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Mohamed Swillam

Mohamed Swillam

Assistant Professor, Associate Chair
American University in Cairo


Received his Ph. D from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in 2008. After graduation he worked as post doctoral fellow in the same group. In October 2009, he joined the photonic group and the institute of optical sciences at the University of Toronto where he works as a research fellow. In September 2011, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the Department of Physics, the American university in Cairo (AUC). His research interests include design optimization and fabrication of active and passive nanophotonic and plasmonic devices and systems, silicon photonics, optical interconnects, integrated on- chip optical systems, lab on chip, nano-antenna, metamaterials, and solar cells. The main applications include biomedical integrated systems, energy harvesting, and telecommunications. He authored more than 120 technical papers in highly ranked journals and conferences. He also hold 2 patents, a book, and book chapter in these areas. Dr. Swillam is a guest editor in J. of optical and quantum electronics. He is also member of the editorial board of many physics and photonics journal including journal of review of applied physics, J. of photonics and optoelectronics, J. of Bio-Inspired Nanotechnology, NUSOD, ICMAP and SOPO. He is also a senior member of the IEEE Photonic society since 2010. He is the founder and the advisor of the optical society of America and SPIE chapters at the AUC and the vice president of the Egyptian Unit. Dr. Swillam received various awards and fellowships including the State Award for advanced technology in 2013 and Misr -Elkhair best publication award in science in 2012, Ontario ministry of research (MRI) fellowship in 2011, NSERC post doctoral fellowship 2009, and the Dean’s graduate student award of knowledge translation and innovation from McMaster University in 2009. He is also the recipient of best student paper award from IEEE/LEOS Ottawa section for Photonics North 2007 and from ACES 2009. Swillam is a recipient of the Nortel Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (OGSST), as well as the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), in May 2007 and April 2008, respectively. He is also the recipient of best student paper award from IEEE/LEOS Ottawa section for Photonics North 2007 and from ACES 2009 and the Dean’s Graduate Student Award of Knowledge Translation and Innovation from McMaster University in 2009. He recently won the competition for Ontario Ministry of Research (MRI) fellowship round five for 2011.He is also a senior member of the IEEE Photonic Society.

Research Interest

Fabrication of optoelectronics and nanoplasmonic structures for sensing and telecommunication applications, Design and fabrication of optical nanoantenna for biomedical and energy harvesting Silicon photonic, Optical coherent control of nanophotonic devices and its application, Signal processing techniques for electromagnetics, Sensitivity analysis and design optimization of microwave and nanophotonics components, Design of surface plasmon waveguide for biomedical and optical interconnects, Modeling and simulation of optical fiber communication systems