Dr. Igal Brener is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories (since 2004) and Nanophotonics Thrust leader for the DOE Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). He holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering (1983), B.A. in Physics (1983), and a D.Sc. degree in Physics (1991), all from the Technion. He worked at Amersham Biosciences/GE Healthcare (2002-2004), in several cell-based and DNA biophotonics projects. From 2000 until 2002 he was with Tellium, Inc. where he worked in optical MEMS switching. From 1991 until 2000 he worked at Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill and Holmdel, NJ) in the Optical Physics Research Department, performing research in ultrafast lasers and spectroscopy of semiconductors, Terahertz phenomena, fiber optical communication, nonlinear lithium-niobate waveguide devices, gallium-nitride lasers and semiconductor heterostructures. During that period, he also advised a number of Ph.D. and master students from NJIT, Stanford, Technion, etc. and served on the advisory board of other startups. Before his research career, he worked as a VLSI engineer at National Semiconductor in their first 32-bit microprocessor development team. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, holds 14 patents and has over 90 refereed publications and a similar number of conference presentations. His main current projects are in the area of Plasmonics and Metamaterials, Solid State Lighting (nitride heterostructures) and Nanophotonics in general.
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