging would allow for significantly smaller cameras. Outside of the lab and school she enjoys reading, hiking, and practicing the art of calligraphy.


Stefan Kapetanovic

Stefan Kapetanovic is an undergraduate Honors student studying Computer Engineering at the University of Utah. He joined the Menon group in early 2017 to work on the Computational Optics team. His major project aims to incorporate lensless imaging, deep learning, and convolutional neural networks into a seamless system that can understand its surroundings. With hopeful applications in autonomous driving, medical image processing, smart data analytics, etc. Stefan is thrilled to push the boundaries of the project to new lengths. He has a passion for athletics, spending time with loved ones, and traveling with his free time. stefankapetanovic1 [at] gmail.com.

Lukas Ingenhorst

Lukas recently finished his B.Sc. in Energy Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen and is currently with the Menon group as a DAAD RISE scholar. While in Salt Lake City, he is working on the design and characterization of diffractive optics for 3D holograms. On a more general note, his research interests include the optimization of renewable energy technologies, particularly photovoltaic cells, and their efficient system integration. In his free time, Lukas enjoys exploring Utah, especially hiking its National Parks, as well as playing soccer and snowboarding. lukas.ingenhorst[at]gmail.com.

Past Members

Nabil Mohammad

photoNabil Mohammad is currently with Intel Corp. in OR.




Xiaowen Wan  is an optical engineer at LightSmyth Technologies, OR.

Alexandra Zhudova 


Alexandra (Sasha) Zudova is a Bioengineering PhD student.



Peng Wang

Peng is currently a post-doctoral scientist in Prof. Lihong Wang’s group at Caltech.



Farhana Masid 

Farhana is currently with IM Flash in Lehi, UT.

fqm5015 [at] gmail.com


Bing Shen

photoBing is currently a research engineer at Macom in NY.




Precious Cantu 

Precious is doing a Fulbright fellowship at EPFL.

pcantu03 [at] gmail.com


Monica Barton

Monica_BartonMonica was an undergraduate researcher for Summer 2016.



Jacob Packer

jacob_packerJacob was an undergraduate researcher for Summer 2016.



Daniel Voigt
profile-pictureDaniel was a RISE DAAD exchange student from Germany in Summer/Fall 2016.




Eyal Shafran. Research Engineer. 

Marissa Schulz, Visiting (DAAD) Undergraduate Researcher Summer 2015

Nikole Palmieri, Undergraduate researcher.

Roxanna Julian, Undergraduate researcher.

Hunter Grayson, Undergraduate researcher.

Phillip Helms, Undergraduate researcher.

Kristina Lundgren, Undergraduate researcher.

Bryan Arbil, Undergraduate researcher.

Tom Rust. Research Engineer.

Amihai Meiri. Research scientist at Bar-llan University.

Kai Wang, Post-doctoral scientist ORNL.

Chaitanya Ullal. Dr. Chaitanya Ullal is currently a Professor at RPI.

Carl G. Ebeling is currently with Vutara Inc. (acquired by Zeiss).

Ian Sohl, Undergraduate researcher.

Caitlin Arndt, Undergraduate researcher.

Friedhelm Adler, RISE DAAD visiting student.

Sam Judd, Undergraduate researcher.

Rafael Kimora, Visiting undergraduate student from Brazil

Nathan Godfrey, Undergraduate researcher.

Vinicius Carvalho, Visiting undergraduate student from Brazil


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