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.

My Current and Future Collaborators 

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

Ph.D. Students (at CSU)

Zahra Ghanaatian Jobzari (Ph.D. SP 2023 – present)

Zahra received her B.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from Shiraz University, Iran in 2018. She is currently an MS student majoring in Telecommunication Engineering at Polytechnique University of Milan, Italy, and doing her thesis research at Colorado State University. Her research interests include silicon photonics, optical communications, and wireless communications. Cooking, hiking, and playing Santoor are some of her favorite activities.

Mohammad Amin Mahdian (Ph.D. FA 2022 – present)

Mohammad Amin received his M.Sc. degree from Kashan University, Iran, in Electronics Engineering in 2018. His research interests are integrated photonics and terahertz systems. In addition to integrated photonics, he enjoys swimming, biking, and cooking.

Rashadul Kabir (Ph.D. FA 2021 – present)

Rashadul received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from American Intl. University –Bangladesh in 2011, and MS in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York at New Paltz in 2014. From September 2015 to July 2021, he worked as a lecturer and later as an assistant professor at Presidency University, Bangladesh. His research interests include High-Performance Computing, Silicon Photonics, and Machine Learning. During his free time, he likes to spend time with his family or play guitar.

Amin Shafiee (Ph.D. SP 2021 – present)

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 – present)

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 – present)
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 – present)
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!

Ph.D. Students (outside CSU)

Sanmitra Banerjee (Ph.D. SP 2020 – SUM 2022)
Co-supervised with Prof. Chakrabarty at Duke University (now at Arizona State University). 

M.Sc. Students


Ahmed Mohammad (FA 2022 – )

Ahmed has completed his BSc degree in Computer Engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins in 2022. His research interest is on Silicon Photonics Biosensors. He is also interested in Machine learning and Coding. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, playing video games and watching sports.

Undergraduate Students


Joseph Thompson (SUM 2022 – )

Ryan Gloekler (SP 2021 – )

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.


  • August 2021: ECSyD Lab welcomes a new Ph.D. student, Rashad!
  • 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:

Lekha Rane (M.Sc. FA 2019 – SUM 2021). Project: Automated and In-Package Testing of Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuits. First Position: Silicon Design Engineer at AMD!
Siddhi Sawant (M.Sc. FA 2019 – SUM 2021). Project: Automated Analysis of Fabrication-Process Variations in Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuits. First Position: SoC Design Engineer at Intel!
Shruti Parab (M.Sc. FA 2019 – FA 2020). Project: Photonics Neural Networks. First postion: Firmware Engineer at Seagate Technology, CO, USA!
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: SoC Design Engineer at Intel, TX, USA!
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)

Peter Walsh (FA 2019 – FA 2020)
Bronson Wong (FA 2019 – FA 2020)
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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