Jungsang Kim Joins ECE Department

June 18, 2004

Jungsang Kim has joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University as the John-Kelly C. Warren Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Kim, who received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University in 1999, comes to Duke from Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where he has worked for five years. An expert in photonics and MEMS, he joins the Fitzpatrick Center and the department.

“Jungsang has great breadth in research -- from photonic devices to systems integration,” said April S. Brown, chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering. “He will complement well our current and incoming faculty in photonics and microsystems. We are very excited about his arrival.”

Kim received his B.S. degree in Physics in1992 from Seoul National University (SNU) in Seoul, Korea. At Stanford, his thesis research was on the topic of “Generation and Detection of Heralded Single Photons.” He pioneered the research in this exciting area, crucial for realization of secure quantum communications. He worked on the experimental realization of the “Single Photon Turnstile Device,” a solid-state photon source capable of generating single photons on demand. He also characterized and demonstrated the performance limits of the “visible light photon counter,” which is capable of high quantum efficiency single-and multi-photon detection.

After graduating from Stanford, he joined Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. When moving to Bell Labs, he decided to move to a different field of research. He started working on Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, and contributed to the team building of the world’s first large-scale all-optical switch using MEMS technology. He helped commercialize Lucent’s LambdaRouter All-Optical Switch, and led a team to develop the world’s largest all-optical switch that features more than 1,000 input and output ports.

In 2002, he decided to make another jump in the research area, and started working on a technology that will help dramatically improve the coverage of wireless networks inside buildings. He led a team of researchers at Bell Labs to develop RadioStar technology, which enables cost-effective coverage enhancement of CDMA network into buildings. The RadioStar technology is going through the feasibility study phase of commercialization. The innovations that enabled RadioStar technology have the potential to dramatically modify the way base transceiver stations for the wireless communication systems are built.