Biography

Mark is currently a PhD student at the University of Southern California studying Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in optical devices. Mark is a member of Dr. Andrea Armani's research group. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Computer Architecture and Controls from USC in May 2010. As an undergraduate, he performed research involving carbon nanotubes at USC with Dr. Steve Cronin. Mark's current research is focused on investigating novel uses for integrated optical waveguide devices. Aside from research, Mark enjoys several other recreational activities, such as snowoarding, disc golf, and playing his guitar.

 

News

May 2015: Mark's paper, "Portable polarimetric fiber stress sensor system for visco-elastic and biomimetic material analysis", was accepted for publication in Applied Physics Letters.

February 2015: Mark presented his research on a fiber-optic based polarimetric stress sensor in a talk titled "Fiber-based polarimeteric stress sensor for measuring the Young's modulus of biomaterials" at SPIE Photonics West BIOS in San Francisco, CA.

November 2014: Mark won an honorable mention award at the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering symposium for his poster entitled "Fiber-based polarimetric stress sensor for measuring the Young's modulus of biomaterials".

May 2014: Samantha Wathugala, a high school student Mark mentored, won fourth place in her category, Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering, at the Intel ISEF science fair. Read more about Samantha's work in the lab and achievements here.

April 2014: Mark's research was included in an invited talk at the International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology in Vail, Colorado. Andrea M. Armani, Simin Mehrabani, Ce Shi, Mark C. Harrison, Rasheeda Hawk, "Studying Biological Systems with Integrated Photonics, ICN+T, Vail, 2014.

February 2014: Mark presented his research on fluorescent waveguide sensors in a talk titled "Utilizing embedded optofluidic sensors for fluorescent detection measurements in space and time" at SPIE Photonics West BIOS in San Francisco, CA.

January 2014: Mark traveled to South Korea with Dr. Armani to visit collaborators working with graphene

May 2013: Mark's publication, "Spatiotemporal Fluorescent Detection Measurements Using Embedded Waveguide Sensors" was accepted for publication in IEEE's Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.

September 2012: Mark's first publication, "Serpentine low loss trapezoidal silica waveguides on silicon", was publishedin Optics Express! Congrats to labmates Xiaomin Zhang and Audrey Harker, who were also authors on the paper.

June 2012: Mark completed a summer course in microfluidics at Brandeis University.

April 2012: Mark will be presenting a poster at USC's Graduate Student Government Poster Symposium entitled "Silica suspended waveguide splitter-based biosensor". Mark was selected (along with labmate Kelvin Kuo) to attend a summer course in microfluidics at Brandeis University.

March 2012: Mark has officially earned is Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from USC!

January 2012: Mark presented his research on biosensors in a talk titled "Silica suspended waveguide splitter-based biosensor" at SPIE Photonics West BIOS in San Francisco, CA.