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AIM Photonics Academy at MIT

AIM Photonics Academy is a research institute at MIT where I’m currently working with a multidisciplinary team to build education simulations.

 

AIM Photonics Academy at MIT

I'm currently working with a multidisciplinary team at a research institute, AIM Photonics Academy, based at MIT. The Academy is the education wing of a larger organization, The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, which itself is part of an initiative called Manufacturing USA. The purpose of this initiative is to accelerate the development of advanced manufacturing in the US for several key technologies (including photonic integrated circuits). This is accomplished by providing education and aid to existing companies and professionals as well as training the next generation of scientists and researchers who will be entering these fields.

My team is concerned with the latter. We're designing educational materials, primarily intended for undergraduate students, to introduce the fundamental concepts of integrated photonics.

My role as the lead engineer for the team has been building a library of simulations in Unity called the Virtual Lab. These simulations each illustrate different components used in photonic integrated circuits. Users adjust different aspects of each component and see the result it has on the behavior of the light waves and the overall effectiveness of the circuit.

 
 Attendees playtesting the Virtual Lab at AIM Summer Academy, a week long conference held by AIM on MIT's campus.

Attendees playtesting the Virtual Lab at AIM Summer Academy, a week long conference held by AIM on MIT's campus.