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Mengjie Yu

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WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • 2018, Doctoral Degree, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
  • 2012, Bachelor's Degree, Optical Engineering, Zhejiang University


Mengjie Yu received her B.A. in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2012, and Ph.D. degree in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2018 from Cornell University. She held research staff associate position in the Department of Applied Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University from 2015-2018. Before joining USC, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

She serves as associate editor for NPJ Nanophotonics, guest editors for JOSAB, Nanomaterials, Photonics Research and Optical Material Express, on the Early Career Editorial Advisory Board for APL Photonics and Advanced Photonics. She is the committee chair of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Micro and Nano Photonics Devices and Photonics North, committee member of Advanced Photonics Congress, Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) conference, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), IPR and ACP conferences. She is the 2020 the Optica (formerly OSA) Ambassador, the Caltech 2019 Young Investigator Lecturer and the Rising Star Women in Engineering in the Asian Deans Forum 2019. She served as chair of the OSA Integrated Photonics Technical Group from 2019 - 2021. She was a recipient of DARPA Young Investigator Award in 2023, Powell Faculty Research Award in 2022, Maiman Award and Emil Wolf Award in 2016.

Research Summary

Dr. Yu's research group of “Nanoscale Nonlinear and Quantum Photonics Lab” works on advancing the fundamental understanding of nonlinear sciences at nanoscale, as well as realize next-generation optoelectronic circuits for optical communication, computing, sensing, ranging and metrology. Her current research interests include nonlinear physics, optical frequency comb, mid-infrared spectroscopy, coherent photonic computing, and quantum photonics, enabled by advanced nanofabrication of low-loss photonic structures based on silicon, silicon nitride, and lithium niobate.

Keywords: nanophotonics, nonlinear optics, quantum photonics, optoelectronics


  • 2023 DARPA DARPA Young Investigator Award (YFA)
  • 2020 Optica (formerly OSA) Ambassador
  • 2019 CalTech Young Investigator Lecturer
  • 2019 The Rising stars, Women in Engineering Workshop
  • 2016 Maiman Competition (CLEO), Emil Wolf Competition (FiO)
  • 2012 Cornell Fellowship
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Electrophysics

  • PHE 612
  • Charles Lee Powell Hall
  • 3737 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Contact Information
  • mengjiey@usc.edu


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