Dr. Michael Joseph Hochberg joined the ECE Department on 5 July 2012 with a joint appointment at the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), A*STAR. Dr Hochberg is also currently an Associate faculty member of the University of Delaware, USA, in ECE, MS and CBE. Dr. Hochberg received his BS (Physics, 2002), MS (Applied Physics, 2005) and his PhD (Applied Physics, 2006) from the California Institute of Technology, USA. His research interests are in the areas of silicon photonics and large-scale photonic-electronic integration.
As an undergraduate, he received a merit-based fellowship from Caltech, and co-founded three companies, including Simulant, which sold the first commercial distributed FDTD code, and Luxtera, a venture-funded company that commercialized silicon photonics. As a graduate student, he worked on developing integrated nonlinear optical devices using silicon photonics, and received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He was awarded the Demetriades-Tsafka Prize in Nanotechnology for the best dissertation in the field of Nanotechnology on the basis of his thesis work at Caltech. In 2007, he joined the faculty at the University of Washington where he received a 2007 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigators Program award, as well as a 2009 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) - the highest honor conferred on young scientists in the United States.