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MSE Seminar: Industrial Photonic Sensing & Nano-Enabled Power

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 11:00am to Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 11:45am
Online via Zoom
Event Details: 

The Materials Science and Engineering Department at OSU-Tulsa invites you to join us virtually for the Fall 2020 MSE Video Seminar Series:

Industrial Photonic Sensing & Nano-Enabled Power by Loucas Tsakalakos, Ph.D

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Meeting ID: 978 9827 9970
Passcode: MSEFall20


This presentation will describe GE’s view on the state of the art in the field of sensing systems, particularly as relates to photonicbased sensing, and the future directions of the field. It will also tie this work to the broader view of industrial sensing in the context of industrial IoT. An overview of GE’s history in photonics technologies will first be given, along with current research activities in the space. A discussion on the philosophy of Sensing Systems and their impact on key performance parameters at the system level will be elucidated. Examples of developments at the component level will then be provide, 
followed by application examples. Specific applications that will be discussed include the development of drone-based sensing systems, and the development of distributed optical sensing systems that leverage Si photonics technologies for improved SWaP and cost along with the ability to integrate multiple parameters in a compact system.
The presentation will also provide an overview in advanced nanotechnology concepts for photovoltaics, which are of relevance not only to sensing systems, but also to broader power generation applications.


Loucas Tsakalakos is the Director of the Quantum Technology Mission at the General Electric – Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York, USA,
and is also the Business Program Manager in the Energy Sector for O&G and in the Transportation/Locomotive sector. He received his BS degree (1995) in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University, and his MS (1998) and PhD (2000) degrees in Materials Science & Engineering (with minors in Solid State Physics and Microelectromechanical Systems) from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined GE in 2000, where he has led programs in advanced sensor systems, nanotechnology, next generation solar technologies, and worked within GE Energy to develop solar energy products, leading a product engineering team. Prior to his current role Tsakalakos was the Manager of the Photonics Lab (2012–2017), where he led a team of 20 Ph.D. and M.S. level scientists and engineers developing advanced photonics technologies for data communications, sensing, and novel photonics applications. In his current role as Business Program Manager he oversees the R&D portfolio at GE Research for the Energy-O&G and Transportation sectors, working with strategic partners in these spaces. He also oversees technology strategy and development in advanced Quanutm technologies, Sensors, and Photonics & Optics for GE applications, and also co-leads an internal Sensor Synergy Council. From 2017-2018 he was the CTO of an internal Sensor Solutions startup business, which commercialized chemical sensing technologies. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi (The National Engineering Honor Society) and holds 18 U.S. patents.