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Umar Piracha

CREOL Alum: Umar Piracha

Education
2012 PhD in Electrical Engineering, advisor: Peter J. Delfyett
2007 MS in Electrical Engineering, advisor: Peter J. Delfyett
2012 PhD in Electrical Engineering at CREOL at University of Central Florida
2004 MS in Laser/Optoelectronics at University of Southern California, Los Angeles
2002 BS in Engineering Sciences (Lasers and Optics) at GIK Institute, Pakistan

Employment
2015 - 2015: Adjunct Faculty, University of Central Florida, College of Optics & Photonics
2005 - 2005: Optical Research/Test Engineer , Intel Corp (Photonics TechLaboratory, Silicon Photonics Group)
 
Awards & Honors
2016 SPIE Startup Challenge Semi-Finalist (Photonics West, 2016)
2015 IEEE Outstanding Entrepreneur Award (Orlando Section, 2015)
2012 UCF Innovator Award
2012 CREOL Student of the Year Finalist
2011 Travel grants (from IEEE Photonics Society, UCF, CREOL)
2011 IEEE Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Award
2011 $1000 IEEE Scholarship (Orlando Section)
2011 Who's Who Among Students Scholarship
2010 Outstanding presentation award at CREOL Industrial Affiliates Day
2009 $2000 SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering
2006 $1500 UCF Graduate Research Fellowship
2005 Plaque for Intel's first continuous wave Silicon Raman Laser
 
Biography

Dr. Piracha has over 10 years of research experience in optical sciences & engineering in academia and industry. He has proven expertise in the areas of fiber optics, laser radar, semiconductor device fabrication and characterization, chirped pulse applications, and ultrafast pulse shaping. Dr. Piracha was a CREOL Student of the Year finalist in 2012, and has won numerous awards including the UCF Innovator Award, the IEEE Outstanding Graduate Award, and a Plaque for Intel’s first continuous wave Silicon Raman Laser.  He has authored or co-authored more than 30 refereed journal and conference publications, 10 invention disclosures, and 4 patents (pending).

 
Publications
2015
A. Van Newkirk, J.E. Antonio-Lopez, G. Salceda-Delgado, M.U. Piracha, R. Amezcua-Correa, A. Schülzgen
"Multicore fiber sensors for simultaneous measurement of force and temperature"
Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE 27 (14), pp.1523-1526
2013
D. Nguyen, M. U. Piracha, M. Bagnell and P. J. Delfyett
"High Power Pulse Generation in Fiber CPA System via Active Feedback Spectral Compensation"
IEEE Photonics Society Meeting
2013
D. Nguyen, M. U. Piracha, M. Bagnell and P. J. Delfyett
"Real-time Spectral Filtering and Interferometric Spectral Phase Compensation in a Feedback Fiberized High Power Chirped Pulse Amplification System"
Frontiers in Optics, OSA, Orlando, FL
2012
Mohammad Umar Piracha
"A Laser Radar Employing Linearly Chirped Pulses From a Mode-Locked Laser For Long Range, Unambiguous, Sub-Millimeter Resolution Ranging And Velocimetry"
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida Orlando
2012
P. J. Delfyett, D. Mandridis, M. Piracha, D. Nguyen,
"Chirped pulse laser sources and applications"
Progress in Quantum Electronics, 36(4–6), pp. 475–540, July–November (INVITED REVIEW PAPER)
2012
S. Shabahang, M. P. Marquez, G. Tao, M. U. Piracha, D. Nguyen, P. J. Delfyett, and A. F. Abouraddy
"Octave-spanning infrared supercontinuum generation in robust chalcogenide nano-tapers using picosecond pulses"
Optics Letters 37, pp. 4639-4641
2012
D. Nguyen, M. U. Piracha, and P. J. Delfyett
"Transform Limited Pulses for Chirped Pulse Amplification Systems Utilizing an Active Feedback Pulse Shaping Technique Enabling Five Times Increase in Peak Power"
Optics Letters, 37(23) pp. 4913-4915, DOI 10.1364/OL.37.004913
2012
Dat Nguyen, Mohammad Umar Piracha, and Peter J. Delfyett
"Transform-limited pulses for chirped-pulse amplification systems utilizing an active feedback pulse shaping technique enabling five time increase in peak power"
Optics Letters 37(23), pp.4913-4915
2011
I. Ozdur, D. Mandridis, M. U. Piracha, M. Akbulut, N. Hoghooghi, and P. J. Delfyett
"Optical frequency stability measurement using an etalon based optoelectronic oscillator"
IEEE Photonics Technical Letters 23(4), pp. 263-265
2011
M. Piracha, D. Nguyen, I. Ozdur, and P. J. Delfyett
"Simultaneous ranging and velocimetry of fast moving targets using oppositely chirped pulses from a mode-locked laser"
Optics Express 19(12), pp.11213-11219
2010
I. Ozdur, M. Akbulut, N. Hoghooghi, D. Mandridis, M.U. Piracha, and P.J. Delfyett
"An Etalon Based Optoelectronic Oscillator"
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO)
2010
I. Ozdur, M.U. Piracha, D. Mandridis, M. Akbulut, N. Hoghooghi, and P.J. Delfyett
"Optical Frequency Stability Measurement based on an Etalon Reference"
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO)
2010
I. Ozdur, M. Akbulut, N. Hoghooghi, D. Mandridis, M.U. Piracha, P.J. Delfyett
"Optoelectronic Loop Design with 1000 Finesse Fabry-Perot Etalon"
Optics Letters 35(6), pp. 799-801
2010
M.U. Piracha, D. Nguyen, D. Mandridis, T. Yilmaz, I. Ozdur, S. Ozharar, P.J. Delfyett
"Range Resolved Lidar for Long Distance Ranging with Sub-Millimeter Resolution"
Optics Express 18(7), pp. 7184-7189
2010
D. Nguyen, U. Piracha, P.J. Delfyett
"Time Domain Parabolic Pulse Creation of Ultrafast Chirped Pulses"
SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing 2010, pp. 7700-7718
2010
D. Nguyen, U. Piracha, P.J. Delfyett
"Time Domain Parabolic Pulse Creation of Ultrafast Chirped Pulses"
SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing 2010, pp. 7700-7718
2009
M. U. Piracha, D. Nguyen, D. Mandridis, I. Ozdur, T. Yilmaz, S. Ozharar, and P. J. Delfyett,
"Range Resolved, High Resolution Lidar using Frequency Chirped Pulses"
LEOS Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings
2009
M. U. Piracha, D. Nguyen, D. Mandridis, I. Ozdur, T. Yilmaz, S. Ozharar, and P. J. Delfyett
"Range Resolved, Sub-Millimeter Resolution Lidar using Temporally Stretched, Frequency Chirped Pulses"
OSA Annual Meeting/ Frontiers in Optics
2009
U. Piracha, D. Nguyen, T. Yilmaz, D. Mandridis, D. Gaudiosi, and P.J. Delfyett
"Sub-millimeter resolution laser ranging at 9.3 kilometers using temporally stretched, frequency chirped pulses from a mode-locked laser"
CLEO, CFU3
2009
U. Piracha, D. Nguyen, T. Yilmaz, D. Mandridis, D. Gaudiosi, P. J. Delfyett
"Sub-millimeter resolution laser ranging at 9.3 kilometers using temporally stretched, frequency chirped pulses from a modelocked laser"
SPIE Security, Defense and Sensing Symposium, Proc. SPIE 7339, 73390I, 7339-16
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