Mahmoud S. Rasras

Mahmoud S. Rasras


Dr. Mahmoud Rasras is an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at Masdar Institute of Science and technology. Prior to joining Masdar Institute, he was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, NJ, USA. He was working on the design of photonic components for next generation optical and microwave networks. His research spanned a wide range of activities including: silicon photonics, opto-electronics, transceivers, photonic sensors, ultra-narrow band optical filters, and all-optical logic technology for high-speed optical data encryption. He also developed a novel linearized optical FM discriminator for microwave photonics applications.

Dr. Rasras received a PhD degree in physics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium,  where he conducted his research at IMEC (Interuniversity Microelectronics Center). His thesis was focused on developing a spectroscopic photon emission microscopy technique to study  the reliability of VLSI semiconductor devices.

He authored and co-authored more than 75 journal and conference papers and holds 29 issued patents. He is also a Senior IEEE Member and an Associate Editor for Optics Express.

Advisor to Current Masdar Institute Students

  • Osama AL Mrayat   
  • Shaikha Omran  Al Shamsi   
  • Solomon Serunjogi (PhD)
  • Ghada Dushaq
  • Bahawal Haq
  • Zakriya Mohamed

Research Engineers

  • Tadesse Mulugeta




  • Ultra-Compact Lab-on-Chip CMOS Photonics Sensor (PI: ACE4S, ATIC-SRC Centre)
  •  IMU-Opto-mechanical 9-DOF Inertial Measurement Units (PI: GF Masdar Institute/IME Twinlab)
  • Silicon Modulator for Optical Data Links (Co-PI: Twin-Lab Masdar Institute-TU Dresden ATIC)
  • Hybrid GaN/CMOS-NEMS Spectrum Analyzer with Application on Oil/Oil Spill Detection (Co-PI: SRC MEES III)
  • Full Spectrum Solar Energy Water Splitting for Storable Fuel Generation (Co-PI: Masdar Institute-MIT Flagship Project)

Recent Publications

  • T. Mulugeta and M. S. Rasras, “Silicon Hybrid (De)multiplexer Enabling Simultaneous Mode and Wavelength-Division Multiplexing,” Optics Express, Vol. 23, 2, pp. 943-949, 2015.
  • S. Serunjogi and M. S. Rasras, “Linearized Optical Discriminator,” IEEE Journal of Light Wave Tech., Vol. 33, 2, pp. 386-390, 2015.
  • M. S. Rasras, Y.K. Chen, Kun-Yii, M. P. Earnshaw, F. Pardo, M. A. Cappuzzo, E. Y. Chen, L. T. Gomez, F. Klemens, R. Keller, C. Bolle, L. Buhl, J. M. Wyrwas, M. C. Wu, R. Peach, C. Middleton, and R. DeSalvo, “A reconfigurable Linear Optical FM Discriminator,” IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. vol. 24, 20, page(s): 1856 – 1859. Oct. 15, 2012.

Recent patents

  • M. P. Earnshaw and M. S. Rasras, “Low-cost fast variable optical attenuator for optical wavelength tracking,” United States patent No 8,634,691, January 21, 2014.
  • D. M. Gill and M. S. Rasras, “Nested Mach-Zehnder modulator,” United States patent No 8,643,929, February 4, 2014.
  • M. S. Rasras, “A Bandwidth Adjustable Bandpass Filter,” United States patent No 8,699,834, April 15, 2014.