Welcome to the Electronic–PhotoniC Systems Design (ECSyD) Laboratory!

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Members (ECSyD Family!)

Principal Investigator

Dr. Mahdi Nikdast received his Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2013. He is currently as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Colorado State University (CSU). Dr. Nikdast is the director of the Electronic–PhotoniC System Design (ECSyD) Laboratory Lab. at CSU. His research interests focus on the design and development of emerging computing and embedded systems employing emerging technologies for high-performance computing systems and applications.


I am delighted to work with an amazing team of graduate and undergraduate students: 

Ph.D. Students

Swarada Kulkarni (Ph.D. SP 2021 – , Project: TBC)

Swarada has completed her bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at Savitribai Phule Pune University, India in 2018, and her Masters’ in Electrical Engineering at University of Texas in 2020. Her research interests are in the fields of Machine Learning, Controls and Image Processing. Apart from academics, her interests are painting, reading novels, cooking and exploring music.

Amin Shafiee (Ph.D. SP 2021 – , Project: TBC)

Amin has completed his BSc degree in Electronics Engineering at Shiraz University, Iran in 2018, and his MS in Integrated Electronics and Optoelectronics at Polytechnique University of Turin (Politecnico di Torino), Italy in 2020. His research interests include Silicon Photonics, Photonic devices, and Photodetectors. Putting academic aside, he enjoys playing violin and reading publications on Quantum physics.

Ebadollah Taheri (Ph.D. FA 2019 – , Project: Neuromorphic Computing)

Ebad received his M.Sc. degree from Iran University of Science and Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering in 2016. After that, he continued his research with Adaptive and Secure Computing Systems (ASCS) Laboratory, Boston University as a research affiliate. His research interests are in the field of Reliable and High-Performance Computing Systems with a focus on  Interconnection Networks. In addition to his research,  he enjoys running and playing violin.

Asif Mirza (Ph.D. SP 2019- , Project: Cross-Layer Design for Systems Integrating Silicon Photonics)
Co-supervise with Dr. Pasricha

Mirza received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering from Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology, India, and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. His interests are in Embedded Systems, Computer Architectures, Emerging Photonic Technologies, and Machine Learning. His hobbies include photography, hiking, and enjoying different food cuisines.
Febin Sunny (Ph.D. SP 2019- , Project: Cross-Layer Design for Systems Integrating Silicon Photonics)
Co-supervise with Dr. Pasricha

Febin received his Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering, from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. Areas of study which interest him include Embedded Systems, Many Core System Architectures, and Photonic NoC Architectures. He loves hiking, cooking, Rock and Metal and gaming. 
This could be you: we are currently looking for motivated students with a B.Sc./M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Integrated Photonics. Please read the information on this page and follow the instructions before sending an email to Prof. Nikdast!

M.Sc. Students

YiCheng Liu (M.Sc. SP 2021-, Project: Automated Placement and Routing in Integrated Photonic Circuits)

YiCheng received his Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering from National Taipei University, Taiwan. He is working on his Master’s degree in Computer Engineering at CSU, and his research interests are silicon photonics, VLSI design, and circuit design. In his leisure time, he likes to play the piano, read novels and cook.

Siddhi Sawant (M.Sc. FA 2019-, Project: Fabrication Process Variations in Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuits) – Interning at Intel

Siddhi completed her BSc in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Mumbai. Her research interests include ASIC design and verification, digital system design and silicon photonics. Apart from her academics, she likes to swim and dance!

Lekha Rane (M.Sc. FA 2019-, Project: Automated and In Package Testing of Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuits)

Lekha received her BSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Mumbai University, India. Her research interests are silicon photonics, digital system design, and VLSI design. She worked with the CSU ROBOCUP Lab as a PCB Designer/Support Engineer. She likes to cook, hike and star gaze on her personal time!

