Professor Dagenais' research interests are III-V integrated opto-electronics, nanotechnology, UV and blue-green GaN LEDs, GaN solar cells and bio-sensing. Recently, he has been interested in nanophotonics and plasmonics for the sub-wavelength confinement of light, in the direct rectification of visible light for collecting solar energy, in the development of interband cascade lasers and in glycobiology for the development of new, ultra-sensitive individual and two-dimensional arrays of optical bio-sensors. He also has interest in high power semiconductor laser sources, semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs), superluminescent LEDs, detectors, modulators, and in the integration of these components.
Professor Dagenais received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1978 working in Quantum Optics and photon correlations under the direction of Professor Mandel. Together with Jeff Kimble, he made the first observation of photon antibunching. He was a Research Fellow at Harvard University from 1978 to 1980, where he worked in nonlinear optics with Professor Bloembergen. From 1980 to 1987, he worked at GTE Laboratories on photonic switching and semiconductor lasers. He joined the University of Maryland in 1987 where he has been Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1991. He has more than 300 archival and conference publications. He has co-chaired several national and international meetings. From 1994 to 2000, he was co-director of the NSF sponsored industry-university cooperative research center on optoelectronic devices, interconnect and packaging. He is an Affiliate Professor in the Bioengineering department and member of the Chemical Physics faculty. He was also previous associate editor for Optics Letters and Applied Optics. Professor Dagenais is VP membership for the Americas for the IEEE Photonics Society. He is a topical editor for the IEEE Photonics Journal. Professor Dagenais is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a Fellow of IEEE.
"Integrated Optoelectronics," edited by M. Dagenais, R. F. Leheny and J. Crow; Academic Press, Boston, 1995, 686 pp.
Honors and Awards
• Optical Society of America Fellow
• IEEE Fellow (2009)