Simarjeet Saini


Prof. Saini joined University of Waterloo in Sept. 2007 as an Assistant Professor. He did his B.Tech. (Hons.) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1996 and his Doctorate from University of Maryland, College Park in 2001 under the guidance of Prof. Mario Dagenais. His Ph.D. thesis was on the design and development of a new platform technology for monolithic integration of photonic devices called Passive Active Resonant Coupler (PARC).The resulting technology led to the foundation of a start-up company Covega Corporation in Jessup, MD. Prof. Saini worked as the Lead Optoelectronics Device Engineer at Covega from Dec. 2000- Oct. 2004 and as Lead Applications Engineer from Oct. 2005-Sept. 2007. He lead the design and development of Covega’s single angled facet chips, semiconductor optical amplifiers and high power lasers. In Aug. 2004, Prof. Saini co-founded a startup company called Altanet Communications which worked on ethernet based metro area networks with less than 5 ms restoration time using intelligence in the optical domain. He also served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow from Oct. 2004-Sept. 2005 in Prof. Dagenais’ lab at the University of Maryland where he worked on biochemical sensors and optical packet routing.










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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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