William Renninger – Associate Professor of Optics and Physics

William Renninger received his B. S. and Ph. D. degrees in Applied Physics from Cornell University. Before joining the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester he was a Postdoctoral Associate and an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Applied Physics at Yale University.


 Arjun Iyer – Graduate Research Associate

Arjun Iyer received his B.Tech. in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He joins Professor Renninger’s group at the Institute of Optics after spending a year as a research associate at the optical communications group at Indian Institute of Technology Madras.  Arjun studies novel optomechanical phenomena.


 Sarat Tirumala – Graduate Research Associate

Sarat Tirumala received his B.S. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He joins Professor Renninger’s group at the Institute of Optics from the Optics and Microfluidics Instrumentation Lab (OMI LAB) at IISc. Sarat’s research focuses on ultrashort pulse nonlinear optics.


 Xue Dong – Graduate Research Associate

Xue Dong received her B.S. from SUNY Binghamton.  She loves to explore natural sciences, to travel and occasionally some video games. She hopes to contribute a little more to the world. With that hope, she joins Professor Renninger’s group. She is currently working on fiber Kerr resonators and ultrafast nonlinear optics.


 Wendao Xu – Graduate Research Associate

Wendao Xu received his B.Eng. in Optoelectronic Information Science and Technology at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. He joined the group for his M.S. program thesis and is continuing on with the group for his PhD degree. Currently, he is investigating optomechanical interactions in novel optical fibers.


 Zhenhua Guo – Graduate Research Associate

Zhenhua Guo is currently a PhD student in the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. He received his B.S of Opto-electronic Information and Science from Tianjin University, China. During his undergraduate study he spent one year as an exchange student at the College of Optical Science, University of Arizona. Zhenhua joined the group as an MS student and is continuing on to the PhD degree.




Victor Bucklew     Then: Postdoctoral Associate     Now: Harris Corporation

Qian Yang  Then: MS Research Assistant    Now: PhD CREOL UCF

Christopher Spiess Then: MS Research Assistant    Now: PhD Fraunhofer IOF

Zhiqiang Wang Then: Postdoctoral Associate     Now:Marie Curie Research Fellow Aston University

Undergraduate researchers: Luke Potter ’20-’21, Gabriel Medina ’21, Stella Kombo ’21, Ganesh Petterson ’21, Liam Young ’19-’20, Garrett Beals ’18-’19, Gebri Mishtaku ’18, Markus Rothacker ’17-’18, Cesar Adrian Cort ’18-’19


Interested students and postdocs are encouraged to email for more information about joining the group.