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Dagenais, Mario

Mario Dagenais
ECE, Laboratory for Green Nanophotonics, Optoelect
Kim Building 2128

Research Interests 

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.

Selected Publications 

"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)

Related News 

Team of Researchers from UMD, Duke, and Stanford Awarded $2 Million Dollar EFRI Grant to Study Quantum Communication Networks
In this project, the researchers will engineer silicon-chip traps and integrated photonic circuits to provide the core hardware for a scalable and efficient quantum communication network.  August 16, 2017

ECE Names 2014-2015 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2014-15. May 14, 2015

UMD Team Receives Keck Foundation Grant to Design and Build New Photonic Spectrometer
Interdisciplinary research team to design the world's first fully integrated photonic spectrograph. July 19, 2013

Dagenais to Co-Chair POEM 2013
Professor Mario Dagenais (ECE) will Co-Chair the 6th Annual International Photonics and Optoelectronics Meeting taking place from May 24-27, 2013. May 20, 2013

Trento Funds Collaborative International Projects
Partnership will support joint research in solar power, cell-based systems and ultra low-power systems. February 16, 2012

ECE Grad Students Ryu and Stamm Awarded Wylie Fellowships
The fellowship includes a $10,000 stipend and tuition remission for one semester. April 16, 2011

Ryu and Yoon Awarded Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships
ECE Ph.D. students receive Summer Research Fellowships that support "mid-career" doctoral students. May 21, 2010

Five ECE Ph.D. Students Named Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Fellowships recognize Ph.D. students' research excellence in the final stages of their dissertation work. March 22, 2010

Seven ECE Students Named Future Faculty Fellows
Ph.D. students chosen to participate in Clark School program designed to prepare future professors. February 28, 2010

Dagenais Named Fellow of IEEE
ECE professor recognized for contributions to photon correlation, semiconductor devices, and integration technologies. December 8, 2009