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Vien Van

Professor, Director of Electrical Engineering


Electrical and Computer Engineering

About Me

Dr. Van received a BASc degree in engineering physics from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Van was the recipient of the NSERC Doctoral Prize in 2001. From 2000 to 2001, he was a research associate with the Laboratory for Physical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park. After a brief period working in industry, he joined the University of Alberta in 2005 and is currently a Professor and Director (Electrical Engineering) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Dr. Van’s research interests include the design, simulation and fabrication of micro and nanophotonic devices and their applications in fibre optics communication, optical signal processing and optical sensing.

Current research

  • Silicon photonics
  • Nonlinear integrated optics
  • Nanoplasmonics