Alumni - MAPNET 2012-2014 - Third Edition

Simon Rommel obtained his B.Sc. degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2011 and in 2014 obtained a double M.Sc. degree in Photonic Networks Engineering from Aston University, Birmingham, UK and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. degree at the Technical Universiy of Denmark, where his research is focused on photonic-wireless integration and mm-wave technologies. His research interests include the fields of fiber-optic and wireless communications and the associated digital signal processing.
Kseniia Goroshko joined MAPNET programme at Aston University and Technical University Berlin after doing her Bachelors in fundamental photonics at NRU IFMO in St. Petersburg, Russia. She did her Master thesis at Fraunhofer HHI in the area of Visible Light Communication and is currently pursuing a Doctors Degree at VPI photonics GmbH and Technical University Berlin working on fiber nonlinearities mitigation. Kseniia was a Group Representative and a Vice President of Aston Postgraduate Research Society in 2012/13 and a Programme Representative in 2015/16.
Mohammad Al-Khateeb obtained his B.Sc. degree in Communication and Software Engineering from Al-Balqa' Applied University in 2011. Then he peruse his Erasmus Mundus double Master degree in Photonics Networks Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and Aston University. His Master’s degree was obtained in collaboration with Technical University Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Klaus Petermann with the title of "High Dimensional Modulation Formats in Fiber-Optic Mode-Division Multiplexed Transmission Systems". Mohammad is currently working towards Doctor Degree at Aston University under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Ellis, and Mohammad's interests is working to expand the capacity of optical transmission systems through nonlinearity compensation in the electronic domain (DSP) and in the optical domain (OPC).
Rajib Ahmed received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Dhaka (Bangladesh) in 2012. He also received Erasmus Mundus master's degrees in Photonic NETworks engineering (MAPNET) from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy), Aston University  (UK), and Technische Universität Berlin (Germany) in Sept. 2014. He is currently pursuing PhD degree on Nanofabrication at University of Birmingham, UK. His research interests are Nanofabrication, optical device modeling and implementation. 
Manuel Mendez Astudillo received his B.Sc. degree in 2012 from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico in Electrical Engineering. Then, in 2014 he obtained a double M.Sc. degree in Photonic Networks Engineering after following the mobility path Aston University, Osaka University and finishing his Master Thesis at the Technical University Berlin. Since 2014, he is working towards a Ph.D. degree at Waseda University, Japan on silicon photonics for bio-sensing applcations. His research interests include silicon photonics and photonic sensors.
Ashish Ranjan completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science & Engineering) from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India. Subsequently, as part of MAPNET obtained Master of Engineering from Osaka University, Japan and M.Sc. in Photonic Networks from Aston University, U.K. he completed his internship at Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan. The project during his internship involved performance evaluation of uncooled DML with DMT high capacity transmission. He completes his Master thesis at VPIphotonics GmbH, Berlin & Technische Universität Berlin.
Md Asif Iqbal has completed B.Sc. in Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering (EECE) from Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Bangladesh in 2010. He joined in Erasmus Mundus master program "MAPNET" in 2012 and obtained Master degree in Photonic Networks Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and Aston University in 2014. He did Master thesis at Technical University of Berlin (TUB) on the topic "Nonlinear effects in fiber-optic mode-division multiplexed transmission systems with group-delay management". He is currently a PhD student, working as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the EU Marie Curie Project "ICONE" since December 2014 at Aston University. His current research topic is "Advanced Raman amplification and ultra-long fiber lasers for coherent optical communications".