Guifang Li

Professor of Optics & Photonics, Physics, ECE

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Guifang Li received his Ph.D. degree from The University of Wisconsin at Madison and is Professor of Optics and Electrical & Computer Engineering at UCF. He was the director of the NSF IGERT program in Optical Communications and Networking at UCF. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator award. Dr. Li is a Fellow of IEEE, the Optical Society of America, SPIE and the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Li is the Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Optics and Photonics.

His research interests include optical communication and networking, RF photonics and all-optical signal processing. He has collaborated widely with academic institutions and industry. 


  • IEEE Photonics Society Fellow
  • Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow
  • International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Fellow
  • 2015 National Academy of Inventors Fellow
  • 2014 IEEE IPS Distinguished Lecturer Award
  • 2006 Presidential Major Research Equipment Award

Research Group

High-capacity optical communication through linear and nonlinear channels including free space and optical fiber using synergy of advanced optical and electronic techniques.

Dr. He Wen

Dr. Minghua Cao

Dhruvkumar Desai
Optics Ph.D.

Alireza Fardoost
Optics Ph.D.

Shengli Fan
Optics Ph.D.

 Fatemeh Ghaedi Vanani
Optics Ph.D.

Rachel Sampson
Optics Ph.D.

Seth Smith-Dryden
Optics Ph.D.

Ning Wang
Optics Ph.D.

Yuanhang Zhang
Optics Ph.D.

Shree Thapa
Optics Ph.D.