Mahmoud S. Rasras

Mahmoud S. Rasras Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Associate Professor - Microsystems Engineering
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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.