Yating Wan obtained her Bachelor of Science in 2012 with a specialization in optics at Zhejiang University in China (GPA: 3.97/4.0), and received her Ph.D. (2017) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology(GPA: 3.94/4.0), under the the supervision of Prof. Kei May Lau and Prof. John Bowers.
She was selected as the winner of the School of Engineering PhD Research Excellence Award 2016-17, one of the best two among many nominations received from all Engineering Departments in HKUST, for her pioneering work in integration of long wavelength quantum dot micro-lasers on silicon substrates. She has published 19 (9 as first author) high quality peer-reviewed journal papers. She has presented her research work 22 times at peer-reviewed international conferences (6 as first author). As first author, she has two cover journal (Optica and Applied Physics Letter), two invited talk(CLEO and PIERS), one postdeadline conference paper (CLEO). (Google Scholar Citations: 247, h-index: 9)
She is now a Postdoctoral fellow at of University of California, Santa Barbara in Prof. John Bowers' group, to develop quantum dot lasers for low threshold and high efficiency, photodetectors, modulators and photonic integrated circuits.
Her feature story was reported by a biannual online PG Newsletter in HKUST.