PhD Student Kaylx Jang Receives Award for the Synopsys’ 2021 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition

September 01, 2021

We are pleased to announce that EE PhD student, Kaylx Jang has received one of Synopsys’ 2021 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Awards. Their annual competition celebrates exceptional optical design research projects by college students in North America who use Synopsys’ optical software solutions. The competition is open to students working toward a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree.

Kaylx Jang is a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering at Columbia University studying photonics in Professor Keren Bergman’s group. Jang received an award for his project titled, “40-Wavelength, High-Density, Low Loss, C-band Demultiplexer.” He used the PIC Design Suite to design a dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) receiver system for data communications.

“This project and software were integral in building a strong intellectual foundation for my research,” said Jang. “I am grateful for the support of my professor Alex Meng and fellow classmates. I appreciate that Synopsys is hosting this competition and awarding students for their efforts.”


This year, students from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Columbia University, the University of Arizona, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Rochester received awards for their submissions.

“We appreciate the time and dedication the students participating in this year’s competition put into their studies,” said Stuart David, vice president of Synopsys Optical Solutions. “We had a record number of entries from many schools across North America, and the bar was set high. I congratulate the 2021 award winners, and sincerely thank each student who shared their hard work with us.”

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