Principal Investigator


Dr. Judson Ryckman

Dr. Ryckman joined Clemson faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Fall of 2016.  Prior to joining Clemson, Dr. Ryckman worked at Intel Corporation as a Research Scientist in Intel's Silicon Photonics division, where he lead passives component development and 300 mm wafer-scale integration.

Dr. Ryckman’s research interests lie in the development and application of photonic platforms to solve problems in areas of sensing, biomedicine, food-safety, and computing/communications. Some specific topics of study include: integrated optical devices and passives, visible/IR wavelength integrated optics and sensors, photonic nanocavities, novel nano-fabrication techniques, spatial-mode and diffraction phenomena, ultra-high surface area nano-materials, and opto-electronic devices for trace-level biosensing.


Curriculum Vitae (here) -- Last updated December 2017.

  • Current Students

    Tahmid Talukdar

    Tahmid is a graduate student majoring in Electrical Engineering at Clemson University who comes from Sylhet, Bangladesh. Outside of studying, Tahmid is an accomplished guitarist, musician, programmer and a professional gamer. His research interests range from anti-lasing phenomena, to silicon photonics, biosensors, photonic nanocavities, fabrication techniques, and everything that has to do anything with light.

    Graduate Students


    Nazmus Sakib

    Nazmus is a graduate student in Electrical Engineering who comes from Dhaka, Bangladesh.  He completed his Master of Science from University of Stuttgart, Germany, and was previously a software engineer at Samsung R&D Institute, Bangladesh and Woodward GmbH in Germany. For leisure Nazmus enjoys watching movies, TV shows, and listening to music. His primary research interest lies in photonic device design, simulation and fabrication. He's currently investigating low mode volume photonic devices for high efficiency actives.

    Rachella Mariano

    Rachella is a Sophomore Chemical Engineering Major with a Business Administration Minor, from Goose Creek, South Carolina. Aside from studying, she loves crafting, hiking and volunteering with her Service Sorority.  Her current research focuses on developing label free biosensors with an improved response time and limit of detection.

    Undergraduate Students


    Grayson Glanton

    Grayson is a Junior Computer Engineering and Physics major. His research involves developing novel approaches for label free biosensors based on surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Outside of research he enjoys playing tennis and reading.


    Ethan Kirkland

    Ethan is a senior in materials science and engineering with interest in nanoparticle synthesis and graphene production and application. His current research aims to produce nanoporous graphene for novel applications in filtration, desalination, energy storage, and other fields. His hobbies include spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, running, and the occasional video game.

    Students interested in  research opportunities should contact Dr. Ryckman to inquire.

  • Past Students

    Gabe Allen

    Gabe joined us to conduct research through the Clemson SURE program 2017. He is a rising Junior at Western Michigan University majoring in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Applied Mathematics. His research is on porous silicon based optical waveguide biosensors. In his free time, he enjoys participating in service events through WMU’s Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society chapter as well as going to the gym and the beach.

    Mark Anayee

    Mark is interested in nanomanufacturing of silicon, graphene, and other 2D materials and the study of their electrical and optical properties as they relate to computing and sensing applications. Other interests include the synthesis of new crystalline ceramic materials for use in energy storage devices such as solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). His hobbies include watching Barcelona soccer games, playing soccer outside, and watching movies.

    Aliya Langley

    Aliya performed research with us through the Charles Townes Summer Program 2017.  She is a Junior Biochemistry major from San Diego, California. Her interests include music, fashion, watching and playing sports, doing volunteer work, and spending quality time with family and friends.