Seminar-- October 28, 2009



Lehigh University

Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series

Fall 2009


Integration of Optoelectronic Devices for Applications in Optical Interconnects and Wireless Communications


Z. Rena Huang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Electrical, Computer and System Engineering,

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Wednesday, October 28
at 4p.m. to 5:30 p.m.,
Packard 416




The continuous scaling of microchips and the stride towards multicore processors demand alternative interconnect technologies to address the challenges in power/speed/size/cost of chips beyond conventional metal/dielectric wiring systems. Optical interconnect is widely accepted as one of the most promising solutions to the next generation of on-die signaling, clock distribution, and high density I/Os. The research at Dr. Huang’s Advanced Photonic Laboratory aims at providing solutions to optical interconnects. This talk serves as a survey of her research in (1) high performance, small footprint of SiGe heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) electro-optical modulators, and (2) packaging of RF/opto modules for dual-mode communication.


Dr. Z. Rena Huang obtained her Ms and Ph.D. from the ECE at Georgia Tech in 1999 and 2003, respectively. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Microsystem Packaging Research Center in 2004. She joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an assistant professor in October 2004. She received the Best Poster PRC Award in 1999, Outstanding Poster Paper Award of 53th ECTC in 2003, and Commendable Paper Award of IEEE Transaction in Advanced Packaging in 2004.