action-photoFrank Wise

Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering Applied and Engineering Physics
(607) 255-1184, fww1
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Frank Wise received a BS in Engineering Physics from Princeton University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell University. Before PhD studies, he worked on advanced integrated circuits at Bell Laboratories. Since receiving the PhD in 1988, he has been on the faculty in Applied Physics at Cornell. From 2007 to 2011 he served as Director of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics.

Current Members

Yi-Hao Chen

PhD student (yc2368)

Loves judo, physics, and math. Also a practitioner of the principles of judo, seiryoku zen’yō (maximum efficiency, minimum effort) and jita kyōei (mutual welfare and benefit). He is currently working on nonlinear fiber optics hoping to make something different.

Henry Haig

PhD Student (tsh67)

Henry is interested in developing ultrafast fiber lasers for applications and in studying nonlinear spatiotemporal waves in multimode fiber.

Yishai Eisenberg

PhD Student (ye44)

Yishai hopes to learn new and old physics, then manipulate it to create new technologies. When he’s not working on that he enjoys hiking and doing nothing.

Nicholas Bender​

Post-doc (neb78)

Nick’s interests revolve around using wavefront shaping to create and control complex light in free space and in disordered media.

​Wenchao Wang

Post-doc (ww498)

Wenchao’s previous research mainly focused on nonlinear dynamics and interesting physical phenomena in fiber lasers. Now he is committed to generating ultrafast lasers with high pulse energy through nonlinear amplification, to provide reliable light sources for scientific research and practical applications.

Past Members

Graduate Students:

Name Graduation Experience Thesis
Bob Proctor 1992 Consultant, McKinsey and McKinsey  
Janet Machol 1992 Research Staff, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  
Mark Gitin 1993 Vice-President and General Manager, Diodes, Fibers and Systems Business Unit, Coherent Laser, Inc. Now Senior Vice-President and General Manager, MKS Instruments, Inc.  
Andrew Davidson 1994 Technical Staff Member, New Focus Corporation  
Todd Krauss 1997 Postdoctoral associate in Chemistry, Columbia University Now, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester  
Inuk Kang 1998 Postdoctoral Associate in Physics at University of California, Berkeley Now, Principal optical investigator LGS Innovations  
Sylvia Smolorz 2000 Research Scientist, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Berlin, Germany  
Xiang Liu 2000 Technical Staff Member, Bell Laboratories, Holmdel Now at Futurewei Technologies  
F. Ömer Ilday 2004 Postdoc at MIT Now, Professor of Physics, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey Thesis
Kale Beckwitt 2004 Technical Staff Member, Intel Corporation Thesis
Hyungsik Lim 2005 Postdoctoral Associate at Harvard Medical School Now, Assistant Professor, Hunter College, CUNY, New York  
Jeffrey Harbold 2005 Technical Staff Member, The Aerospace Corporation Thesis
Yi-Fan Chen 2005 Technical Staff Member, Intel Corporation Now, Google Thesis
Stephen Clark 2006 Colorado Laser Thesis
Joel Buckley 2006 Sandia National Laboratories Now, Senior Physics Engineer, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Thesis
Shian Zhou 2007 Research Scientist,SUNX Ltd. and Cornell University Now, Gauss Laser, Shanghai, China  
Jeff Moses 2008 Postdoctoral Associate in MIT Now, Assistant Professor at Cornell University  
Lyuba Kuznetsova 2008 Postdoctoral Associate, Harvard University. Now, Associate Professor of Physics, San Diego State University Thesis
Andy Chong 2009 Now, Professor at Pusan National University Thesis
Adam Bartnik 2010 Staff scientist at Cornell Synchrotron, Cornell University Thesis
Simon Lefrancois 2012 Post-doctoral research associate, CUDOS, University of Sydney Now, Computer Analyst at Université de Montréal Thesis
Heng Li 2012 Software engineering at VMware Thesis
William Renninger 2012 Post-doctoral researcher, Yale University Now, Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester Thesis
Hui Liu 2013 Post-doctoral researcher, Boston University. Now, scientist at Candela, Inc. Thesis
Erin Lamb 2015 Postdoc at NIST, Boulder, Colorado Now at OFS Thesis
Jun Yang 2015 Postdoc at Corning, Incorporated, Sullivan Park, NY Now, Research Scientist, Corning, Incorporated  
Yuxing Tang 2017 Associate at Wells Fargo. Now, Research Scientist at Facebook  
Zhanwei Liu 2017 CoAdna Photonics  
Logan Wright 2018 Assistant professor at Yale University  
Walter Fu 2019 Scientist, Singular Genomics  
Zimu Zhu 2019 Optical Investigator, LGS Innovations (subsidiary of CACI)  
Michael Buttolph 2022    
Yuhang Wu 2023 Photonics Industries  

Postdoctoral Associates:

Yang (Henry) Pang Director of Engineering, Scientific Business Unit, Coherent Inc. Now, Chief Operating Officer,Lighthouse Photonics
Victor Yanovsky Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, University of Michigan
Yung-Chun Lee Professor, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Liejia Qian Professor,Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
Peer Fischer Rowland Junior Fellow, Harvard University Now, Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany
Khanh Kieu Research Professor, Optical Sciences Center Now, Assistant Professor, Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona
Liangfeng Sun Now, Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University
Luming Zhao Professor, Jiangsu Normal University, China. Now, Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
Byung-Ryool “Yul” Hyun Now, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen
Haitao Zhang Corning, Incorporated, Sullivan Park, NY Now, Research Scientist, Corning, Incorporated
Hamed Pourbeyram Kaleibar Optical Engineer at Waymo
Pavel Sidorenko Professor, Electrical Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology