Seyed Amir Ghetmiri has joined the Chemistry and Physics Department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as an assistant professor of physics and mathematics. Ghetmiri served as a postdoctoral researcher at UAPB in 2017 and participated in scientific projects from Army Research Lab, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NASA and NSF.

He conducted research in semiconductor materials and devices, including lasers, photodetectors and LEDs, according to a university news release.

“His expertise in material and optical characterization of group IV semiconductors (silicon, germanium, tin and their alloys) resulted in publication of more than 25 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious journals as well as numerous conference presentations,” the news release said.

“In 2017, he built a unique setup at UAPB called integrated photonic testing, which has enabled him to start performing research on integrated photonic passive and active devices, such as waveguides, interferometers, modulators, high-speed photodetectors and on-chip lasers. The setup is capable of measuring radio frequency signals for telecommunication and microwave photonic applications.”

Ghetmiri also performs numerical simulation on photonic components using MATLAB and other software.

In addition, Ghetmiri serves as a mentor for undergrad and grad students in physics and computer science for their research projects. The results of students’ research activities under Ghetmiri’s supervision were presented at an NSF Annual conference and Arkansas Space Grant Consortium in 2017.

Ghetmiri plans to write proposals and hire motivated and interested students who are willing to participate in research fields related to lasers detectors, and solar cells for photonic and optoelectronic applications.

Ghetmiri received his Ph.D. in microelectronics-photonics at the University of Arkansas. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics and master’s degree in photonics.