Alumni - MAPNET 2010-2012 - First Edition

Feihong Ye received his Bachelor degree from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, in 2005. He received his MSc degree in IC Design Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, in 2010, and double degrees (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy & Osaka University, Japan) from Erasmus Mundus program in MAsters on Photonic NETworks engineering (MAPNET), in 2012. He is currently working towards his PhD degree on space-division multiplexing for ultrahigh-capacity photonic transport beyond Pbit/s in High-Speed Optical Communications Group, Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark.
Ashenafi Kiros Medhin has received his Bsc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Mekelle Institute of Technology, Tigray, Ethiopia in 2009. In 2012, he has awarded a double Msc. degree from Scuola Superiore Sant'anna, Pisa, Italy and Aston university of Birmingham, UK titled as Maser on Photonics Networks Engineering (MAPNET). Currently, he is a Ph. D candidate at Denmark Technical University and his research focus is OTDM networking for short range high-capacity highly dynamic network.
I am Hum Nath Parajuli from Nepal. I had joined MAPNET program in 2010. I choose the mobility path SSSUP-OSAKA-TUB. I got the great chance of gaining knowledge in the field of optical communication in SSSUP. In OSAKA I worked in the project 'digital singnal processing for optical communication 'and attended internship in Mitsubishi Electric. Due to my 3rd semester experience I got the chance to complete my Master Thesis in 'VPI Systems Berlin'. Now I am working in quantum security field. As a whole the MAPNET program has been well designed to produce the good researchers in the exciting optical communication field. I met many friends from different part of world. It was my great experience as a whole. I am very greatfull being part of it, it showed me the 'shining path' toward my future.
Ajit Jha received his B.Sc in Engineering (Electronics and Communication) from Khulna University (Bangladesh) in 2008. From 2008 to 2009 he worked as Asst. Lecturer at Eastern college of Engineering, Nepal. Later he moved to Nepal Telecom to work as a Telecom Engineer. In 2010, he was awarded Erasmus Mundus (funded by EU) scholarship to study Masters in Photonic Networks (MAPNET) from joint consortium of Aston University (UK), Scoula Superiore Sant Anna (Italy), Technical University of Berlin (Germany) and Osaka University (Japan) and graduated in 2012. He worked at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) at Berlin where he worked on power line standard based visible light communication and Indoor positioning system. Since 2013, he is working at Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6), Technical University of Catalunya on Self Mixing Interferometry (SMI) based Photonic Sensors. His research interests photonics; photonics networks, photonic sensors for vibration, displacement measurements.
Muhammad Imran, a national of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, received his B.Sc. Electrical Engineering in 2003 from University of Engineering & Technology Taxila, Pakistan. From 2004 to 2010, he served in Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) as Senior Engineer in Optical Fiber Networks. In 2010, he was selected for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for Masters on Photonic Network Engineering (MAPNET) and received his double degrees from Aston University UK and Scoula Superiore Sant’Anna Italy in 2012. Currently, he is pursuing industrial PhD research in collaboration with Telecom Italia and Scoula Superiore Sant’Anna Italy. His research is focused on Ultra wide-band Flexible Transport Networks. MAPNET was a wonderful life time experience both from academic and social perspective and he is grateful to Erasmus for providing this opportunity.
Neelakandan Manihatty Bojan received his Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from SNS College of Technology (Coimbatore, India) in 2009. He graduated from his Erasmus Mundus Masters in Photonic Networks Engineering in 2012 from Aston University (Birmingham, UK) and Scuola Superiore Sant Anna (Pisa, Italy). He is currently employed as a Research Assistant in the Systems Research Group, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. His interests are in areas overlapping electronics, photonics and computer science. I am currently working towards exploiting optical interconnect networks for high bandwidth, low latency, energy efficient Datacenters. I am also dev-team member of NetFPGA, an open source hardware platform for prototyping high speed networks.
I am Weiming Yao and I received my B.Sc. from Technische Universität Berlin (Germany) in Electrical Engineering in 2010. I graduated from the Erasmus Mundus Masters on Photonic Networks Engineering in 2012 from Aston University (Birmingham, UK) and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa, Italy). The Master's thesis was conducted at Osaka University and focused on modulation format conversion in optical transport systems. I am currently employed by Eindhoven University of Technology as a doctoral student where I am working on integrated high capacity multichannel optical transceivers for telecom and datacom applications. I had a great time during the MAPNET programme where I met many friends from all over the world and experienced life in many different places. It prepared me well for the work after the masters and I can highly recommend this programme.
Norrakith Srisumrith is originally from Thailand. He received his B.Eng. (first-class honor) in Computer Engineering with scholarship from Mahanakorn University of Technology in 2008, Thailand; in the meantime, also graduated B.A. in Mass Communication, Ramkamhaeng University. He used to work as research assistant in embedded system for several prototypes and had IT experience in network infrastructure and software development, private and public sectors. In 2010, he was fully awarded Erasmus Mundus's scholarship to study MAsters on Photonic NETworks engineering (MAPNET) for double degrees from Scuola Superiore Sant'anna - Pisa, Italy and Aston university - Birmingham, UK. He got an opportunity to fulfil his master thesis research at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), TU-Berlin, that carried out the power fluctuations in spliced MIMO MDM MMF systems. After graduation, he now thrives on challenges to do R&D of the software programming, system integration solution, and product development upon an enterprise SaaS, IaaS, and high-capacity datacenter.