Yash Chopra (M.Sc. SP 2018- , Project: Computer Vision, Deep Learning) – Interning at Intel

Yash completed his B.Engg in Electronics and Telecommunications from University of Mumbai, India. His research interests include low-power embedded system design, Internet of Things (IoT), High performance Computing, Computer architecture and Machine Learning. Apart from his research, his interests include gaming, cooking and literature.

Undergraduate Students

Peter Walsh (FA 2019 – )

Ryan Gloekler (SP 2021 – )

Bronson Wong (FA 2019 – )

High School Students (Capstone Project)

Noah Mulvaney (High School Student FA 2018- SP 2019, Capstone Project: Sensing, Deep Learning) 

Noah is a high school student in Broomfield who is doing his capstone project in ECSyD Lab. Noah particularly loves studying mathematics, physics, and computer science. He also loves hiking and being outside with his four siblings and parents.


  • March 2021: ECSyD Lab received research funding from NSF to optimize scalability and reconfigurability in optical switches based on silicon photonics. Thank you NSF!
  • January 2021: ECSyD Lab welcomes four new members: Swarada and Amin (Ph.D. students), YiCheng (MS student), and Ryan (undergraduate student).
  • June 2020: ECSyD Lab received research funding from NSF to study and optimize silicon photonic integrated circuits under fabrication process variations. Thank you NSF!
  • Spring 2020: ECSyD welcomes 5 new undergraduate research students: Calvin, Peter, Andy, Zach, and Chris!
  • Fall 2019: ECSyD welcomes Aly, Eric, and Gi (Senior Design Team)!
  • August 2019: ECSyD welcomes two new Ph.D. students, Shadi and Ebad!
  • August 2019: ECSyD welcomes three new MS students, Siddhi, Shruti, and Lekha!
  • April 2019: Congratulations to Mihir and Yash for receiving the “People’s Choice Award – First Place” at CSU Demo Day! (Press)
  • March 2019: Mirza, Febin, and Shadi have been awarded A. Richard Newton Young Student Fellowship at IEEE/ACM DAC! Congratulations!
  • February 2019: ECSyD Lab received equipment support (high-end GPU) from NVIDIA. Thank you NVIDIA!
  • January 2019: Mirza, Febin, and Nick joined ECSyD! Welcome!
  • June 2018: ECSyD Lab received research funding from NSF to improve energy-efficiency and reliability in terascale data centers employing silicon photonics. Thank you NSF!
  • May 2018: Aniruddha joined ECSyD. Welcome!
  • May 2018: Mihir joined ECSyD. Welcome!

Research Sponsors:

Past Members:

Shruti Parab (M.Sc. FA 2019 – FA 2020). Project: Photonics Neural Networks. First postion: TBC!
Mohadeseh (Shadi) Manafi Avari (Visiting Ph.D. Student, FA 2019 – SP 2020. Project: Intelligent Resource Management in Optically Interconnected Exascale Computing Systems. Current position: Ph.D. student in CS department at CSU!
Aniruddha Vyawahare (M.Sc. FA 2018 – SP 2020). Project: Electronic-Photonic Co-Design and Cosimulation. First position: TBC!
Mihir Pakhale (M.Sc. Project, SP 2018 – SUM 2019). Project: Eye of Horus (EoH): A Real-Time Surveillance System to Protect Citizens. First position: Firmware Engineer at Seagate Tech., CO, USA!
Sakshi Bhatnagar (M.Sc. Thesis, FA 2017 – SP 2019). Thesis: Performance Assessment of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Interconnects Using Advanced Polynomial Chaos Schemes. Publications: [C27]. First position: Software Engineer at Productiv, Palo Alto, CA!

Undergraduate Students (SDP: Senior Design Project)

Calvin Tai (FA 2019 – SP 2020)
Nick Daly (SP 2019 – SP 2020)
Chris Fueg (SP 2020)
Andy Worcester (SP 2020)
Zach Burpoe (SP 2020)
Eric Lyu (FA 2019 – SP 2020), SDP
Gi Hong (FA 2019 – SP 2020) , SDP
Aly Ammar (FA 2019 – SP 2020), SDP


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