About the Speaker
Dr. Vijaysekhar Jayaraman received the BS/MS degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985, and the PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1994. His doctoral dissertation at UCSB produced the first widely tunable sampled grating distributed bragg reflector (SGDBR) lasers, which have since been commercialized, with many devices deployed worldwide in wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) fiber optic communication systems. In 2001, Dr. Jayaraman founded Praevium Research, where he currently serves as CTO, Board Chairman, and Principal Investigator on many of the company’s R&D efforts. Since 2011, Dr. Jayaraman’s primary focus has been on developing widely tunable microelectromechanical systems vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (MEMS-VCSELs) from 800nm-3300nm. These devices have produced some of the widest tuning ranges and fastest tuning speeds of any monolithic semiconductor lasers in this wavelength range and are currently used in clinical medical imaging systems.