Prof. Justus C. Ndukaife
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
M.S., Electrical Engineering
B.S. (Ist Class Honors), Electrical Engineering
University of Lagos, Nigeria
Awards & Honors
2022 NSF CAREER Award
2021 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research
2020 Named a Global Rising Star of Light by Nature’s Light Science and Applications journal
2020 Alumni Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Award
2019 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship Award
2019 Vanderbilt Provost Research Studios Award
2018 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Award
2017 The year 2017 Prize in Physics by Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation in recognition of work on “plasmon nano-optical tweezers”
2016 Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering, Purdue University
2016 Elected as Co-chair of 2018 Gordon Research Seminar on Plasmonics and Nanophotonics
2015 Golden Torch Award by National Society of Black Engineers: Named “Graduate Student of the Year”
2015 Best Paper Award at the ASME Society-Wide Micro and Nanotechnology Forum
Chuchuan Hong (Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering) [Fall 2018-present]
BSc. in Electrical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
MSc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle
Research Interests: Bionanophotonics, opto-thermo-electrohydrodynamics tweezers, and optofluidics.
Awards & Honors
2021 Chuchuan Hong: Overall Best Paper Award in Vanderbilt School of Engineering
2021 Chuchuan Hong: C. F. Chen Best Award in Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt
Sen Yang (Ph.D. Student in Interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering) [Fall 2018-present]
Awards & Honors
2020 Sen Yang: 3rdplace prize, VINSE Nanoday presentation for his poster on “particle-assisted trapping in symmetry-breaking quasi-BIC system.
Ikjun Hong (Ph.D. Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering) [Fall 2021- present]
BSc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Seoul, South Korea
MSc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Seoul, South Korea
Research Interests: All-dielectric metasurfaces, Resonant dielectric nanotweezers
Theodore Anyika (Ph.D. Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering) [Fall 2021-present]
BSc (First Class Honors) in Applied Physics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria
Research Interests: nanophotonics and optofluidics for single extracellular vesicles analysis including machine learning approaches.
Guodong Zhu (Ph.D. Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering) [Fall 2021-present]
BSc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC, Chengdu)
MSc. in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University (ZJU, Hangzhou)
Research Interests: multi-physics simulation, nanophotonic devices
Former Lab Members
Yuxi Jiang (MSc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2021)
Yuxi Jiang is now a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland. He joined Vanderbilt University in 2019 after receiving a bachelor’s degree at Jilin University with a major in Physics.
Rayni Jules (Undergraduate Student in Electrical Engineering and Nanoscience)
Rayni Jules is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Microelectronics and Computer Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He has performed research for the lab since Spring 2018 under the SyBBURE program. His research interests are diverse and include integrated nanophotonics, 2D nanomaterials, and neuromorphic engineering. In the future, he plans to attend graduate school or pursue a research position in the industry. He currently has worked in the VINSE cleanroom facilities for over three years and is the leader of a dance troupe.
Paolo Dumancas (Undergraduate Student in Electrical Engineering)
Paolo Dumancas is a junior studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics. He is an undergraduate researcher for the Spring 2019 semester, having been drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of the research area. His current interests include microfluidic systems, nanophotonics, and mechatronics and their applications to assistive technology and distributed energy resources. Additionally, as both an aspiring engineer and jazz musician, he is interested in the broad intersection of music and engineering technologies. He is also a Design Studio Mentor for the engineering school and an active member of the Vanderbilt Formula Electric Motorsports Team.
Yesol Choi (rotation Ph.D. Student in Interdisciplinary Materials Science)
Patrick Mudge (Undergraduate Student in Electrical Engineering)
Irfan Sabri Bin Mohd Sabri (Undergraduate Student in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Computer Science)